The Legend

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Extra Bases

I'm heading to Pittsburgh this weekend for my brother in laws bachelor party. Should be a good time full of drink, food and shenanigans. We are even hitting the Pirates game Saturday.  It is Gregory Polanco bobblehead night, so that is a nice bonus. The weird thing is I'll be the old man of the group. I'm ten years older than my brother in law so I get to see how young whipper snappers party these days.

The downside to being gone so much the last month has been cards. I have stacks ready to be sent out to a whole bunch of people.......just need to find a day to get the job done.  Soon, I hope. I figured I start showing a few of the cards Julie sent my way to at least get the ball rolling.

Let's all bask in the collective glory of 1994 Fleer Extra Bases

 Brian Hunter doesn't have many Pirate cards as he only spent part of a season in Pittsburgh.  Most remember him from his Braves days.

 I'm not quite sure about the design. /does massive line of cocaine. "Ok guys I'm picturing confetti and a toddler's attempt to cut out Rick White."


 I love looking for Al Martin cards because he played in the mid to late 90's for the Buccos. So much crazy stuff to chase.
 Sluggo!
 Cool bunting card of a guy who was known to be a pretty decent power threat.

 Nice shot of the 1994 All Star game patch.  The game was held at Three Rivers Stadium that year.
 My favorite card of the bunch. Andy Van Slyke was an easy guy to root for when he was a Bucco. Great all around player during his tenure.

Odd pitching face.  Cooke was probably in shock that he got someone out in 1994.  He did not have a good year.

Thanks for a trip down memory lane Julie. A big post showcasing all the other great cards will be coming early next week sometime I hope.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Brewing Up a Walker

2011 Topps Triple Threads Neil Walker Patch/Auto 1/1


A recently acquired Neil Walker card from a six year old set became topical again! The former Pirate who grew up in Pittsburgh (announcers will remind you at least 78 times during broadcast) recently was traded from the Mets to the Brewers. The Pittsburgh media overrated him a good bit, but he was/is a very good offensive second baseman when healthy. I suspect he will be a nice pickup for the Brewers who essentially just took on the remaining portion of his salary.  The Pirates are playing the Brew Crew this afternoon. 

As for the card itself this was a nice find. For anyone who collects Pirate cards, 2011 Triple Threads was a big deal.  It was one of the first high end sets to feature some of the "other guys" not named McCutchen.  It featured the likes of Walker, Jose Tabata, Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones. It was and still is one of my favorite sets to buy because of all the variety. 

Triple Threads is one of the rare sets that I actually like the regular jersey/patch cards better than the autos. The sticker seems to be more of an eye sore than usual on this one. Having the placement right on the torso is less than ideal.  With that being said I still highly desired the card because it adds a nice finishing touch to all the Walker's I own from this set. 

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Let's Open a Pack of 2002 Donruss Originals

Time to dip into the rainy day pack stash. Up to bat today is  2002 Donruss Originals.  Nothing like a newer set that paid tribute to sets that weren't that old to begin with.  My brain still has a hard time realizing that a set from 2002 is 15 years old.

The whole idea of this set was to pay tribute to the 82,84,86 and 88 sets using 2002 players.

 Guys like Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols tortured the Pirates throughout the 2000's.  Edmonds was sneaky awesome for a long time. If he could have had one or two more peak seasons he would probably be a Hall of Famer.
 I want to go back in time and tell Dusty Baker not to overwork Prior.
 I didn't remember Hansel Izquierdo so I had to look him up.  He only had 20 career appearances in the show. His Wikipedia page also told me that he got a DUI in 2015 with a dual charge of child abuse since three kids were in the backseat.....yikes.
 I like to think Zito is playing an acoustic guitar on a beach somewhere right now.  He always seemed like the kind of guy that does that often.....
Last but not least is awesome TTM guy Juan Gonzalez being featured in one of the first sets I remember using my own money on to purchase.

If you want to find out more about 2002 Donruss Originals click here.  It is a big set with lots of inserts, sps, buybacks and autos.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Free Day....FREE DAY!

Last Thursday my wife and daughter were both extremely tired and were going to call it a day very early. I decided to make the quick ride to watch the Black Bears play host to the Brooklyn Cyclones. This was a little extra exciting than normal as Pirates top prospect Austin Meadows was on a rehab assignment.


 He really didn't do much in the game, but it was nice to get a front and center view. One takeaway I had is that he was much faster than I expected. Hopefully he can shake the injury bug that has been following him this past year. He would have likely made his Pittsburgh debut already had he stayed healthy.  Pirates GM Neil Huntington said that he won't get the call now and will likely be asked to play Arizona Fall League.
 It was kind of a yucky night, but it wasn't gong to disrupt FREE DAY!
 Tickets for these games run in the $8-14 range.  You really can't beat the price being that it is similar to going to a movie. Plenty of free parking available too as the stadium is tucked between several large commercial businesses.

Back to cards tomorrow as I hope to scan the contents from a big mailbox bombing from Julie. 


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Liking Lots a Lot

Other than my box breaks with Kevin from Card Papoy and Brian from HSCA, my main way to accumulate trade bait is buying lots off of eBay.  Either a box breaker is getting rid of his Judgeless loot in one mega lot or the seller offers great combined shipping rates.  My latest pickup was of the combined shipping nature.

 I won several non Pirates, but this one was my favorite. Bowman Inception is always a much cheaper way to get a high end prospects autograph or future Game of Thrones actors.


 Polanco cards are dirt cheap right now as he is getting really close to being labeled the dreaded "injury proned" player.  This only cost me $8, which is about half of what it would have been last year.

 This jersey/auto cost me $4. When Polanco was first called up these were in the $30 range.

I always mention how collecting the late 70's Pirates is really cheap.  Players like Madlock, Parker and Al Oliver all sell low.  This Topps Supreme Madlock only set me back $3.

If you are a frequent purchaser on eBay it may be worth your time to check the sellers other listings. Usually I see a Pirate card I like and put a bunch of low ball bids on other auctions.  You may be surprised what you end up with.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Loading Up on Jameson

This Jameson.....


2010 Bowman Jameson Taillon Gold Rookie /50

Not this one....


Prices on Taillon cards are still relatively cheap so I've been trying to add a few higher end cards the past couple of months. Normally if I don't get the Chrome autos or parallels early the prices get too high.  For whatever reason the market cooled on Taillon and now I have this nice new Chrome gold parallel for the collection. I think the final price was right around $10 maybe a shade more.

It has been kind of fun watching the Pirates play themselves back to relevancy the last month or so. Thankful the Cubs and Brewers have opened the door a little for the Cards and Pirates to be within striking distance.  No matter what happens I should at least get another month of meaningful baseball.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trade: Wish They Still Came With Bubblegum

Jeff hasn't been active blogging but he's still super active on Twitter discussing Braves prospects. That is a busy job these days as the Braves probably have the deepest farm system in baseball.  They may not have the sexy names like the White Sox, but holy crap do they have a ton of high ceiling guys. 

The other day I received a PWE from  Jeff with some cool Buccos and Mountaineers inside. 



Every Stadium Club card is awesome compared to most sets, but I'm always kind of underwhelmed with the Cutch cards.  You would figure that some better shots exist other than swinging the bat. Either way I'm still very happy to get a gold foil card of the Bucco superstar.
The black foil cards only fall two or three a box so this is a nice get.  The Pirates traded Liriano at a good time.
Glasnow is back in the minors dominating like he always does.   I'm sure he will get called back up in September but not sure how much he'll pitch if the Pirates are in the race.  It is always going to be about command with him.
Everyone should have  a chance to rediscover 1986 Topps!

Marte is back from his PED suspension. He won't be eligible for the playoffs if somehow the Buccos sneak in.  I would imagine if the Pirates get hot in August they make a move to try and acquire an outfielder before the waiver deadline.

Purple refractors from Heritage have a nice look.



I got to see a good bit of Kevin Newman when he was a Black Bear.  A few weeks back Keller pitched there on a rehab assignment and currently Meadows is in Morgantown rehabbing,

Jeff and I are big college football fans so he always helps out my Mountaineer collection.  The Prestige card is pretty cool.

Thanks for all the cards Jeff!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Don't Judge Me NOW

I always feel like I'm a Topps NOW apologist, but I've enjoyed the experience.  Obviously I'm only speaking as a Pirates collector so my views can be taken with a grain of salt if you collect other teams. Since the program started I could only think of a few moments that I thought would receive a card that didn't. 

This year the Pirates seem to get cards in bulk.  Since I utilize the same seller I often get multiples in the same order.  Today I received a whopping four!


I know the ongoing joke on Twitter is that Aaron Judge gets a card for everything he does.  Judge hits homerun, scores game winning run, ties shoes...etc. Truth be told he probably deserved the attention since he basically turned into Babe Ruth for four months. If you break Yankees records you have to be doing something pretty cool.  Are his cards being produced to the detriment of some other big events.....maybe.  I'm sure Judge will get the benefit of the doubt for the foreseeable future judging by his sales. 

While this card isn't fancy it does prove one important thing.....CUTCH IS BACK! 

Josh Bell was the owner of my favorite NOW card from last year. Love the Cutch cameo. 



Any card featuring the gold jerseys is worth a purchase. The Polanco bear hug makes it that much better.
Another underrated NOW quality is that sometimes you get a card of obscure rookies!

Every time I post a NOW card I automatically want to post something from Spaceballs.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

My Canadian Pipeline

I don't know how Doug does it, but he always sends me a ton of WVU cards. I feel like every package I get is loaded down with multiple autos and parallels. Recently I sent some cards up to Canada and sure enough Doug hit me with a ton of great cards with WVU being the central theme. 

While I collect WVU guys both in their college and professional uniforms the preference will always be the collegiate garb.  This is a really nice jersey/auto of former Mountaineer running back Charles Sims.
I hate that Tavon is starting to get the "bust" label.  Hopefully the quarterback situation in LA gets stabilized this year.
I love Contenders! Always a deep checklist to go along with a really nice on card auto.

Quite the trio of Geno's! Hoping he can find a nice home backing up Eli Manning in New York. Geno got drafted into a disastrous situation with the Jets that pretty much set him up to fail.

Doug is also a nice pipeline for my modest Penguins collection.


This Hagelin is just fanstastic. Probably my favorite looking card of the bunch sent.


Goaltender cards are just so cool.  No wonder Doug collects goalies!
My first Shelton Gibson card!

Former Penguin Tyler Kennedy had a nice 5 year run with the Pens and helped them win a cup in 2009 against the Red Wings. 

How about a bunch of old Panini Steeler stickers! 

Thanks for all the cards Doug.  Look forward to our next swap.