I Traded A Jar Of Peanut Butter For A Pin – 2019 Little League World Series Pin Pickups

The 2019 Little League World Series is in full swing.  Baseball fans from all over the world have found their way to South Williamsport.  Pin trading is bigger than ever.  Corporate sponsors and local businesses have pins for everyone.  Some you need to buy, while others are freebies.

This is the first year that I did not visit the Little League campus.  Obtaining pins from the corporate booths has really become an activity for kids.  Years ago pins were easily handed out for filling out a survey or lining up at a booth at a certain time.  Over the course of a few years mobile apps and registering electronic bracelets for the Family Fun Zone has become a requirement.  That’s not something I’m interested in doing.  Personally, I think it adds a bunch of unnecessary steps.  I suppose it keeps the kids busy though.

Just because I skipped the Little League complex doesn’t mean I missed out on adding some new pins to my collection.  Between Dunkin’, Dairy Queen, various businesses on 4th street, and Williamsport’s Golden Strip, I came home with (22) pins.  Between the Chamber of Commerce and Dick’s Sporting Goods, I was able to pickup the pins I would’ve purchased over at Little League anyway.  Some places which traditionally have pins like Pennsylvania College of Technology and The Crazy Tomato don’t have them this year.

I’m not going to show off all (22) pins.  But I will show you some of the pins I got which I haven’t seen popup online yet and/or I find unique.

Woodlands Bank – in order to get this pin I had to trade-in a jar of peanut butter.  Woodlands Bank will donate the peanut butter to the Central PA Food Bank and Firetree Place.

Bullfrog Brewery & Restaurant

Kinley Jewelers

Dolly’s Diner

River Valley Transit


2019 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

I have a confession to make.  I’m easily distracted by shiny objects.  So are a lot of other collectors.  BE CAREFUL OPENING WHILE OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY!

I can only speak for myself, but when I finished opening my box one word came to mind… balance.  The box I opened contained a very nice balance of hits.  It probably is one of the best Topps Chrome Baseball boxes I’ve ever opened.

A hobby box will run you about $110 right now.  The base set consists of (204) cards with the following parallels: Base Refractor, Prism, Sepia (Blaster), Pink (Value Pack), Negative, Purple #’ed/299, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Wave #’ed/99 (Hobby/Jumbo), Blue Wave #’ed/75 (Hobby/Jumbo), Gold #’ed/50, Gold Wave #’ed/50 (Hobby/Jumbo), Orange #’ed/25 (Hobby), Orange Wave #’ed/25 (Hobby/Jumbo), Red #’ed/5, Red Wave #’ed/5 (Hobby/Jumbo), Superfractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

SP Photo Variations are quite difficult to pull falling at a rate of 1:247 packs.  There are (25) total SP Photo Variations.  Pulling the regular version is hard enough, but they do have parallels: Green #’ed/99, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

CMP codes are helpful:

  • Base – #369
  • SP Photo Variation – #409

Housed inside each hobby box are (2) guaranteed autographs which can come in the form of Rookie Autographs, Dual Rookie Autographs, 1984 Topps Baseball Autographs, 1999 Topps Chrome Baseball Autographs, Freshman Flash Autographs, and Future Stars Autographs.

Relics are case hits.  When you think about Topps Chrome Baseball, relics don’t always pop into your head right away.  They tend to be much more difficult to pull from this brand.  Called Debut Gear, these horizontally-oriented hits came out well and make me wish we saw more chrome-style relics.  Not only did I pull a case hit (1:544 packs) I got the Red Refractor version #’ed/5 (1:17,628 packs).  Not too shabby for a 24-pack box.  Debut Gear Autographs are also available.

Non-autographed inserts include 1984 Topps Baseball, Freshman Flash, Future Stars, and Greatness Returns.

I think you’ll agree that my hits were quite balanced.  One of these years I’d like to see some Topps Chrome Baseball National Sports Collectors Convention exclusive cards.  Shiny stuff!!!


Here is what I pulled:


  • Cedric Mullins Gold Wave Refractor Auto #’ed/50
  • Sean Reid-Foley Auto


  • Ivan Rodriguez Debut Gear Patch Red Refractor #’ed/5

SP Photo Variation

  • Justus Sheffield Green Refractor #’ed/99


  • Carlos Santana Purple Refractor #’ed/299
  • Touki Toussaint Prism Refractor
  • Jose Urena Prism Refractor
  • Dakota Hudson Prism Refractor
  • Sandy Alcantara Prism Refractor
  • Charlie Blackmon Refractor
  • Evan Longoria Refractor
  • Whit Merrifield Refractor
  • Nick Burdi Refractor
  • Jesus Aguilar Refractor
  • Justus Sheffield Refractor
  • Ronald Guzman Refractor


  • Ty Cobb/Bryce Harper Greatness Returns
  • Kyle Wright Freshman Flash
  • Cedric Mullins Freshman Flash
  • Scott Kingery Future Stars
  • Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. Future Stars
  • Miles Mikolas Future Stars
  • Ichiro 1984 Topps
  • Francisco Lindor 1984 Topps
  • Joey Votto 1984 Topps
  • Yusei Kikuchi 1984 Topps

2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Hobby Box Break & Review

A Beagle, the Wright Brothers, and Santa’s Sleigh all have what in common?  No.  This isn’t some type of a joke.  Each has a card in 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter.

You can’t compare Allen & Ginter to other card sets.  Baseball is the core focus of this brand, but there are lots of interesting and wacky things to watch out for.  Some of the cards and the subject matter on them can only work in a product like this.  Its been this way since Topps revived the brand in 2006.  Even the 19th century set its modeled after contains a lot of non-baseball items.  That’s what Allen & Ginter is.  Far too many anger addicted people jump on the hate wagon because a card contains a fictional piece of Robin Hood’s bow.  Fun and fantasy are part of Allen & Ginter’s charm.  It likes to take an authentic approach to fictional people, places, and things.  Animals, celebrities, historical events, and various pop-culture items have received the Allen & Ginter treatment.

Upon diving into your hobby box, you’ll notice (24) packs and a box topper.  The complete set consists of (350) cards.  Cards #1-#300 make up the main set.  Short Prints are found on cards #351-#400.  There are no cards that go from #301-#350.  Parallels include Gold Hot Box, and Glossy #’ed 1/1.

It wouldn’t be Allen & Ginter without a slew of mini cards.  You should receive (1) per pack.  The card numbering follows the same as the main set.  Parallels that you can get are A&G Logo Back (1:5), Black (1:10), No Number (50 copies), Brooklyn Back (#’ed/25), Gold (Retail), Wood #’ed 1/1 (Hobby), Glossy #’ed 1/1, and Framed Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.  SP minis have the following odds A&G Logo Back (1:65), Black (1:30), No Number (50 copies), Brooklyn Back (#’ed/25), Gold (Retail), Wood #’ed 1/1 (Hobby), Glossy #’ed 1/1, and Framed Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.  Limited to (50) copies its also possible to find A&G Logo Backs without card numbers.

Other mini cards that you can find include Base Mini Exclusives Extended EXT (Rip Card exclusive), Framed Mini Cloth, Mini Metal, and Mini Stained Glass.

Allen & Ginter is one of those products that you can look at the checklist all you want, but is best to browse eBay to see what pops up.  Topps regularly includes surprises.  I have yet to see a Mini Stained Glass card in person, but I’ve heard a lot of collectors enjoy the look of them.  The artwork used on The History of Flight inserts came out well, and is something I’d like to see used on baseball players.

With surprises around every corner, you never know for sure what you’re going to get.  I squeezed out an extra hit.  You’re only suppose to get (3), but my bonus hit was an autograph.  The truth is if you’ve enjoyed Allen & Ginter in previous years the fun should continue with the 2019 set.  A hobby box will cost about $99.

Who or what would you like to see have a card in the next Allen & Ginter set?  Here’s my list:

  • Famous video game characters (Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Kevin Conroy (voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman: The Animated Series)
  • Bill Murray (actor/comedian)
  • Jim Carrey (actor/comedian)
  • Jeff Daniels (actor)
  • Obscure/Famous/Historical taxidermy (The Lion of Gripsholm Castle)
  • Lost baseball artifacts (significant and authentic artifacts from baseball’s history which existed, but have since been lost to time)
  • Kermit the Frog (Muppet)
  • Harry Kalas (former Phillies broadcaster)


Here is what I pulled:


  • Quinn XCII Framed Mini Auto


  • Rhys Hoskins Framed Mini Relic
  • Chris Taylor Relic
  • Ben Schwartz Relic

Short Prints

  • Ty Cobb
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Jorge Posada
  • John Smoltz
  • Scott Kingery
  • Wade Davis
  • Sammy Sosa
  • Rogers Hornsby
  • Shane Bieber
  • Darryl Strawberry
  • Phil Rizzuto

Mini Short Prints

  • Ty Cobb
  • John Smoltz

Mini Parallels

  • Starling Marte Black Border
  • George Springer Black Border
  • Orlando Cepeda Black Border
  • Javier Baez A&G Back
  • J.T. Realmuto A&G Back
  • Wade Boggs A&G Back
  • Todd Helton A&G Back
  • Maikel Franco A&G Back


  • In Bloom – Lily of the Valley Mini
  • Dreams of Blue Ribbons – Marshmallow-Stuffing Contest Mini
  • Collectible Canines – Borzoi Mini
  • Collectible Canines – Yellow Labrador Mini
  • Collectible Canines – Beagle Mini
  • Aaron Judge N43 Box Topper
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Star Signs
  • Rhys Hoskins Baseball Star Signs
  • Randy Johnson Baseball Star Signs
  • Al Kaline Baseball Star Signs
  • Max Scherzer Baseball Star Signs
  • Clayton Kershaw Baseball Star Signs
  • Mares & Stallions – Andalusian
  • Mares & Stallions – Tennessee Walking Horse
  • Mares & Stallions – Irish Cob
  • Mares & Stallions – Quarter Horse
  • Incredible Equipment – Johnny Kaw’s Scythe
  • Incredible Equipment – Hermes’s Sandals
  • Incredible Equipment – Santa’s Sleigh
  • Incredible Equipment – Thor’s Hammer
  • The History of Flight – Bell X-1
  • The History of Flight – Wright Flyer
  • The History of Flight – Demoiselle Monoplane
  • The History of Flight – Hawker Siddeley Harrier
  • Clayton Kershaw – Ginter Greats
  • Stan Musial – Ginter Greats
  • Rod Carew – Ginter Greats
  • Chipper Jones – Ginter Greats
  • Frank Robinson – Ginter Greats
  • Ken Griffey Jr. – Ginter Greats

2019 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball (Active Player Edition) Hobby Box Break & Review

“Wouldn’t this card look nice with an on-card autograph?”.  That’s the question Topps answers each year with the release of Archives Signature Series.  That goes for the Active Player and Retired Player Edition.  I’ve had quite a bit of luck with this brand before.  In 2017 I pulled a Mike Trout autograph #’ed 1/1.  Last year I got a Starling Marte autograph #’ed 1/1.  No duds for me.  Now I didn’t get another 1/1 autograph this time, but it is a decent card of a pitcher doing well this year.

Buyback autographs are what keep the heart of this product beating.  Each box contains (1) encased buyback autograph of a currently active MLB player.  Just under (100) different MLB players have autographs in here.  Many with multiple cards.

For those of you unfamiliar with what a buyback autograph is, here’s a little refresher.  Topps will buy up a ton of cards they issued in the past.  They then get players to sign those cards.  Topps then foil stamps the cards with the “Archives Signature Series” logo.  The cards are then placed in BCW holders for their protection.

A single box will cost just under $50.  If you think that’s too expensive for one card, I’d recommend sticking to picking up singles on the secondary market.  Its amazing how far an on-card autograph on a simple base card can go.  Lots of past Topps designs are improved with an on-card autograph.

Very simple and to the point.  I’ve always said cards with a simple design are the most attractive.

Wondering if your favorite player has cards in here?  Take a look.  The amount of cards per player and the serial numbering varies.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Michael Soroka 2015 Bowman Draft Buyback Auto #’ed/79

2019 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

In an age where high-end hits continue to be the main focus of box breakers, Stadium Club aims to change that.  I’m going to say this right now.  Every Stadium Club box opened is a good box.  There isn’t a bad one in the bunch.

2019 Topps Stadium Club continues the tradition of superb and unique photography.  That’s what Stadium Club is all about.  The photos Topps uses are so entertaining to look at.  I truly believe this brand could survive without any hits at all just because of the photography.  That’s saying a lot, especially today.

When diving into a hobby box, you’ll find (16) packs with (8) cards inside each pack.  Sitting on top of the packs is an oversize box topper.  Some of these box toppers can be found with autographs and numbered to (10) copies or less.

The base set consists of (301) cards.  Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. made it in with card #301.  Full bleed photographs without a border really makes the pictures do all of the talking.  The checklist covers rookies, veterans, retired stars, and Hall of Famers.  Parallels of the base set include Red Foil (1:3), Black Foil (1:8), Sepia (Retail), Black/White (1:48 Hobby), Rainbow Foilboard #’ed/25 (1:147), Members Only (1:256), 1st Day Issue (1:367), Photographer’s Proof (1:513), and Gold Rainbow Foilboard #’ed 1/1 (1:1,808 Hobby).

SP Photo Variations are a bit more difficult to pick out because of all the unique photos used in the base set.  CMP codes can help:

  • Base – #768
  • SP Photo Variation – #805

What could make these base cards look better?  How about printing some on chrome stock?  That’s exactly what Topps did.  (90) Stadium Club Chrome cards can be pulled and have the following parallels: Refractor (1:64), Orange Refractor #’ed/99 (1:124), Gold Minted (1:257), and Superfractor #’ed 1/1 (1:5,976 Hobby).

Like I mentioned earlier, I strongly believe this brand could standalone without any hits.  But the on-card autographs do look really good.  Each hobby box should come with (2) autographs.

Autographs that you can get include Base Autographs, Base Chrome Autographs, Beam Team Autographs, Co-Signers Autographs, Emperors of the Zone Autographs, Lone Star Autographs, and Power Zone Autographs.

Inserts include Beam Team, Emperors of the Zone, Instavision, Power Zone, and Warp Speed.  Instavision inserts return as case hits.  Its fun to see the attention they receive on the secondary market considering they aren’t autographed.

I think its time we see some exclusive Stadium Club cards made for the National Sports Collectors Convention.  Its been years since that’s happened.  That concept could be taken in all sorts of directions.

It doesn’t matter if your two autographs are super valuable or not.  Once all of the packs are ripped, you’re going to be left with a nice selection of cards featuring memorable photographs.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:


  • Stephen Tarpley Base Auto Redemption
  • Ramon Laureano Base Auto


  • Javier Baez Warp Speed Red Foil
  • Charlie Blackmon Black/White
  • Yadier Molina Stadium Club Chrome Orange Refractor #’ed/99
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Stadium Club Chrome
  • Javier Baez Black Foil
  • Chris Taylor Black Foil
  • Corbin Burnes Red Foil
  • Albert Almora Jr. Red Foil
  • Niko Goodrum Red Foil
  • Matt Chapman Red Foil
  • Robbie Ray Red Foil
  • Ramon Laureano Red Foil


  • Juan Soto Oversize Box Topper
  • Christian Yelich Beam Team
  • Mookie Betts Warp Speed
  • Byron Buxton Warp Speed
  • Nolan Ryan Emperors of the Zone
  • Trevor Bauer Emperors of the Zone
  • Matt Carpenter Power Zone
  • Miguel Andujar Power Zone

Favorite Card

  • Christy Mathewson #29

Christy Mathewson attended Bucknell University, which is just a few miles away from where I live.  He’s buried in a cemetery next to the school.  Pretty neat considering he’s a member of the first Hall of Fame class.  Depending on the year, he’ll either have a bunch of cards made or none at all.

2018/19 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer Hobby Box Break & Review

Curious as to what the 2019 Topps Baseball flagship set will look like on Topps Chrome stock?  Have no fear.  2018/19 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer is here.

2018/19 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer utilizes the 2019 Topps Baseball flagship set design.  It gives us a nice preview as to what the flagship set looks like on chrome stock well before Topps Chrome Baseball comes out.

The set consists of top players from the UEFA Champions League.  (100) cards make up the base set.  Parallels include Refractor, Purple Refractor #’ed/250, Blue Refractor #’ed/150, Green Refractor #’ed/99, Blue Wave Refractor #’ed/75, Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Orange Refractor #’ed/25, Red Refractor #’ed/10, Red Wave Refractor #’ed/10, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

You can’t have a set like this without some SP Photo Variations.  Lionel Messi #1, Christian Pulišić #23, Harry Kane #48, Antoine Griezmann #84, and Cristiano Ronaldo #100 cover all of them.  I made a handy little guide showing you what the SP Photo Variations look like.  Checking the CMP codes can be helpful too.  SP Photo Variations end in #223, whereas base cards end in #203.

A single hobby box should yield (1) autograph.  Even if your autograph isn’t some life altering hit, the wide variety of colored refractors helps to balance things out.

Autographs that you can get include Chrome Autographs, Champions League Debut Autographs, Future Stars Autographs, and Superstar Sensations Autographs.  Non-autographed versions of the same titles can be pulled as inserts.

One tiny difference you’ll notice is with the player’s name.  With the 2019 Topps Baseball flagship set the player’s last name is shown above their first name.  When it comes to 2018/19 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer its reversed.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:


  • Matteo Politano Chrome Auto Orange Refractor #’ed/25


  • Gedson Fernandes Blue Wave Refractor #’ed/75
  • Marcus Rashford Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Lionel Messi Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Rafa Silva Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Marc-André ter Stegen Refractor
  • Luka Modric Refractor
  • Andreas Pereira Refractor
  • Lucas Moura Refractor
  • Marco Verratti Refractor


  • Robert Lewandowski Superstar Sensations
  • Neymar Jr. Superstar Sensations
  • Marco Reus Superstar Sensations
  • Harry Kane Superstar Sensations
  • Raheem Sterling Future Stars
  • Saúl Ñíguez Future Stars
  • Federico Bernardeschi Future Stars

2019 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

BIG HITS!  BIG HITS!  BIG HITS!  That’s what Museum Collection is all about.  Over the years I’ve pulled some incredible looking cards from this product.  2019 Topps Museum Collection did not disappoint.  What a great box!!!

Museum Collection is a high-risk, high-reward product.  That’s of course if you’re thinking solely about making money.  When it comes to modern day cards, making money should never be your #1 concern.  Today’s cards should be thought of as fun, not investments.  Too many products receive an unnecessary bashing because the people opening them didn’t get a high-dollar hit.

At about $200 per box, Museum Collection may not fit everyone’s budget.  Some may settle for just a mini-box.  Every box comes with (4) mini-boxes.  Inside each mini-box you’ll find (1) hit.  (1) on-card autograph, (1) autograph relic, (1) quad relic, and (1) prime relic can be found in every master box.

A 100-card base set is there to put together.  It consists of a mixture of rookies, veterans, and Hall of Famers.  Parallels include Copper, Sapphire #’ed/150, Amethyst #’ed/99, Ruby #’ed/50, and Emerald #’ed 1/1.

This brand is really known for only having one type of insert – Canvas Collection.  For the most part, you’ll likely get (1) Canvas Collection Reproduction insert.  If you get really lucky, there are Canvas Collection OriginalsCanvas Collection Original Player Autographs, and Canvas Collection Originals Shaped Sketches.

Hits that you’ll find include Archival Autographs, Museum Framed Autographs, Superstar Showpieces Autographs, Dual Autographs, Triple Autographs, Single-Player Signature Swatches Dual Relic Autographs, Single-Player Signature Swatches Triple Relic Autographs, Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Autographs, Momentous Material Dual Jumbo Patch Autograph Book, Museum Framed Autograph Patch, Museum Framed Dual Autograph Patch Book, Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics, Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relic Legends, Four-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics, Meaningful Material Relics, Dual Meaningful Material Relics, Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Relics, Museum Memorabilia, and Jumbo Lumber Bat Nameplate Relics.

The Museum Framed Dual Autograph Patch Books are very well done.  I like the look of the metal hinges that hook the cards together.  They remind me of how book cards originally were made when they were first introduced to the hobby.

FYI – The Juan Soto and Pete Alonso cards were in the same pack.  Second pack in from the right.  That’s where all of the good stuff is.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:


  • Juan Soto Momentous Material 3-Color Patch Auto Gold #’ed/5


  • Dennis Eckersley Archival Autograph #’ed/199


  • Andrew Benintendi Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relic Copper #’ed/75
  • Dustin Pedroia Meaningful Material 3-Color Patch Gold #’ed/25


  • Pete Alonso RC Sapphire #’ed/150
  • Kris Bryant Copper
  • Roberto Alomar Copper
  • Michael Kopech RC Copper


  • Buster Posey Canvas Collection Reproduction


  • Jacob deGrom #54
  • Jose Altuve #39
  • Charlie Blackmon #34
  • Josh Donaldson #7
  • Mike Piazza #56
  • Roberto Clemente #76
  • Ozzie Smith #89
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. #6
  • Clayton Kershaw #47
  • George Springer #40
  • Freddie Freeman #4