The Legend

The Legend

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rejuvenation

Sometimes you see a new release that grabs your attention for whatever reason.  Such was the case with 2017 Topps Pro Debut.  I always like the minor league sets, but this checklist was even more exciting than usual.


The first ever certified auto featuring a WV Black Bears uniform! Last year was the first mainstream cards with Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer, but this year we get the Will Craig auto!!!!!  This picture is stolen from eBay, but I've already won the base auto and hope to add some parallels in the coming days. The Black Bears play about 5 minutes away from my house so I've made it a mission to accumulate all the cards released featuring the short season affiliate of the Buccos.

The one negative with this set is that it features a certain former Heisman Trophy winner so the prices for boxes will likely be higher than normal.  So it will be all eBay accumulating for the foreseeable future.

If you come across any Will Craig cards from Pro Debut I'll be happy to take them off your hands.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mean Cards

My Buccos haven't been very fun to watch the last couple of weeks so I figured I would take a break from showing baseball cards and dig deep for some Steelers.

I have a fairly large Steelers collection that has been dormant minus what I receive in blog trades. Only so much money to go around for cards so they were the odd collection out once I got married. Maybe once I become CEO of a fortune 500 company I can begin to scour eBay again.



The biggest part of my collection is Hines Ward, but I also made it a point to add some of the Steel Curtain era guys.

2004 Donruss Classics Joe Greene Auto

Joe Greene is one of those guys that signs a lot, but he has such a demand the cards still hold their value well.  Base autos are still going to cost you in the $30-$40 range. I have had this card for over 10 years so I'm not sure what I paid, but I'm guessing it was in that area.

Sad Pirate fact of the night....The starting outfield is Adam Frazier, Danny Ortiz and John Jaso :(



Monday, May 22, 2017

The Lost Collector Likes Bunting

It seems my good pal AJ has been sharing his love of Bunt with all the blogs.  Late last week I received a pwe of a nice sampling of the 2017 Buccos.

 It really is nice having a bargain set that people are really gravitating too.  I think people are a little sick/bored of Opening Day so Bunt has been a nice change of pace.  Here is a blue parallel of Marte. I'm sure there is some kind of joke about feeling blue and PED's but I'm not that creative right now.

 The base cards are so vibrant.  I know several blogs have discussed these in detail so I'll spare the wordy review, but needless to say I like them. The team oriented color schemes kind of remind me of what Donruss football does.

 The two big Bucco rookies.  Glasnow has struggled while Bell has been very good.  People worried about Bell's defense but he has been fantastic at first.  He is also showing more power than he ever had in the minors which is a good thing.

 Two well known regulars to finish out the Bunt.

Ugh....I'm starting to lose hope in Cutch going back to the player he was.  I know his babip is extremely low so his slow start has some bad luck, but metrics like bat speed are not painting a nice picture. I'm really hoping for a nice 6 week spurt or the Buccos are going to be in big trouble.

Thanks for all the cards AJ.  Love the Bunt set! I may have to buy a few packs myself.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

My First NOW Auto

Back before Spring Training started Topps sent out a coupon for anyone that was going to take the plunge on one of the 15 card Topps NOW team sets.  After some debate I decided I would take the plunge on the auto version since the checklist was Marte, Glasnow and Taillon.  I had my fingers crossed for a Glasnow since it would be considered a rookie auto, but it didn't end up like that.

Quick side note....Sells of these team sets were really poor.  One big reason besides the asking price had to be that Topps really dropped the ball on the checklists.  Many teams including the Pirates didn't have all 15 cards announced by the deadline.  Seemed like a really lazy mistake unless I'm missing something.  It wasn't a big deal for me as all the players I wanted to see were announced already but some teams only had about half listed.

 For obvious reasons this is probably not the most desirable card to get right now, but I didn't mind.  It had been a while since I've added a nice Marte to the collection and this goes down as one of the more unique.  This is actually one of the parallels, but since so few sets were produced I'm wondering if all the autos are short printed.  So far of the three signers I've only seen two Marte's on eBay. One was /10 and the other /25.

 Here is the base version.
 Love the Cutch card. It has a nice Spring Training feel to it. The Bell might turnout to be a nice rookie card since the set is so low numbered.

 Harrison for the win here.  Nice to see a David Freese Pirate card too.  He has only had a couple so far.
 Another Glasnow rookie and a rare Nova Pirate card.

Real life Pirate John Jaso.

Overall I'm happy with the purchase. Obviously it wasn't the best of times to receive a rare Marte auto, but either way it is a welcome addition to the collection. I was torn on whether I would have found these cheaper on the secondary market, but I feel I probably made the wise decision with ordering straight from Topps.  Right now I'm not even sure if the Glasnow and Taillon autos were produced and the Marte's I've seen are super expensive on eBay.  I just don't think many of these will make their way to the secondary market.  Time will tell I guess.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Upgraded to Section 36

Ron runs the Red Sox oriented Section 36 blog.  I feel like I missed out on my trip to Fenway by not sitting in that section. If you haven't checked out his blog, it is always a great read.  The guy loves his Red Sox. 

A few weeks back Ron contacted me about sending some Bucco cards my way. He then explained how he purges his collection every ten years.  When he opens packs he pulls out all the Red Sox cards and anything that can be sold on eBay.  He then boxes all the extras up by team and gets rid of them after 10 years. That my friends is some organization. I can speak for many of us that I would love to be that organized where I could do that. 

Since he does the 10 year system I inherited 2007 plus a few extras. 



 We could have used the Parrot behind the plate in 2007.  That season was an odd one for the Pirates. They had some decent position players, but the pitching was a train wreck.

 A numbered to /99 Pedro.
 This is a sharp looking manu-relic.  I usually hate these type of cards, but I actually like this one.

 Ronny Paulino and Ryan Doumit shared the catching duties in 2007.  This auto is numbered to /99. Paulino had a nice start to his Pirates career, but his defense went south in his second year.
 I do love manager cards.
 and team cards!
 Gold bordered Turkey Red cards are super cool!
 The Pirates uniforms always go well with gold or black parallels.

 Spring Training shot!
 About once a week I get reminded how cool UD cards were.  Love that Cota card.

 Tony Plush relic!
 The problem with the Buccos during the crazy long consecutive losing season streak is that for every solid player like Jack Wilson you would have three Chris Duffy's.

It is amazing how similar the four pitching cards are!

Thanks for the great cards Rob. I'll check your want lists out soon and hook you up with a thank you.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Big Fun Spoils


Wes brought out the big guns for the Big Fun Game. That is probably the least surprising statement in the history of mankind.  For those that know Wes, know for a fact that he is a madman.

I got a late number slot in the Big Fun Game which is good and bad.  The good thing is that it doesn't give much time for my card to get stolen, but the negative side of things is that the heavy hitters are likely not eligible to be stolen as they would have been passed around several times.

Well, things happened to work out for me....
 My prize was this cool printing plate of Casey Stengel.  A pretty cool card for just randomly picking a number!

Of course Wes threw in a couple of extras.
 An extra for Wes is a Pops relic.... Sweet Spot Classic was a cool set.  Great shot of the Pirate legend.
Cole Tucker was a first round pick for the Buccos a few years back, but was injury plagued from day one.  He seems healthy now and has really come out of the gate strong.  The Pirates need as many good middle infield prospects as they can get.

Thanks for the Big Fun Game Wes. You really outdid yourself.  Look forward to whatever else you got in mind.






Thursday, May 18, 2017

Giant in Person Trade

One of the coolest parts of my trip to Arizona was getting to meet Daniel from It's Like Having My Own Card Shop.  Daniel's generosity knows no bounds. He had already hooked my brother and I up with great tickets when he handed me pile of cards.

 I cropped the scan a little bit, but this is actually one of those gigantic box topper jersey cards. Here is a better photo to see the actual size.

Takes up a good portion of the keyboard.


 Here is a Sweet Spot auto that has held up nicely over time.

 Now this is an awesome card. What a great looking card with a nice bold auto of the greatest Canadian ever to walk the earth.

 Some new base from Gypsy Queen.  Man, did Kang and Marte ever screw over the Pirates chances this year.  Marte got pinged for PED's and Kang likes to drink and drive.

 John Holdzkom pulled the pitching version of the Natural a few years back. He came out of nowhere and was one of the best relievers for a month when the Pirates were making a playoff push. Next year he got hurt and hasn't been back to the big leagues since.

I like the Bowman Chrome tallboys. Poor Taillon has the worst luck ever. He had recently went on the DL with groin discomfort which ended up being testicular cancer. The prognosis is good as it is being reported that the cancer was found early.

Thanks so much for the great trade Daniel.  It was fun chatting with you.  Hopefully our paths cross again.

Thanks for reading.