Hobby Oddities: Fleer’s All-Star Collector’s Hat

Our hobby is filled with lots of crazy stuff.  When it comes to odd merchandise, Fleer’s All-Star Collector’s Hat has to be at the top of the “What were they thinking?” list.

Mail-in offers have been around the hobby since the beginning.  During the 80s though, card companies started to offer all kinds of weird stuff on the back of their packs.  Topps, Fleer, and Donruss all offered something as a thank you for your purchase.  Card storage units, team hats, and albums are among some of the items you could get.

1986 Fleer Baseball is remembered for rookies of Jose Canseco, Cecil Fielder, Paul O’Neill, and Lenny Dykstra.  The set’s blue borders are notorious for chipping which can make high-grade examples very desirable to collectors.  In a million years you couldn’t have guessed what the Fleer marketing team settled on as their mail-in offer for this set.

With a cost of $2.95 plus (3) proofs of purchase, you could be the proud owner of this ultra-cool Fleer All-Star Collector’s Hat.  This just isn’t any regular old hat either.  It has pocket sleeves that can hold eight of your favorite cards.  You heard correctly boys and girls.  Now you can proudly display your favorite cards on your head.

What a dumb idea.  I can’t imagine many people actually sent away for this.  You rarely find them today.  Which eight cards would you put in this hat?  I’d fill mine with eight ’52 Topps Mickey Mantle cards, and wear it outside on the sunniest summer day.

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Pin Highlight: 2018 MLB All-Star Game Press Pin

Its hard to believe that we’re half way through the 2018 MLB season.  Phillies fans like myself should be thrilled with how the team is playing.  Especially when you compare what their record is now to what it was last year at this time.  The Phillies are 53-42, and half a game ahead of the Braves while sitting atop the NL East Division.

Earlier this year, I purchased a 2018 Topps Now Philadelphia Phillies Road To Opening Day Team Set.  If anyone from that team does something special throughout the season, Topps will send out a special card to those who purchased the set.  One of those special moments is placing #1 in the division at the All-Star break.  So I will have to keep an eye on the mail for that.  I’ll show it off when it arrives.

The 2018 MLB All-Star Game takes place in Washington D.C.  FanFest has lots of merchandise to buy.  But its the stuff not for sale that draws massive attention.  Pictured above is the press pin made for members of the media, and various MLB partners.  The center portion is made of a finely crushed marble powder, which was then mixed with a resin and molded into the shape of the U.S. Capitol Building.  That’s just not any marble powder they used either.  Its from the actual U.S. Capitol Building steps that were removed during a 1995 renovation.

I find it ironic that something as patriotic as this pin was made in China.  Well, the metal part of the pin and plastic container it comes in is from China.  A few have leaked their way on to the secondary market.  One completed sale ended at $125.

Rockies ’17 Topps Update All-Star Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Thomas Coleman on being the lucky winner of the Charlie Blackmon 2017 Topps Update Series All-Star Stitches Event-Worn Jersey.  Once Thomas Coleman sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Card of the Day: Dave Thomas 1999-00 Topps NHL All-Star FanFest #00

Rockies ’17 Topps Update All-Star Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Charlie Blackmon 2017 Topps Update Series All-Star Stitches Event-Worn Jersey.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

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  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2002 MLB All-Star Game Press Pin

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The MLB All-Star Game has been in the news this week.  Starting next year, the winning team will not determine who gets home-field advantage during the World Series.  Instead, home-field advantage will now go to the team with the better record.  That’s the way it should be, and I hope it stays like this for a long time.

It was the 2002 All-Star Game that made baseball officials change the rule in the first place.  The game ended up going into the 11th inning, and both teams ran out of available pitchers.  Eventually they came to the decision to allow the game to end in a 7-7 tie.  Fans were in an uproar.  In order to prevent future ties, they decided that someone would have to win the game.  That winner would then decide who got home-field advantage for the fall classic.  It remained this way from 2003 to 2016.  Before all of this, home-field advantage for the World Series alternated between leagues from year to year.

Pictured above is the pin members of the press received while attending the All-Star Game in 2002.  The top of the pin has a separating roof that you can actually pull apart just like the real roof at Miller Park.  Press pins can be expensive, but this one is quite affordable.  You can easily own this pin for under $20.

Personally, I think MLB overreacted in 2002.

Card of the Day: Kirby Puckett 1987 Fleer All-Star Team #5

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