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In Praise of Jason Thompson

In Praise of Jason Thompson

I'm a bit full of the nostalgia today. I have a weird quest to acquire every regular issue baseball card for every Pirate player from 1952 to 1993. I want not just the cards that show them in a Bucco uniform, but every single card ever issued to them whether they were a Cub, Cardinal or Royal on the front of the card and became a Pirate later in their or had been a Pirate earlier in their career. I'm way more than half way there, but the bulk (or at least the expense) of the work has yet to be done as my collection essentially starts in the early 1970s. Thankfully, I have previously acquired all of the regular issue cards of the big three - Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and Bill Mazeroski. But all of those other 1950's cards have yet to find their way to my basement.

I recently won an ebay auction that is allowing me to purchase a number of the 1981 Topps Traded cards that I'm lacking. By this week I will have in my possession the 1981 Topps Traded cards of Gary Alexander, Rick Re...

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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