Card of the Day: John Baby 1978-79 O-Pee-Chee #366

“Pin-Up” of the Week: LLWS Batman Baby PA-12 Pin

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How can you go wrong with a baby Batman pin made for the Little League World Series?  Correct answer.  You can’t!  This pin is part of a 6-pin set made for PA District 12.  The other five pins feature Superman, Robin, Joker, Catwoman, and Lex Luther.  All of them are designed to look as if they are little kids.  Individual pins can sell for $5.00 t0 $10.00 a piece.  We’re only about 3 weeks away from the 2013 Little League World Series.  Many new pins are on the way.  Maybe this year I’ll get an ESPN pin, but they aren’t the easiest to find unless you’re willing to spend some big bucks.  Visitors will surely enjoy the newly renovated World of Little League Museum.

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Over the last week superhero fans received a ton of news on upcoming films during the San-Diego Comic-Con.  Probably one of the biggest announcements was that the Man of Steel sequel will feature Batman.  Very little is known about the film right now other than the logo they unveiled.  Speculation about the film’s title is already floating around.  Most fans believe it will be called Batman vs. Superman.  Both Batman and Superman are good guys, but Batman doesn’t always get along with everyone.  They both have different ways of getting the job done.  Unlike the Batman we saw in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, I believe this new Batman will be one that can handle the sci-fi world we saw in Man of Steel.  In addition to that, I think this Batman will already be established and fully operational.  We don’t need to see another origin story.  Either way I’m looking forward to it.  Batman and Superman have had their disagreements before, and now its time to see it on the big screen.  With a Flash film in the works, we all know that this is leading up to a Justice League movie.

One Old Gimmick

Gimmick cards flood The Hobby today and for a few moments they get their time in the spotlight.  Here is a very early gimmick card made back in 1888 by the John A. Toleman Katosa Coffee Company.  It features a drawing of a baby with a caption that states: “Oh Mamma! Baby Anson”.  The card is poking fun at Hall of Famer Cap Anson after the way he acted when he lost the Championship game.  I think its funny that even before there was an industy for sports memorabilia gimmicks were being produced.  Even though this card is from the late 1800’s, it doesn’t sell for that much.  Just like a lot of gimmicks, it lost its popularity pretty fast plus it doesn’t feature a real image of Anson himself.

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