The Legend

The Legend

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Obscure Retail Sets

2002 Upper Deck Rookie Debut Brian Giles Auto /25

This was an exciting find for me.  I have an extensive Brian Giles collection so when an auto pops up that I don't have I get bidding tunnel vision.  Thankfully the final number was only a shade over $10.  

What makes this card so unique?  It is most definitely the set it came out of.  UD Rookie Debut was retail exclusive.  The set up was very odd, as it was a "bundled" update set.  It updates three 2002 UD sets: Honor roll, Ovation and Victory. The "set" only features relics and autos.  

The card itself is actually really nice.  Very bright on card auto with a hand numbered serial number. Had any of you heard of this set.  Once I looked it up I recognized a few of the cards, but could not remember the set all.  

Thanks for reading

Friday, May 25, 2018

Iwamura Goes Bust

2010 Topps Tribute Aki Iwamura Auto/Jersey /99

In 2010 the Pirates had finally gotten rid of most of the old guard and were transitioning the team to center around players like Cutch, Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker. It was an exciting time as the minor leagues were no longer a vast wasteland and the team invested a ton of money towards scouting in the Dominican Republic. 

With all the player movement the Pirates had to be creative in finding short term fixes at a few positions. What seemed like a creative solution for the second base position was when the Pirates sent Jesse Chavez to the Rays for Aki Iwamura. Known as a high obp guy and a solid defender, it looked to be a great fit.  It turned out to be a disaster

From day one Iwamura struggled with every facet of the game.  He looked especially lost at the plate.  To make matters worse the Pirates insisted on him batting leadoff even when he was mired in an epic slump. Eventually he was benched, then released in September.  That season proved to be his last. 

Card wise he doesn't have much as a Pirate.  Somehow he snuck into a few high end sets.  The above Tribute auto that I recently purchased for $5.  One of those damn cards that cost more to ship than the purchase price.  I also have this Chrome printing plate.  

I have a sick fascination finding cards of players that went completely bust for the Pirates.  Iwamura fits the bill perfectly.  

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend. 

Thanks for reading.  

I'm trying to gauge interest in a Summer Secret Santa.  If you are interested sign up here.  Need some more people to make it happen.  

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Summer Secret Santa (Come Join)

This is Secret Santa with a twist.   I'm trying to promote secondary collections and get trades going. Just follow the link HERE and leave a comment with your "other" collection.  All the other normal Secret Santa rules will apply like the $10 limit and posting about your surprise gift.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Summer Secret Santa (Come Join the Fun)

What a couple of weeks at Bob Walk headquarters.  Hope everyone enjoyed the Wes appreciation posts.  It was fun letting everyone get a first hand look at all the crazy things he sent my way.  I can't believe I actually thought about doing all of that in one post.  The two week tribute seemed much more appropriate.

Now that the dust has settled I need to get things in order.  I have a stack of mail that is taller than me that needs my attention along with a few trade packages that need scanned.  In the meantime I thought I would roll out an idea I had a while back.

Introducing Summer Secret Santa!!!!  

The idea is the same as the annual winter version except one big twist.  Let's help those secondary collections! To join, comment below and mention another team or player you collect besides your normal primary focus.  For instance I would put WVU or the Penguins.  You could even use this as a kickstart for a new PC.  The possibilities are endless.  

I'll post some guidelines later on, but the $10 limit will continue.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wes Goes Nuclear for the Big Finale (JBF Appreciation Volume 12)

What could Wes send to top everything else? 

Secured by combo and lock I give you none other than

Drum roll please

That my friend is a Clemente rookie.  Game, set and match!  The man from Hazel Green went nuclear.

I never say never, but that was always a card that seemed unattainable. Little did I know it was Wes's end game.  You are the master my friend.

But that is not all......

I get to wear my own customized championship belt.  The detail and flair of this is crazy. I'm thinking about wearing it to work tomorrow.

Just so crazy right?!!!  Saying "thanks" for this type of generosity seems weak on my part.  All I know is that Wes is the most generous person I've come across.  I'm sad to see him stepping away from his blog and his crazy trading ways.  Our paths will cross one day my friend.  I know some point I'll be in Atlanta down the road so hopefully you can make the short trip east.

Big thanks to all those who checked out this two week adventure. It was fun to read the comments and let people get a glimpse of his generosity.  I declare this the end of the war.  My first post about trading with Wes was in June 2014.  Don't think I quite pictured that first trade escalating this far, but I'm thankful it did.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Antiquities (JBF Appreciation Volume 11 )

The penultimate JBF appreciation post.  Some random vintage with a few heavy hitters sprinkled in. 

Just a T206 and a Clemente.  Nothing special, right?

So here we are.  The big day is coming.  What did Wes send to top everything else?  Tune in tomorrow as I wrap everything up.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Last Hits (JBF Appreciation Volume 10)

We are sooooooo close to the end.  These will be the last of the modern cards I'll be sharing.  Like yesterday there was no real method to the madness on how I ordered these.  The only difference is this post will have all the 1/1's. 

Obviously plates don't scan very well.  This is Franquelis Osoria.  He only pitched in a few games for the Pirates but has a unique characteristic I forgot about.  He has an extra digit on his throwing hand!
Most people kind of rolled their eyes at these buybacks Leaf released a handful of years back.  I kind of liked them because it allowed me to find some new Walk cards.  Also, how else could I add a 1/1 RJ Reynolds!!!!

Gaby Sanchez had a great year with the Marlins right before he came to the Buccos, but could never reclaim that magic.
Once a top prospect with the Buccos, Herrera got dealt in the Marlon Byrd trade.

Early relics were just more fun.  All kinds of weird shit on the cards to keep it interesting.
You just don't see low numbered Elite Autos very much on eBay.
The Fan Favorites autos have been more hit than miss lately, but I was thankful to see John Smiley.
Former Black Bear Will Craig! 
Barnes was a legit prospect for a long time in the Pirate system, but was derailed by injuries.

One of my favorites autos from a few years back.  Love the flashback autos.  A lot of people forget Alou was in the Pirates system.
Tony Plush

Wilson probably had one of the more unique autos in recent Pirate history.


Pops relics are always a good thing.
Early Bowman's Best had some weird relics.


Cobra was a badass.

Operation Shutdown
Melancon looking like a boss.
These dual autos from Stadium Club seemed like unicorns when I was young.  You just never seemed to see them.  Pretty cool combo here of two guys that played in the league a long time.

Lots of reliever love.  Autos of Hanrahan and Grilli and the relic of Melancon above. Both autos are on card as well!
This is probably the best card of the bunch.  Hank Greenber and Billy Herman were only Pirates for a very short time.  One of the more unique combination of players you will see on a relic card.
International sex symbol Zane Smith.

The Diamond Collection relics worked well with the gold Sunday Pirate uniforms.
older Maz.

Hard to track the ball in the snow.

Oh man, did this set have about 10 million combos.  It was awesome but confusing as shit.
I'm suffering from hit fatigue.  That was a ton of great cards of pretty much all the big names of the Pirates in the past 50 years.

Coming up next.....VINTAGE and then the finale.