The Legend

The Legend

Monday, February 26, 2018

Friendly Rivals

Noted Cubs fan P-town Tom recently hooked me up with cards and beer! So far I've only gotten through one of the beers so that review can come at a later date.  As usual the card portion was fantastic.  Tom always finds unique cards for my collection.  

A couple of weeks back I featured both Al Martin and Mike Spanky Lavalliere on a post and ever since it feels like they have been hitting my mailbox on a steady basis.  That is awesome.  For the sake of Science let's see if I have magical powers.  Future posts are planned on Clemente rookies and Honus Wagner cards.  Now the waiting game.....

Tom has sent me quite a few unique TTM/IP autos over the years. This is a great card to have signed. Al Martin has some cool cards out there. 

Over the past year I've been trying to add a many Keller cards as possible knowing that he was likely going to skyrocket the top prospect lists once he hit AA.  Sure enough most publications list him as the Pirates #1 prospect and a top 20 overall.
Tom is keeping up with his current events!  Moran was part of the Cole deal and will likely be the starting third baseman for the Buccos.  He has kind of an interesting career arch already.  He was the 6th overall pick by the Marlins in 2013, but really struggled.  He eventually got traded to the Astros and seemed to regain his form last year, with the big caveat that he played in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League.  He will be given every chance to succeed in Pittsburgh.
A rare shot of someone warming up the pitcher in between innings!

I actually didn't remember Phillips.  He appeared in 6 games for the Buccos in 1999.  I'm mad at myself as I'm usually pretty good remembering guys from that time period.
Tom is just showing off now.
Things are getting crazy.
Tom is just hanging on the rim after a monster dunk.
Back when Neil Walker was a catcher!
Inception is an underrated base set.
I'm glad I've been getting some Gallery cards via trade.  I didn't open any boxes when they released. Kind of regret it....
Cardboard legend!
I want all the Keller's!

Keller just got his first Chrome auto in 2017, but his Bowman rookie base card is in 2014.

Topps Game cards are always fun.
This is awesome! I thought I had this card, but I"m pretty sure this is new to my collection.
Still in the pack!
Glasnow was a disaster last year.  I'm guessing he'll be given one more shot to start then it will be a permanent move to the bullpen.
Taillon has battled some serious arm injuries and cancer already in his young career.  The man deserves a break.
The Jamestown Jammers was the Pirates NYPL affiliate up until 2014.  It was then moved to Morgantown about two miles from my house!

I think it was my Dad that told me he remembers seeing "sets" from Renata Galasso being sold in the JC Penny's catalog.

Sigh.....The Pirates fan in me is going to have a hard time not seeing Cutch in uniform.
World class athlete, Mike Spanky Lavalliere. 

Tom sent a ton of cards.  My photos were only the tip of the iceberg.  You rock Tom.  I just got stocked back up on a few Cub cards so I'll be hitting you back very soon! Also I'll have some beer.  Beer and cards in the mail.  What a world we live in! 

Thanks for reading.  


  1. "World class athlete, Mike Spanky Lavalliere."
    These are words that I never thought I'd see in the same sentence.
    Glad the cards were a hit. Hope the beer goes down smoothly. They are some of my favorites... not sure if you get them on the east coast, but they're solid offerings for P-town.

    1. WV has pretty poor beer distribution because of archaic abv rules. It has gotten better the last few years, but still lagging behind the majority of the US. I was definitely excited to see the Revolution beers. I had some my last visit to Chicago and loved them.

  2. You posted so much of stud Bob Walk I believe a woman in Boise, ID is now pregnant.

    1. It happens. His rugged handsomeness transcends normal scientific rules.

  3. That Clemente really brings back memories.

    McCutchen as a Giant is breaking my heart. I think I'm more upset than Pirates fans.

    1. You must be really pissed because Pirate fans were dusting off their pitchforks.

  4. Tom is one of those guys who makes sure that every punch manages to land.

    1. For sure. He is so up to date with his players.