The Legend

The Legend

Monday, April 24, 2017

Drink Eat Play

I spent this past weekend in the DC area to celebrate a close friends birthday.  DC is always a perfect getaway because it is only a 3 hour drive from my house and I have lots of options for free lodging. This trip came at the perfect time as I had been putting in a lot of hours at work recently and needed to disconnect from my normal day to day routines. From that stand point the trip was a rousing success. 

The big event of the weekend was a craft beer festival at Nationals park. This festival really catered to the local Virginia/Maryland beer scene.  It was a ton of fun getting to sample some up and coming breweries. 

The only disappointment was the rain but it was likely a blessing in disguise. Friends that attended the even last year told me it was much more crowded the year before.  I don't think I waited more than 5 minutes in a line all day.  It was going to take a lot more than rain to stop me from having a good time.  


My friends are big into scotch.  I have enough expensive hobbies, but it was fun to try. 

This is bar called Jack Rose and it was one of the biggest whiskey collections that you will ever see.  It has been featured a lot on TV and the Internet so it is very popular place.  While they have some crazy expensive/rare whiskey most of the items are priced reasonably.  

 I don't know a ton about whiskey so I usually play it safe and go with something from Ireland that isn't super rare.  Such was the case of Redbreast.

 One of my favorite places to visit in the DC area is Ocelot Brewing. The beer is awesome and the staff is very helpful.  They also have a big WVU connection as the head brewer is a grad.

Of course I bought a few bottles on site to take homes.  Two of the best beer names you will find.

Overall it was a great trip that completely centered around having a good time.  Back to cards tomorrow!

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Back to My Comfort Zone

1999 Fleer Skybox Premium Star Rubies Jason Kendall /50

After showing off the ugliest card ever I feel like my blog needed a cleanse.  I needed to show something that is more in my comfort zone.  Enter late 90's parallels! 

I've shown a few star rubies cards since I started blogging, but this is by far the biggest name. Kendall and Brian Giles were the faces of the franchise in the late 90's. He was such a unique talent being that he was a catcher who had above average speed. Plus you have to go all the way back to Kent Tekulve to find someone with as many cool cards as Jason Kendall.  This is probably in my top three all time Kendall cards.

I'm slowly forgetting that SP Signature Edition card from yesterday....

Saturday, April 22, 2017

This May be the Ugliest Card I Own

2012 SP Signature Edition Bay/Francouer/Mauer/Willis Auto /20

I found this card on eBay not long after it listed and put it on my watch list. I pretty much hate everything about this card and yet here we are. Please make fun of me in the comments as I deserve every insult for owning this card. The allure of adding a new Jason Bay to my collection was just too much for me to handle.

While I'm not a super collector, Bay holds a special place in my collecting heart. I just enjoy adding cards of his no matter how crappy the design.  You put Polanco or Cutch on this card and I easily pass on it. 

Good lord this card is ugly......but it is mine. 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

HSCA Delivers Mike Fetters and Bob Walk

Brian is one of the lucky ones that has card shows and shops at his disposal. I'm not that jealous though because Brian is always looking out for me.  Each time I get package it is chalk full of unique items.

Speaking of unique.  Where in the heck did you find this Brian?  How cool is this! 

Kevin Newman has become a legitimate high end prospect.  He is likely the shortstop of the future who might make his debut at some point next season. 

 Brian is starting to learn his obscure Mountaineers!

 I love this card, but now it makes me sad :(

 Jay Bell left Pittsburgh before the parallel/auto/relic explosion.  Always a fan favorite, I'm pumped that Brian found this.
 Another unique item.  Yes this is part of a used 79 World Series ticket.  With inflation that seat now cost 42 million dollars.

I'm a huge team card fan and also have a nice collection of manager cards.  This nails both spectrum's.

 A nice parallel of Josh Harrison.  If he could ever learn some plate discipline he would be a super valuable player.  Did you see a couple games back when he was hit by a pitch in four consecutive plate appearances....Ouch
 Fleer have several short lived fancy looking sets from this era.  Some of my favorites to find Buccos from. Love this Kevin Young!
Professional drinker Jung Ho Kang.
 Brian continues his WVU dominance. The Quincy Wilson east/west game card from Ultra is my favorite.
 Brian really helped my team set with all these GQ Buccos.
 Sexy beast Mike Fetters.

 I'm pro mascot card!
 A card I forgot to show yesterday with the Donruss break.
Sorry Mike Fetters, you are still a distant second to Mr. Walk.

Thanks for the trade Brian.  What an eclectic bunch of cards and memorabilia.  A+ effort my friend.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Walk, Papoy, HSCA Collaboration #19

I think this is actually number 20 as I need to go back and post my portion of a Finest box from February. This time around I'll be showing my portion of a box of Diamond Kings busted by Brian of HSCA fame.

Of all the boxes we've opened in our collaboration, DK has delivered the most. On multiple occasions we have hit low numbered patches and autographs.  While my portion of this break didn't deliver a monster and did help my Pirates collection.

 The base cards of Diamond Kings all have a canvas feel to them. Like most Panini products the old time players look the best.  This Honus Wagner card is super cool.

 Here is Max Carey looking like my Dad when he was pissed at me as a child.
 A very young Paul Waner.
Watching Aaron Judge take batting practice is now on my bucket list.  Good lord can he murder a baseball. He just pulverized a hanging curve tonight.

 Here are a couple of silver frame cards. The Don Larsen is pretty cool while the Chipper is boring.

 A sampling of a few more base cards. It was nice to get both the Waner brothers in my break.

Now for my hit!
Obviously I was pretty happy that Brian pulled a Pirate.  We had been on quite a dry run pulling Pirate hits. Josh Bell will have a little more pressure to produce now that Marte is suspended. Hopefully he can have a big year.

Brian also threw in some cool extras in which I'll have a separate post tomorrow.  Here is a sneak peak of one of the cool items.

How cool is that!

Thanks for the break Brian.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trade: The Lost Collector

I've received some interesting things over the years in trades, but this has to be near the top of the list.

Yup, that is an inflatable parrot courtesy of The Lost Collector.  I'm not sure how he ended up with it, but my daughter thanks you.  She has been carrying it around everywhere. 

Of course AJ threw in some great cards. 

I really like this Rhoden auto.  He doesn't have much in way of certified autos so this is a nice addition. Extra bonus for pill box cap. 

Donruss Signatures is an all time great set.  How fun would it be to open a box! 

I really wish John Jaso was a little more productive.  Just imagine the marketing with him being a Pirate. The possibilities are endless.

Nice to see some Chris Stewart Pirates cards. One of 9000 former Yankee catchers to find a home in Pittsburgh. I often joke that it is just a matter of time before Gary Sanchez is a Pirate.

Jason Grill sporting Doug Drabek hair!

Thanks for the great cards AJ! The inflatable parrot was great.  Where in the heck did you get it?

Thanks for reading! I'm going to go back to being mad about Marte's suspension.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ed Sprague Will Break You

2000 Topps Stadium Club First Day Issue /100

What a cool picture.   It looks like Ed Sprague came off the top rope to destroy that poor catcher.

This marks the second day in a row showing off a first day issue parallel from Stadium Club. A seller that I frequently purchase from had a bunch of these go off on the same day.  Of course they didn't have the one I was specifically looking for off of my white whale list (Al Martin) but the Sprague is still super cool. 

On a different note I had a very close call with a package I sent to the Card Papoy in France. Normally I just throw the item directly into a mailbox, but for this latest package I threw it in my work mail.  Well, I don't think the package made it out of Morgantown. It was returned to me in about a week with the envelope badly damaged from what looked to be water.  Thankfully the contents were fine as the cards were in team bags and padded envelopes.  The envelopes were then put into one big shipping envelope.  My guess is the water damage faded the shipping address to the point where it wasn't legible and only my return address was able to be read.  The good thing is I print my own postage so I think I should be able to get a refund by using the reprint option since the postage was never scanned in the local post office. 

So for those who have sent me cards to send to France, they are fine and will hit the mail again this week....hopefully with better results.

Hope everyone had a nice Easter.  

Thanks for reading.