“Pin-Up” of the Week: Sammy Sosa 2005 Baltimore Orioles 600 HR’s Error Pin

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Nobody could possible forget that 1998 baseball season where Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were battling it out to break Roger Maris’s single season home run record.  Too bad it was all ruined by the steroid and performance enhancer controversy.  In 2005, Sosa played for the Orioles and fans were hoping to see him hit his 600th career home run in 2006.  That’s why these pins were printed up ahead of time.  Do to one of his worst seasons since 1992, the Orioles decided not to bring him back in 2006.

The error isn’t that Sosa didn’t make it 600 home runs, the error was that he didn’t do it while playing with the Orioles.  Sosa hit his 600th career home run in June, 2007 while playing for the Rangers.

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1954-55 Baltimore Bullets Gunther Beer Basketball

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Here is a nice little vintage set you don’t hear a lot about.  The Gunther Brewing Company released this 11-card basketball set based on the Balitmore Bullets during the 1954-55 season.  These cards are slightly larger than your standard sports card of today.  These measure 2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″.  Its very common to find them autographed.  I guess the parents would buy the beer and then give the cards to the kids to get signed.  This isn’t the first time Gunther Beer sponsored a card set.  They issued a set back in 1947 based on the Senators.

The Bullets are a defunct basketball team that was based out of Baltimore, MD.  They were around from 1944-1954.  The Bullets are the only defunct NBA team to have won a championship.

Condition is everything when it comes to these cards.

Some Early National News

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Its never too early to start talking about the National Sports Collectors Convention.  The 2012 National will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center from August 1-5.  Tickets will go on sale around March 10.  Press Pass announced today that they will be giving away this Danica Patrick autographed banner at their booth during the show.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Baltimore Ravens City Pin

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Last weekend when I was in Baltimore, I picked this pin up at one of the gift shops.  I like these team pins that show parts of the city they are from.  You can look at them and say “I was there.”

Orioles vs. Reds – 6/25/11

Last night the Orioles and Reds put on a show.  A combined 9 home runs were hit, the second most in Camden Yards history.  The Orioles lost 10-5.  I have never seen such a display of power between two teams before.  It was fun to see Scott Rolen again in-person.  I met Rolen many years ago at the first card show I attended.  At the time, he was just a prospect making his way up to the Phillies.  In the 7th, he belted a two-run homer.

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Scott Rolen and Matt Wieters

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The first 20,000 fans received a Buck Showalter bobblehead

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That is a lot of bobbleheads

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Baltimore Orioles 1966 World Series Press Pin

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The 1966 World Series placed the Baltimore Orioles against the LA Dodgers.  Baltimore ended up sweeping the Dodgers in 4 games.  Frank Robinson was the MVP.  Dodgers outfielder Jim Barbieri became the first person to play in both the Little League World Series and Major League World Series.

Members of the press were given the above pin.  In today’s market, they sell for around $70.00.  Press pins remain some of the most sought after pins for collectors.

PHOTOS: The 2010 National Sports Collectors Convention

The National is by far the greatest show of the year.  I saw a lot of people, opened a ton of packs, and participated in many of the wrapper redemption programs provided by the manufacturers.  I even had time to watch the Orioles take on the White Sox Friday night.  The marketing was much better this year, not only for The National, but for other companies too.  There were T-shirts, cups, and all sorts of promos flying around the Baltimore Convention Center.  Check out some of my photos.

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Panini

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Press Pass

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Sportkings

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Upper Deck

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TRISTAR

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Topps

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Brian Gray plans to bring the Leaf brand back starting with 2010 Leaf MMA in Sept.

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D & A Card World

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Blowout Cards

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FreedomCardboard.com

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This was one of the coolest artifacts on display at The National.  This is the bat Cap Anson used in 1897.  I had never seen anything of Anson’s before.

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Former Baltimore Colts running back Lydell Mitchell

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Member of the Miami Dolphins Perfect Season team, Earl Morrall

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1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier

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Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer

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This has nothing to do with The National, but Pickles Pub was right next to the hotel I stayed at.  Every night the place was packed.