The Legend

The Legend

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hello Neighbor

Hard to believe its been close to four months since I announced my blogging retirement.  I do miss it, but the work reasons I cited for leaving are still very much present.  With that being said I figured I do one of those back to school things where I talk about my summer.  It will also help the blog from becoming totally dormant when/if my current schedule changes. 

Most of my hobby time over the summer was spent organizing.  I got the majority of my WVU collection in binders which like any organization project took ten times longer than I hoped.  Initially I figured it would take 5 binders, but quickly figured out about 3 times that was needed.  I have way too many Steve Slaton cards!

I'm in preliminary stages of planning out my Pirate organization project.  I feel like I'm going to need several industrial engineers on retainer. Right now my thinking is getting long term Pirates like Cutch, Marte, Neil Walker and Jason Bay in binders while organizing monster boxes for shorter term guys.  Time will tell.

New arrivals into the collection have been WVU dominated.  2018 was an odd year for Pirate releases. Checklists continued to be dominated by the likes of Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte.  While I like collecting each guy, I'm more than set on having a nice rounded out collection of each.  Just type in Starling Marte in trading card database.  SO MANY CARDS!

In some ways its kind of a throwback to the early/mid 2000's when most of my new additions were retired players. 

I bought this redemption not long after Archives released.  This has always been a nice way to save a few bucks over the years.  As I expected, the turnaround was very short so the gamble paid off. 

As the summer ends in Morgantown everything shifts to football.  While football will never be a favorite sport for me I do enjoy this time of year.  I live within walking distance of the stadium so our house becomes somewhat of a meeting ground for all my out of town friends during home games.


 As usual with most of my posts over the years I just throw a bunch of pics with complete disregard to timing and subject matter. 

I rarely buy non core collection stuff these days, but made an exception for this Bill James auto. 

 Four years ago my wife and I decided to have a combined birthday celebration in which we hosted a few friends for an Oktoberfest themed tailgate. Fast forward to present day and that celebration has blossomed into a huge party which we had close to 60 people over.  The sausages were direct from Wisconsin.  Its a good bit of work to pull this party off now, but we love it. 

 As I mentioned above, the WVU collection has taken center stage since my retirement.  The fact that former WVU point guard Jevon Carter actually has cards is a big deal.  I enjoy college basketball a ton so I'm glad I'll have something to look for besides straggler Joe Alexander and Devin Ebanks cards.
 Good lord I'm jumping around like crazy....

The obscure retired autos from Heritage can be tough to find and expensive.  I've been trying to dig up some stragglers that I've missed over the years like this Harding Peterson.

 Back in the early summer I picked up a handful of Will Grier cards from the Leaf Army set knowing they would be too expensive once the season starts.  I'm glad I did.
 One of the few 2018 cards I picked up.  Loved the Homestead Grays uniform pic too much not to buy it.
 I went to Asheville NC in August.  If you like craft beer I highly recommend a visit.  They have almost 40 breweries within the city limits. 
 Asheville is also famous for being home to America's largest home, the Biltmore. 

 With so many breweries in Asheville you have to do things to set yourself apart.  Of course having great beer is always number 1, but good food is nice too.   This was dubbed Spanish surf and turf featuring bone marrow and octopus.
 Cool mural at Green Man brewery.


 This is a shot of Canaan Valley in WV. 

 Cool shot from a Black Bears game in Morgantown. 

So, while I'm not blogging I'm still very much involved in all my usual shenanigans.  At the very least this might help reduce the amount of Viagra and "make money at home" comments on my old posts. 

Hope everyone enjoyed summer! For those still lucky enough to have their chosen baseball teams still actually playing, good luck!



34 comments:

  1. One of these years we need to hook up for a Tigers/Pirtaes game... Home and Home...would love to see PNC Park and walk across Clemente Bridge.

    #HappyBaseballBirthday ⚾๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ to you and Mrs. Walk the Plank!

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    1. Thanks John! Detroit wouldn't be a hard one for me. Reasonable drive or a cheap direct flight from Pburgh.

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  2. Can't wait to see the George Gibson binder ;)

    Hope you're doing well, Matt.

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    1. Ha, I think you have that market cornered.

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  3. Matt, good to see you here! What a fun and busy summer for you. BTW - the Peterson auto is a beaut!

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    1. I wish it was more busy with fun things, but when I have gotten away its been fantastic.

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    1. Been spending most of my time outbidding people for rare Tino Martinez cards on eBay.

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  5. Matt good to here from you. Looks like a fun filled summer. Happy birthday to you and Mrs Walk

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    1. Wish I had taken a few more trips, but we made the most of what time we had.

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  6. Wow, 60 people in your house. Talk about something that I can't even comprehend!

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    1. Thankfully the weather was nice so many people stayed outside.

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  7. Yes, that party sounds fantastic! You can't go wrong with sausages from Wisconsin... good choice.
    I've been to the Biltmore. What I remember the most was the swimming pool in the basement and the bowling alley.
    BTW, I love your WVU football stadium shots. Morgantown seems to really get behind their football team.

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    1. When your state doesn't have a professional team all the support goes to the major college. People are passionate for sure.

      That bowling alley was cool. The main thing I remember is that George Vanderbilt was a bachelor when he built it. The pickup line "want to come back to my place" would really work for him.

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  8. My chosen team is still in play!!!!

    Thank goodness, I don't want to be watching college football.

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    1. Former Pirate great David Freese with the assist!

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  9. Good to see you on here! Glad you had a good time in Asheville. It's a pretty cool place!

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    1. Just for the beer and food alone its worth a visit. If you are an outdoorsy person makes it a must go.

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  10. That party must have been awesome! Normally when I hear sausage and party in the same paragraph... I try to tune out. But those Wisconsin sausages look amazing.

    P.S. Love the Bill James autograph. All the cool kids have them. Gotta eventually pick one up for my PC.

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    1. It was a sausage party....

      I love quirky autos like Bill James. His impact on baseball might still be understated.

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  11. As everyone has said, it’s great to see you again! Looks like a fun summer with some cool pickups. The Bill James and Josh Harrison autos are my favorites. That Scrap Iron one is pretty neat too.

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    1. It was a pretty fun summer. Just for the novelty the Bill James is probably my favorite.

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  12. Bob Walks the Plank again! Hooray!

    A rule I've found as per card projects: they generally take way, WAY more time and space than originally estimated.

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    1. Back into the abyss for a while. Hopefully can show my face sometime in the winter.

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  13. Thanks for the update! Great to see that the Plank will still get some use from time to time!

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    1. I'll try to give a proof of life every once in a while

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  14. *crossing my fingers for secret santa*

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    1. Highly unlikely, but maybe I can talk someone else into doing it. My November and early December are going to be really busy.

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  15. Thanks for checking in and keeping us all updated on your whereabouts and shenanigans!

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    1. Shenanigans galore! Trying to at least stay on Twitter some.

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  16. It's nice to hear from you and have an update about what's been going on. Looks like you've had an awesome summer.

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  17. It does take way to long to organize your cards...I've been trying for 40 years. Nice to hear from you again.

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