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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Triple Threat

I've been away from home most of the weekend, but I wanted to showoff this bad boy. It is one of the nicest cards I've added in a long time. 

2016 Triple Threads Marte/Polanco/Harrison Auto /27

You don't often see triple autos that feature three every day players, but such is the case with this awesome Triple Threads card sent to me by my good pal Kevin of Card Papoy fame. He had told me to expect a high end direct delivery from eBay, but you don't really prepare for an awesome triple auto. 

I have a bunch of cards from Kevin to showoff soon, but obviously you can see why this one needs a post all to its self.  Wow Kevin!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

So Much Variety

I'm in the midst of quite the mail week.  It is a cool feeling when people just send you cards out of the blue. My scanner is working overtime this week which is a beautiful thing.  

A couple weeks back Julie hit me up on Twitter to ask me if I would like this card.....

Yes Please!!!!! This jersey from Ginter even has a nice stripe.  Nice change of pace from this set as many of the relics are very boring.  

Of course Julie didn't stop at just the Ginter relic. 

I'm a sucker for any portrait/canvas cards out there.  Topps Gallery has long been a favorite of mine.  It kind of looks like a little league field in the background.
I had to actually go look this set up to jog my memory.  2003 Fleer Splendid Splinters is one of about 9 billion short lived sets in this era.  Love receiving cards like this.

Upper Deck channeling its inner Studio.

Bazooka was kind of fun for a short period of time.  I think UD Collectors Choice or Topps Total will be forever my favorite budget sets, but Bazooka provided a nice change of pace.
Julie really hit me with a bunch of short lived sets.  Here is cardboard God Jason Kendall.

A very young Aramis Ramirez.  Private Stock would have been so much better if they didn't distort the backgrounds.
Some current Buccos.......for now.
Julie sent what I think was the full team set of Chrome.  The Marte and Cole were my favorites this year. Throwback Bucco uniforms always make good cardboard.

I haven't done a whole lot with the Bowman sets the last couple of years.  Nice to receive some Platinum in trade.


Love the Jackie Robinson day card.

One of these years I need to catalog my Bay collection.
A little vintage...Carl Taylor looks like he is about to throw up.
I think this Neil Walker might be my favorite of the whole bunch.  The team name on this card is way too big but it is such a great shot.

Thanks for thinking of me when you pulled the Cutch Julie.  I'm working on a return shot soon.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mad Max and Friends

My pal Dennis recently surprised me with some great cards (and magazines!) last week.  Of course anything involving Dennis is taken to the next level.  

I thought it was a rule that if your name is Max your nickname automatically becomes "Mad", but unfortunately Max Carey's nickname was Scoop.  Either way check out this beauty of the Pirates Hall of Famer. 

This card looks perfectly fine to me so I'm not sure why it is a PSA 6.  Thanks so much for sending this one my way. Note to self, don't send cards for grading.  I don't think I have the eye for it.

A Prestige Plate of former Mountaineer great Tavon Austin.   I'm sad that the Rams continue to not utilize the speedster. Free Tavon! 

Another Plate! This is a 2016 Bowman Platinum Gerrit Cole.

I'm sure I can speak for Dennis when I say it is always a bonus to have our chosen schools players featured in their college uniforms.

Some of the biggest names in Pirates history here. Love the Clemente.

Some great Topps Gold parallels. The Alex Presley is a great shot.  Also nice to get a Burnett featured in the Bucco uniform.

I don't fault the Pirates for taking Pedro Alvarez, but man oh man it would have been nice to have Buster Posey. 
If the Pirates are going to compete for the playoffs next year they really need Glasnow to be good. He has been a disaster so far at the MLB level.  

Last, but not least is a nice bunch of magazines featuring the Pirates (and Penguins) prominently.  I'm looking forward to looking at the Beckett more closely. I find those old Beckett's fascinating.  

Thanks so much for the surprise cards Dennis.  I look forward to getting you back! 

Thanks for reading. 

Monday, September 18, 2017


Before I get back to trade packages tomorrow I wanted to show the completed Flair Showcase Legacy Collections of Jose Guillen and Al Martin.  Below is all three rows for each player, starting with Row 2 and ending with the most difficult, Row 0.

Thankfully this turned out to be cheap and pain free to complete. A seller that seems to specialize in 90's inserts had a complete set of these so I was able to fill in my gaps with ease.  My hope down the road is to finish the Jason Kendall portion.  I had a chance to add a few of his recently, but prices were all over the place.  These are the type of cards that will sell for $5 one day and $30 the next.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Adventures in eBay Packaging

I had no intentions of posting tonight, but I found this so odd I thought I should share.

I actually laughed while opening this card.

It may be a little hard to see, but that is half of an Ultra Pro One Touch Magnetic case.  I only received that half of the case.  The card itself was placed in a toploader with a ton of tape wrapped around the opening.  The card was then placed in the magnetic case with a thick piece of white cardboard protecting the other side.  WTF, right?

The card arrived safe and sound so no negative feedback or anything like that.  Just when you think you've seen it all something like this pops up. If any of you have half a one touch case sitting around you now have a way of utilizing it!

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Payday Games

Today I'm heading out for the WVU/Deleware St football game. Obviously it is not a marquis opponent, but it is the last game before conference play starts so you hope you begin to develop some depth.  Our coach is on record in that he thinks power 5 conferences should play each other during non conference play.  Without looking I'm sure this game was added after the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 and needed to make new arrangements with their schedules.  Most non conference games are agreed 5-10 years in advance so that seems to make sense.

I only get around 6 games a year so no matter the opponent I'm going to show up and enjoy the game. Plus it is a nice excuse to have a beer and eat tailgate food. 

Man alive those Steve Slaton have a ton of cards. It will take me a lifetime to accumulate half of his releases because the year he was drafted (2008) was peak relic/auto time.  Both 2007 and 2008 NFL draft produced a ton of notable running backs so you got a lot of cards that looked like this 2008 Ultimate Collection patch.  This is why a lot of Slaton cards still hold value. 

Enjoy the game today.

Let's Go Mountaineers

Thursday, September 14, 2017


I recently completed my first ever trade with Brian from the Cutch-centric blog Collecting Cutch. It was a BIG trade.  He has already discussed the five cards I sent his way. 

You probably remember Brian's old blog, Pirates Treasure Room.    Around the beginning of the year he decided to refocus his collection to where the majority of his effort would be devoted to Cutch. This opened to door for Brian and I to do some trading.  

While obviously I like to collect the Pirate star myself, I'm by no means a super collector.  My Cutch collection is relatively large, but it has been dormant in terms of high end autos/relics since he became a bona fide superstar.  I enjoy variety too much to spend big dollars on one player.  I'm sure I can speak for Brian and that we miss the days a Cutch auto would cost  in the $5-10 range.  

A few weeks back Brian sent an email with a list of Cutch cards I owned that he would be interested in trading for. He had six cards in mind and I ended up trading 5.  Because I knew Brian had an awesome Pirates collection I gave him free reign to build the return package.  I was not disappointed.

This post is only showing the Gerrit Cole portion of the trade package.  Brian sent a priority mail box full of great cards that I will showoff over time. He wasn't joking when he said he could give me a years worth of blogging material for the Cutch cards I sent his way. 

If you read my drivel on a somewhat regular basis you know that I love the framed Topps parallels. I found a decent amount of them when they were numbered to /20 and /16.  For some reason Topps decided to make them 1/1's which ultimately stopped my hunt.  Thanks to Brian I now can finally add a 1/1 silver frame to my collection.

This was the WOW card of the return package.  Nice patch, high end set.....this card has it all. 

A very nice /25 auto!

Last but not least is a dual auto from Platinum featuring another very good pitcher in Sonny Gray.  Lots of cool combos from this Bowman Platinum set.

This was such a fun trade Brian.  I'm glad we were able to break the ice.  In the coming months I'll continue to show off some of the cards you sent my way, but I wanted to make sure to show these Cole's right away.

Thanks for reading.