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


“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.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: WinCraft 2016 MLB All-Star Game FanFest Topps Pin

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The 2016 MLB All-Star Game has officially come and gone.  Once again the American League gets home field advantage for the World Series.  Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer won the MVP award as the National League fell 4-2.

Leading up to the All-Star Game was FanFest.  WinCraft always makes a lot of pins for this event.  Some of them you can purchase, while others need to be acquired by trading.  They had a group of pins that would be given out each day at certain times.  Only (100) of each pin would be handed out at that specific time.  These pins historically are sponsored by corporate partners.  For 2016, companies such as Louisville Slugger, Rawlings, Majestic, New Era, Wilson, and Topps sponsored pins.

The Topps pin resembles a baseball card and contains a silhouette pitcher.  A few have popped-up on the secondary market selling for about $7.00.  I always find it cool to see the Topps name on stuff other than cards.

Rizzo ’15 Topps Update Series All-Star Game Relic Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to boots1893 on being the lucky winner of the Anthony Rizzo 2015 Topps Update Series All-Star Game Event-Worn Workout Jersey.  Once boots1893 sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Rizzo ’15 Topps Update Series All-Star Game Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Anthony Rizzo 2015 Topps Update Series All-Star Game Event-Worn Workout Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, November 20, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
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  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
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Card of the Day: Mr. Red 2015 Topps All-Star Game FanFest Promo

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2015 MLB All-Star Game Commemorative Fazzino 3D Stadium Pin

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The 2015 T-Mobile All-Star FanFest opened up today.  Former Reds shortstop and MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin was the official ribbon-cutter.  There is so much to see and do during the FanFest which leads up to the All-Star Game on 7/14.

If you’re one of the lucky people who gets to attend this year’s FanFest, I suggest checking out the Fazzino booth.  Charles Fazzino is a fantastic artist.  I first heard of his work after he made a piece for Little League a few years ago.  They even made a pin based on that Little League painting.  I’m not an art expert, but his work is highly detailed in an animated kind of way.  Very fun to look at!

Available for sale at the 2015 T-Mobile All-Star FanFest will be the new line of Fazzino Stadium Edition Pins.  You’ll find 3D stadium pins made for the Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers, and Giants.  Plus they made a special pin just for this year’s All-Star Game.  The remaining teams will have pins made up like this down the road.  It sounds like the Red Sox, Cardinals, Royals, and Angels are up next and should arrive in August.  Each pin will be individually numbered out of 1,000, and cost $79.95.

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these pins or all of them, you can e-mail:

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2015 MLB All-Star Game Pennant Pin

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We’re less than two months away from the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.  This year the game will take place in Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park on 7/14.  Leading up to the game there will be festivities at Duke Energy Convention Center and other locations throughout the city.

The All-Star Game is big on collectible pins.  Aminco is one pin maker, and WinCraft is the other.  A handful of pins for this year’s All-Star Game can already be bought.  Nothing too rare.  But during the festivities WinCraft plans to distribute 65 different pins this year.  Pins start to be given out on 7/10.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2014 MLB All-Star Game Media Pin

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The marketing people behind the 2014 MLB All-Star Game really had pin collectors in mind.  There seems to be many more collectible pins made for this year’s All-Star Game then ever before.  Along with the standard logo pins that could be purchased at the various gift shops, you’ll find exclusive pins.  Many of these exclusive pins could not be purchased.  A lot of them could only be obtained by trading pins with employees working for the All-Star Game and/or FanFest.  Others were given away at specific times.  Obviously this makes some pins rarer than others.  My personal favorite pin that was given out this year has to be the one from OYO Sportstoys.  You seriously can’t go wrong when combining an exclusive All-Star Game pin with a minifigure.  Mine should be arriving this week.

But at the end of the day, probably the most sought after pin would have to be the media pin.  Its the pin provided to all media, press, and big shots who attended the game.  The pin features two baseball players shaking hands.  One representing Minneapolis and the other Saint Paul.  Collectors are paying up to $200.00 for this pin, which far exceeds what any of the others are selling for.  Given that this was Derek Jeter’s final All-Star appearance increases the demand too.