Over the weekend the Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed four new members – Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz. These are players that have had tons of merchandise made over the years. An amateur collector would probably think rookie cards of those guys are worth tons. In truth, its the total opposite. Their rookies were so overproduced they barely sell for anything unless you have some obscure regionally issued minor league card.
Each year the Baseball Hall of Fame rolls out it’s line of merchandise for the new inductees. Pins have always been at the core of new stuff. The pin pictured above is what members of the press received during the 2015 induction ceremony. I believe other significant individuals received the same pin as well. On the reverse side you’ll find that it is serial numbered out of 5,000 copies. They have been selling for $50.00 to $100.00.
The pin pictured below looks almost identical to the version provided to the press and other elite attendees. But its far from the same thing. The quality of the real deal is much higher. If you look closely the real thing has multiple layers to it as well. This other pin below is only one layer and the quality just isn’t that high. Plus it isn’t numbered on the back. I don’t believe this is a fake. I think they just used the same design for mass production versions to be sold in souvenir shops.