The Legend

The Legend

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Longball Leaders

This is a card I haven't seen in a long time. Snagged it up a few weeks back. 

2002 Donruss Longball Leaders Brian Giles /37

This is one of those cards where I paid 3 times more in shipping than the actual card cost. I really despise doing that, but the card is rare enough, and the overall price cheap enough ($4.50) that I decided to pull the trigger.

I'm such a sucker for these funky insert parallels. 

Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Must Have

I love seeing non star players get some cardboard love.  Usually when this happens I'm likely going to be thanking Panini.  They shine when it comes to checklist variety when compared to Topps.  

2017 National Treasures Don Hoak bat relic /10

I believe this is Don Hoak's first solo relic.  He was part of some triple relics in last years National Treasures set. As soon as I saw this card I knew I had to have it.  I paid $4.50 for the card and utilized the sellers combined shipping to pick up a few other Pirate cards. 

Hoak was on the 1960 World Series winning team.  He also is remembered for committing the error that ruined Harvey Haddix's perfect game in what was considered the best pitched game ever.  

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Secret Santa Should be Fully Operational

Everyone should now be assigned someone so please check your emails if you haven't already. Try to make sure you get your gifts out before Christmas. Have fun!

If for some reason you didn't receive an email from me let me know.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Beer and Bats

I've had a few of my ongoing blind trades morph into beer and card trading.  It is pretty much the best thing ever.  I highly suggest it. This time around it was my good buddy Jim aka GCRL who hooked me up.

I'm looking forward to trying these in the coming weeks. Mad Butch beer has a 10 WAR design in my opinion.  

I'm not sure if I have any of these HBP cards.  I knew about them, but it might be new to my collection.  Awesome!

A pair of Glasnow relics from high end sets.  Glasnow dominated AAA again this year, but sucked something awful in his Pirate starts.  Some scouts see him as a high end reliever so maybe that is where he will find his success.  I'm sure the Pirates will once again give him every opportunity to start before making the conversion.
It was cool to see Danny Ortiz get a card this year.  He only made a couple of appearances and likely won't have a clear path to the MLB again unless the Pirates have multiple injuries.

I'm thankful my blogging friends continue to throw some of the Fire cards my way.  I kept telling myself that I was going to buy some, but just never pulled the trigger. I know reviews have been all over the place, but I'm a fan of different and these are definitely different.

The lone football card is this numbered Willie Parker.  Parker topped the 1000 yard mark three consecutive years with the Black and Gold.

Thanks so much for sending me the brews and cards Jim. I already have one high end card for you, but need to fill out the package a little more before sending.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fuji Trade

My good pal Fuji surprised me with a package last week. From the looks of it around the community he might have hit everyone.  You've been busy my friend. 

I've always liked this card. Don Slaught is just chilling and taken in all the action.  My guess is he isn't coming up to bat anytime soon. Also Desert Storm cards are awesome!
Here we have international sex symbol Mike Spanky Lavalliere. The guy just oozes athleticism.  Spanky actually still helps out the Bucco catchers during Spring Training.

This is a very catcher centric start to this post.  Ryan Doumit played for the Bucs for parts of 7 seasons. He would often flash some great offensive skills, but ultimately injury and defense kept him from reaching a higher status. Once the saber crowd started fine tuning catcher metrics it would show that Doumit was a historically bad catcher.

With all the negatives I still enjoyed Doumit. He was a funny guy that was easy to root for.  One has to wonder if the Pirates had committed to a position change if his career patch would have been different.

I have a few of these in my collection.  It looks like Freddy put on about 30lbs in this sketch. 

Pinnacle is always fun and I love collecting Pirates from the era right after the playoff years.  The Kevin Young is my favorite.
I don't think I have any of these in my collection so I was happy to see these. This is arguably Panini's best set.

Great shots all around with the Jay Bell being my favorite.

I've been begging for some more Pirate related Bonilla cards.  Please put him in Fan Favorites.

Early Cutch!

Man, Myth and Legend to finish things off.

Really appreciate you including me in your mass mailing Fuji.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Needed Information for Secret Santa

I've sent emails to many of you already, but I still need some contact information for a few people that I don't even have emails for.

- Canyonwalker 2

If I don't hear back soon I will work to find replacements.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Secret Santa Rules and Needed Contact Information

I've officially closed the sign up period for this years Secret Santa.  It looks like we are standing at 41 so I'll add myself to even things out if I can't find one other person before this goes live.  Here are a couple rules/what is expected for each participant.

- The limit is $10 for the actual gift.  Feel free to add extra trade bait to take full advantage of the envelope.

- Please reveal your identity at some point to the recipient of your gift. This helps me do a nice wrap up post at the end and may help introduce some new trade partners to our community.  Here is the post from last year.

- Our biggest problem last year is that we had a few people not acknowledge that they received their gift. I'm asking that you either create a blog post, Tweet or at the very least email the person that the package arrived.  If you create a blog post or Tweet I'll link them to the main wrap up post.

I'll send out emails to everyone by Friday in regards to the person they will be buying for.  If we've never traded before or have recently moved please send me your contact information and mailing address to .  If you have any questions just leave a comment here or send me an email.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I Now Own the Greatest Cheese Board Ever

I've been the fortunate recipient of some very unique and memorable gifts since I started blogging. A recent gift from Peter from Baseball Every Night may take the cake.....or cheese....

That is a customized Bob Walk cheese cutting board.  It might as well be covered in diamonds with the Walk card being built into it.  If they bring back the show Cribs and I happen to be on it, you bet your ass I'm showing this off first.  Nothing says opulence like a Bob Walk cheese cutting board.  It will only be used when I acquire the rarest cheeses in the world.  Maybe I'll have my pal Kevin send me some French cheese, but that may not be rare enough.  It would have to be cheese from a one eyed pygmy goat made by monks. Get on that Kevin.

Now that I own this work of art, I wonder what else I can throw a Walk card in to make it better. Maybe all my formal dinnerware should showcase the greatest athlete of all time. I feel like I'm on to something here. I'm going to call a patent attorney...go about your business. I thought of it first, or I guess second. Thanks Peter!

Thanks for reading.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Oddballs From Mars

Mars National Bank that is.....

Thanks to Brian from Collecting Cutch I'm now the proud owner of a very unique Neil Walker set. It seems that Mars National Bank teamed up with the Pittsburgh native and former Bucco to promote the local bank with a set of 4 cards. Always super pumped to add some unique local oddballs. 

While maybe not as prevalent, you can still find some hidden gems. 

Looks to be a shot from Neil's high school days. 

Some Spring Training goodness. 

 Interesting way to get around the licensing.....
 Here Walker is showing off the classic Little League pose.

How about the backs.....

Each have a fact about Neil and then some not so subtle reasons on why you should bank at Mars.

Seriously, how great are these? Thanks so much Brian for sending them my way. More banks need to do this. 

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Last Call for Secret Santa

This will be my last formal call for participants in the Secret Santa.  I'll close up things in the next day or two.  Click here to join.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


I'm currently in DC with my wife visiting some friends and family. While we both get to travel quite a bit it is rarely together and childless. Needless to say we are both excited to have a dinner without a little one tugging on our legs. 

The WVU football team is playing away at Kansas State this afternoon.  One of the cool things about being in DC is that it is one of the biggest alumni areas for WVU grads.  Several bars turn into Mountaineer meeting grounds.  So I'm sure we will hit up one to take in the game. 

Obligatory new WVU card .

2007 Leaf Limited Jerry Porter Patch /10

Jerry Porter was one of the best athletes in WVU history.  He played safety, wide receiver and quarterback during his tenure. It just seemed like head coach Don Nehlen didn't know where to play him.  

While he didn't have a ton of work as a wide receiver, the Raiders used a 2nd round pick on Porter based on athleticism alone. He ended up playing eight years in the NFL and put up decent stats despite having to play behind the likes of Jerry Rice, Tim Brown and Randy Moss. Injuries derailed his career after signing a long term contract with the Jaguars. 

Let's Go Mountaineers! 

Thanks for reading. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Diamond King Challenge

One of the fun aspects about our hobby is finding out about cards you had no idea existed. A few weeks back I made such a discovery and really cashed in on some unique cardboard. 

A set that I hold near and dear to my heart is the mid 2000's versions of Diamond Kings.  I'm a fan of canvas cards so that got me interested right away, but what set DK apart was that the checklist was Pirate heavy.  As many of these cards I purchased over the years, one parallel set flew under the radar until my recent eBay discovery.

Have you heard of the DK Challenge Factory Set? Apparently the first 450 collectors to send in the complete base set of 450 cards received a special DK Challenge factory set. Each set would also come with 4 printing plates and two random one of one inserts.  That was news to me. 

When browsing eBay I often look for DK cards and came across a seller liquidating a huge collection of the 1/1's from the challenge set.  I'm not sure if he had them all, but it was close.  I put all the Pirates on my watch list. 

If I recall correctly 11 Pirate 1/1's were listed and I managed to secure 9 of them. The Jason Kendall and Aramis Ramirez were the only ones I lost. High end Kendall cards sell well for whatever reason.   While it may look like I broke the bank, only 2 sold for more than $5 (Jack Wilson and Dave Parker).  Obviously some of the big names went for some huge coin, but overall some good deals were for the taking. I'm guessing the obscurity of the set scared some people off. 

The cards themselves mirror the normal DK cards minus the word "challenge" embossed on the bottom right.  You can't really tell from the scan, but you can notice what looks like some squiggly lines.  That's the work challenge. 

Here they are!

I'm most excited for the two Jason Bay cards.  I'm to the point where it is hard for me to find new ones and I was able to add two from the same seller. For appearance purposes the Cobra would be my first pick.  The guy just has a ton of good cardboard.

Did you know this set existed?

PS: If you want to join Secret Santa 2017 click here.

Thanks for reading.