The Legend

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Black Bears and Bagpipes

Last week I mentioned how excited I was that 2017 Topps Pro Debut was going to feature the first certified auto of someone in the WV Black Bears uniform.  Well, I had this waiting for me when I got home this evening.

2017 Topps Pro Debut Will Craig Auto

Since the autos are stickers and the fact that Will Craig hasn't done a whole lot to build on his first round draft status, prices are cheap.  I'll probably try to add a few parallels and will happily take any in trade if some of my card buddies pull some.  If for some reason one of the plates fall into my lap I may try and get the rainbow. 

Now on to Bob Walk the Plank Parts Unknown. 

This weekend my wives side of the family had a gathering at resort called Nemacolin Woodlands. It is only about 45 minutes from where I live so it makes for a nice getaway without having to spend to much time in the car.  The resort is probably best known for golf as it use to host a PGA event. I suck at golf, but my mother in law was nice enough to treat me to a round so I hacked away like a madman this morning.  I did manage a par which was a freaking miracle, but it was sandwiched between a bunch of 7's and 8's. Right when you want to quit golf forever you hit a good shot that makes you want to keep playing.  

Here is a few pictures I got. 

 The scoreboard on the 18th hole.

 A lone bagpiper was playing on Sunday night which was really cool.

 Some nice views.
 This was a nice duck dish I had.

This place must have a busy grounds crew.  

Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Big thanks to any of you that have served over the years. 

Thanks for reading. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Boring Side of NOW

Here is where I get a little more critical of Topps NOW.  Overall I really like the concept, but sometimes the delivery leaves something to be desired.  To me this concept should really capture the moment. This photo used to commemorate a very efficient "Maddux" complete game by Ivan Nova is just so boring. It might as well be his 2017 flagship base card.

I think I like the flagship card better.  I know Topps is handcuffed by what Getty gives them, but come on.  Maybe a shot of him and the catcher shaking hands.  How about him fist pumping coming off the mound.....Seriously, anything would be better than what they chose.

I guess the joke is on me since I still bought the card.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Gift

Last month the Pirates made history when they promoted Gift Ngoepe.  Gift became the first African born MLB player.  It was a feel good story that was made even a little more special when he got a hit in his first at bat.  Of course you know what that means.....

As of right now it is hard to see Gift as anymore than AAAA type of player because the bat is weak. The thing that will keep him around in short doses is that he defense is top notch.  If the bat can come around some then he may have a future as a utility infielder but right now I see him more as frequent short term call up.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rejuvenation

Sometimes you see a new release that grabs your attention for whatever reason.  Such was the case with 2017 Topps Pro Debut.  I always like the minor league sets, but this checklist was even more exciting than usual.


The first ever certified auto featuring a WV Black Bears uniform! Last year was the first mainstream cards with Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer, but this year we get the Will Craig auto!!!!!  This picture is stolen from eBay, but I've already won the base auto and hope to add some parallels in the coming days. The Black Bears play about 5 minutes away from my house so I've made it a mission to accumulate all the cards released featuring the short season affiliate of the Buccos.

The one negative with this set is that it features a certain former Heisman Trophy winner so the prices for boxes will likely be higher than normal.  So it will be all eBay accumulating for the foreseeable future.

If you come across any Will Craig cards from Pro Debut I'll be happy to take them off your hands.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mean Cards

My Buccos haven't been very fun to watch the last couple of weeks so I figured I would take a break from showing baseball cards and dig deep for some Steelers.

I have a fairly large Steelers collection that has been dormant minus what I receive in blog trades. Only so much money to go around for cards so they were the odd collection out once I got married. Maybe once I become CEO of a fortune 500 company I can begin to scour eBay again.



The biggest part of my collection is Hines Ward, but I also made it a point to add some of the Steel Curtain era guys.

2004 Donruss Classics Joe Greene Auto

Joe Greene is one of those guys that signs a lot, but he has such a demand the cards still hold their value well.  Base autos are still going to cost you in the $30-$40 range. I have had this card for over 10 years so I'm not sure what I paid, but I'm guessing it was in that area.

Sad Pirate fact of the night....The starting outfield is Adam Frazier, Danny Ortiz and John Jaso :(



Monday, May 22, 2017

The Lost Collector Likes Bunting

It seems my good pal AJ has been sharing his love of Bunt with all the blogs.  Late last week I received a pwe of a nice sampling of the 2017 Buccos.

 It really is nice having a bargain set that people are really gravitating too.  I think people are a little sick/bored of Opening Day so Bunt has been a nice change of pace.  Here is a blue parallel of Marte. I'm sure there is some kind of joke about feeling blue and PED's but I'm not that creative right now.

 The base cards are so vibrant.  I know several blogs have discussed these in detail so I'll spare the wordy review, but needless to say I like them. The team oriented color schemes kind of remind me of what Donruss football does.

 The two big Bucco rookies.  Glasnow has struggled while Bell has been very good.  People worried about Bell's defense but he has been fantastic at first.  He is also showing more power than he ever had in the minors which is a good thing.

 Two well known regulars to finish out the Bunt.

Ugh....I'm starting to lose hope in Cutch going back to the player he was.  I know his babip is extremely low so his slow start has some bad luck, but metrics like bat speed are not painting a nice picture. I'm really hoping for a nice 6 week spurt or the Buccos are going to be in big trouble.

Thanks for all the cards AJ.  Love the Bunt set! I may have to buy a few packs myself.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

My First NOW Auto

Back before Spring Training started Topps sent out a coupon for anyone that was going to take the plunge on one of the 15 card Topps NOW team sets.  After some debate I decided I would take the plunge on the auto version since the checklist was Marte, Glasnow and Taillon.  I had my fingers crossed for a Glasnow since it would be considered a rookie auto, but it didn't end up like that.

Quick side note....Sells of these team sets were really poor.  One big reason besides the asking price had to be that Topps really dropped the ball on the checklists.  Many teams including the Pirates didn't have all 15 cards announced by the deadline.  Seemed like a really lazy mistake unless I'm missing something.  It wasn't a big deal for me as all the players I wanted to see were announced already but some teams only had about half listed.

 For obvious reasons this is probably not the most desirable card to get right now, but I didn't mind.  It had been a while since I've added a nice Marte to the collection and this goes down as one of the more unique.  This is actually one of the parallels, but since so few sets were produced I'm wondering if all the autos are short printed.  So far of the three signers I've only seen two Marte's on eBay. One was /10 and the other /25.

 Here is the base version.
 Love the Cutch card. It has a nice Spring Training feel to it. The Bell might turnout to be a nice rookie card since the set is so low numbered.

 Harrison for the win here.  Nice to see a David Freese Pirate card too.  He has only had a couple so far.
 Another Glasnow rookie and a rare Nova Pirate card.

Real life Pirate John Jaso.

Overall I'm happy with the purchase. Obviously it wasn't the best of times to receive a rare Marte auto, but either way it is a welcome addition to the collection. I was torn on whether I would have found these cheaper on the secondary market, but I feel I probably made the wise decision with ordering straight from Topps.  Right now I'm not even sure if the Glasnow and Taillon autos were produced and the Marte's I've seen are super expensive on eBay.  I just don't think many of these will make their way to the secondary market.  Time will tell I guess.

Thanks for reading.