The Legend

The Legend

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spanky 1/1

2013 Leaf Memories Buy Back 1/1

I've been on a hot streak finding the Pirates out of this set.  Last month I showcased the Bob Walk 1/1 and I obtained a copy of the /5 version in a trade with Too Many Verlanders.  Several Pirates are in this set so it will be fun to hunt them down.

Mike Spanky LaValliere was a fan favorite in Pittsburgh.  He was acquired when the Pirates traded Tony Pena to the Cardinals for Andy Van Slyke, Mike Dunne and LaValliere.  Needless to say that deal really worked out for the Bucs.  A defensive catcher LaValliere along with Don Slaught formed an effective platoon during the successful early 90's Pirate teams.  Obviously not an Adonis, it is easy to see why Spanky is a fitting nickname.  

Thanks for checking out the blog.  The Bucs beat the Cubs this afternoon so it is a good day!  


  1. He kind of does look like a grown up version of Spanky from the Little Rascals. Congratulations on the pc addition.

    1. Thanks Fuji! One of the cool things about baseball is that you don't have to be some freak athlete.