“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2016 MLB All-Star Game Press Pin

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The pin provided to members of the media during the 2016 MLB All-Star Game is bringing in serious dollars.  Collectors have been spending $75 to over $100 for one of these.  Given the high demand these pins have on the secondary market, I think its very important that they look as different as possible from the ones you could buy in a gift shop.

When you compare the one made for the press to the other pins, the difference is quite clear.  Press pins for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game come with a gold, blue, and white ribbon attached horizontally to the back.  There is a gold star on each side too.  The actual pin affixed in the middle looks familiar to one that could be purchased from a vendor for around $5.  Although it would take some work.  What stops someone from buying one of those cheaper pins, picking up some ribbon & stars at a craft store, and attempt to pass it off as the real thing?  Nothing.  What should be the most difficult part of the whole counterfeit process (the pin in the middle) is served on a silver platter.  Pins sold in a retail setting should have zero similarity to those provided to the press.

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