College basketball is finally over. I watched a little more of it this year than usual, only because I filled out a bracket for the first time. My bracket took a beating, especially when Kentucky lost. That was the final blow. All well. There is always next year.
There is a lot of merchandise when it comes to all this March Madness stuff. The holy grail of collectibles to obtain (besides the net from the Championship Game) would have to be the press pin given to members of the media. When it comes to big sporting events like the Final Four and the Championship Game, pins like this are highly sought after. The press pin from the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four and Championship Game recently sold for just over $300.00.
The people in charge of designing the press pin should have gotten more creative. Pictured below is a pin that can easily be found for sale. It looks identical to the press pin, and sells for only $7.00 to $10.00. Someone could easily buy one of these cheap souvenir pins and try to pass it off as a press pin. There are a few minor differences to look for though. The NCAA logo on the cheaper pin has silver coloring around the letters “NCAA”. The press pin does not have this, just white lettering. A solid silver colored ring also circles the entire blue NCAA logo on the cheaper pin. When it comes to the press pin, the silver colored ring fades out near the top of the circle. Black lines were used inside the letters for the words “FINAL FOUR” on the cheaper pin as well. On the press pin they used silver lines. You can especially see this on the basketball in the word “FOUR”.