A Few Recent Pin Pickups

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The 2011 Little League World Series has set records in attendance this year.  The 65th anniversary pin has been quite popular.

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I never saw this Harry Kalas pin before.  It can’t hurt that Ozzie Smith is along for the ride either.

My 2010 Topps Football Gridiron Giveaway Hit

Inside each jumbo pack of 2010 Topps Football collectors can find a Topps Gridiron Giveaway redemption.  I just redeemed one and received a Danny Villaneuva 1963 Topps #43.  I was hoping for an old card and I got one.  Very cool idea by Topps.  What have you received?

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More Promo Pins From The ’10 LLWS

After work today I went back up to Williamsport because I heard there were some pin vendors setup at some of the local hotels.  I purchased a ton of new pins for my collection, and I don’t think I even spent $20.00.   I was able to pick-up a few new promos from the Wilson Trophy Company, DPH Custom Pins, and the grocery store Wegmans.  Check them out!

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To get the Wegmans pin, all I had to do was eat two pieces of pizza and drink a soda.

PHOTOS: The 2010 Little League World Series

This morning it was pouring and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it up to Williamsport today.  But after awhile the clouds cleared, the sun came out and I decided to head up.  I picked up a bunch of new pins and got some great photos.  Check them out!

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Casey At The Bat

The Little League World Series is known for its pins.  Here are some that I picked-up.

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2010 LLWS logo

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2010 LLWS ring pin

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Honda’s promo pin is in 3D

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active.com’s promo pin

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The Wilson Trophy Co. will be selling pins and having giveaways at the Holiday Inn downtown Williamsport this week each day from 2:00 p.m. until midnight.

Strasburg Heritage = Obtained

The biggest promotional giveaway during this year’s National has to have been the Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Heritage RC #’ed/999.  It took me two days to try and get into this line.  Topps had a posted schedule of when they planned to give out these cards, and most of the time people lined up two hours ahead of schedule.  Friday I hovered around the general area where collectors were suppose to line up.  When they said you could get in line, it was a mad rush and I’m sure I ran over a few toes.  I had never seen such a rush for a promo.  Luckily I was able to get one.

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#’ed 294/999

Ever see the movie 300?  This is what it was like when they said you could get in line for the Strasburg promo.

The Strasburg 2010 Topps Heritage RC was the hardest promo to obtain in my opinion.  For the first time, I got the idea of what it was like collecting during the early 90’s while attending a National.  Promos are always a big draw, but this was insane.  Some other promos I got include a bunch of Elite cards from Panini such as Brett Favre, John Wall, and Jimmy Clausen all numbered to 499.   Plus I got all the promos that came included inside the VIP packages.

I also pulled some great cards too.  From a box of Ultimate Collection Baseball I pulled a Yankee eight way jersey #’ed/20.  Wednesday I tried my first box of Sportkings and pulled a Joe Greene / Mario Lemieux dual jersey.  LOTS OF GOOD STUFF!!!!!

Perfect Season Pickup

This morning I received a notice that I had won this Nick Buoniconti autographed card.  It comes from that Pro Football Hall of Fame set they issued near the end of last year.  The set features 253 total cards and 130 of them are autographed.  Buoniconti does not have any certified autographs and/or relics that can be found in packs.  I was lucky to find someone who decided to break their set apart card by card.  The Hall of Fame only made 150 sets, costing around $5,000.00 each.  This card only had one bid and I snatched it up for under $50.00.  Its going to be a long time before I find another person willing to spend that kind of cash on a set, and then want to break it up.  This card will fit well into my Perfect Season collection.  Its also an on-card signature and should arrive this week.

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The March 2010 Philly Show Report

This morning I ventured out in the rain to the Valley Forge Convention Center to attend The Philly Show.  I’ve been going to this show for 7+ years and always find it to be pretty good.  MAB Celebrity brings in some nice signers for the show, and I think they have finally realized that bringing in athletes who play for the Phillies, Orioles, and Eagles draws a lot of collectors.

One thing I would like to get out of the way is the small communication problem MAB Celebrity had with collectors.  Saturday’s autograph guests included: Tyler Green, Bobby Shantz, Von Hayes, Jim Bunning, Dickie Thon, Jim Palmer, and Cal Ripken, Jr.  When I arrived, the sign downstairs had Jim Palmer crossed off and said “Canceled due to weather.”  The sign upstairs where you first walk in had Palmer on the list, but nobody crossed him off.  I remember a few collectors were angry because they paid the fee to get into the show and then found out Palmer wasn’t coming.  This is just a small communication problem that should have been fixed easily with a simple Sharpie.  Dickie Thon was suppose to be signing autographs at 1 p.m., but then they got word he was delayed because of the weather.  I had purchased a ticket for him to sign my bat, but decided to return it because nobody knew when he was going to arrive.  I’m glad to see MAB Celebrity was willing to refund collector’s their money when an athlete can’t make it on time or cancels.

I was able to get some good shots of the players that arrived while I was at the show.  I got Hayes, Bunning, and Green to sign my bat.  Take a look!

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Former Phillies pitcher Tyler Green

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Former Phillies pitcher and now Senator from Kentucky Jim Bunning – Bunning pitched a perfect game in 1964

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Former Phillies outfielder Von Hayes

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Bobby Shantz – 1952 AL MVP

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Cal Ripken, Jr – The Iron Man!

Now lets talk about the cards.  The Philly Show is filled with dealers selling vintage stuff, but if you do a little hunting you’ll find some booths containing more modern stuff.  I picked up the following two singles for my collection.

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Dan Marino 2001 Topps Rookie Reprint Jersey – the chance of finding one of these in a hobby pack is 1:1159

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John McGraw 2002 Topps T206 bat

The Philly Show wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t bust some wax.  I ripped (3) boxes of 2009 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Football, (1) box of 2009 Leaf Limited Football, and (1) pack of 2009 Bowman Sterling Baseball.  My best hit from the Leaf Limited box was a Shonn Greene auto/multi-colored patch #’ed/149.  The Bowman Sterling didn’t yield anything too big other than a Freddy Glavis Prospect card for my Phillies collection.  I had the most luck with the ’09 Ultimate Collection Football.  My first pack yielded a Michael Crabtree rookie on-card auto #’ed/99 (pretty nice start).  The second packed contained a Brandon Pettigrew rookie on-card auto #’ed/399 (rookie for the Lions :().

Now lets talk about the third and final pack of ’09 Ultimate Collection Football.  I opened the pack and saw a plastic sleeve.  Flipping through the base cards I come to this BEAST!!!!!!!

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On the front: Bo Jackson/Barry Sanders/Emmitt Smith/Earl Campbell

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On the back: Gale Sayers/Franco Harris/Roger Craig/Billy Sims

I pulled an Ultimate Eight Signatures card serial numbered 1/4.  This is the second most valuable card I’ve ever pulled from a pack.  I went nuts when I pulled this thing and I’m still feeling the rush after seeing it.  Ultimate Collection is a real hit or miss product.  I would call this a definite HIT.  The Philly Show has a few dealers that sell wax.  I purchased all my boxes today from Marty Davis of Marty’s Sportscard Exchange.  He is a dealer from Tennessee, and he always seems to have the best prices on wax.  I have pulled several good cards from his booth.

Overall, I thought it was a great show.  Pulled some good stuff, picked up a few singles, and got some in person autographs.  I highly suggest you check it out if your in the area.

The next show is Sept 24 – 26.

New Piece Of Phillies Memorabilia

I’ve been wanting to ad a Phillies rally towel to my collection for awhile.  They aren’t that expensive. This one only cost $9.00.  I believe this towel was provided during Game 4 of the ’09 NLCS versus the Dodgers.  That was the night the Phillies were losing 4-3 and Jimmy Rollins drove in two runs in the bottom in the 9th to win the game.  I’d like to hang it on my wall and maybe put a few Phillies pins on it.

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Johnny Evers Is On The Way

Waking up this morning I was hoping to find that I had won an auction for a Joe Tinker 2002 Topps T206 bat relic, but I ended up losing it by $1.00.  While looking for another Tinker, I came across this Johnny Evers bat from the same set.  I sent in my offer and the seller accepted it.  Evers played most of his career with Chicago, but did play one season with Philadelphia and was managed by Connie Mack.  As a collector of relics of older players, this Evers will fit in nicely.  While talking with VOTC I learned of an old poem written by Ogden Nash that includes the names of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance that goes:

E is for Evers

His jaw in advance;

Never afraid

to Tinker with Chance.

No manufacturer has made a relic card of Frank Chance yet.  I think it would be cool if they could make a triple relic of all three guys from that poem.  I’m looking forward to seeing what relics the new 2009 Topps T206 product contains.  Hopefully they’ll have some new relics of old players.

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Yet Another Addition To My Hat Collection

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PHILLIES ARE THE NL CHAMPS AGAIN!!!!!!!!