Card of the Day: Len Dawson 1961 National City Bank #1

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 1972 Central Counties Bank 1st Generation “Crush the Orange” Penn State Button

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Its funny how the simple looking things can end up having an entire science to them.  That’s the way this hobby works.  Take for example the button pictured above.  Central Counties Bank produced three generations of buttons for Penn State fans in 1972.  This button is one of six from that first generation.  They all have phrases on them such as “Get the Goat”, “Hammer the Hawkeyes”, “Crush the Orange”, “Trip the Terrapins”, “Wallop the Wolfpack”, and “Pulverize the Panthers”.  Central Counties Bank wasn’t sure what type of response they would get from the public, so they only made them for the six home games and left their logo off.

Fans went nuts for these buttons.  Generation 2 consists of a second printing of the last four buttons from generation 1, and the Central Counties Bank logo is at the bottom.  Generation 3 is a third printing of the last two buttons from generations 1 & 2.  The main difference are the metal backs compared to green cardboard found on the first two generations.

Central Counties Bank eventually was taken over by Mellon Bank.  Now Mellon Bank is Citizens Bank.  No matter the name of the bank, they still made buttons.  Its a tradition that continues to this very day.

Many of the early buttons first introduced in 1972 carry a hefty price tag.  A collector recently spent $100 for this generation 1 “Crush the Orange” button.  For all Penn State button collectors, check out this great resource.  The site looks like something from the 90s, but its kept up-to-date.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Citizens Bank Park 2016 Exclusive Star Wars Pin

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Next week at this time a new Star Wars movie will be out.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place shortly before A New Hope.  It tells the tale of how the Rebellion obtained the plans to the first Death Star.  With the Jedi existing for a thousand years, it continues to fascinate me how the Sith convinced the public that they were a hoax in such a short time.  One year from now, we’ll be getting ready for Episode VIII.  How will Luke react after Rey finds him standing atop that cliff?  Star Wars movies raise lots of questions.  Every answer you get, more questions arise.

Combing baseball and Star Wars is a great idea.  Teams annually have Star Wars themed nights.  This past year, the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park sold an exclusive Phillies/Star Wars pin.  It features both Yoda and Darth Vader.  Only (300) of them were made, which isn’t a lot when it comes to pins.  I’m almost certain they’ve sold out.  On the secondary market I’ve seen people asking $30 to $50 for a single pin.

Susquehanna Bank 2012 Little League World Series Pins

The 2012 Little League World Series is officially underway in South Williamsport.  Baseball fans from all over the world have come to enjoy America’s greatest game.  Collectible pins have already started to surface.  Many more will soon be on their way.  Luckily for me, I got my hands on a couple promo pins sponsored by Susquehanna Bank.  I haven’t seen these two surface yet, but it probably won’t be long until more pin collectors get their hands on them.  These are way better than the ones they made last year.  Businesses all around the Williamsport area make LLWS pins.  Sometimes they advertise that they have them, and other times they don’t.  Just ask around.

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PHOTOS: Harrisburg Senators vs. Portland Sea Dogs

Last night I took a trip down to Harrisburg to see the Senators take on the Portland Sea Dogs.  The Senators are the AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals and the Sea Dogs are affiliated with the Red Sox.  This was the first time I had been to Metro Bank Park.  I attended a few Senators games many years ago, but that was well before they built this new stadium.  Parking was a little weird, and the food could have been better.  I really liked my seat because foul balls were coming my way all the time.  In the end, Harrisburg won 10-0.

I picked up three different team sets:

  • Eastern Division 2010 All-Star Set
  • Western Division 2010 All-Star Set
  • Harrisburg Senators 2010 Team Set – this one has Strasburg in it

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Jordan Zimmerman is in Harrisburg doing his rehab

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As you can see, SpongeBob was at the game.  He should have pitched.  I hear he has a nasty “sinker” 🙂

PHOTOS: Phillies vs. Twins – 6/19/10

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Yesterday I took my second trip to Citizens Bank Park to watch the Phillies take on the Twins.  Even though the Phillies blew their 5-run lead in the top of the 9th and ended up losing 13-10 in 11 innings, I still had a great time.  I got to see Ryan Howard, Wilson Valdez, and Jayson Werth each hit homers.  I think this was the most action I’ve ever seen in a game that I attended.

The staff at Citizens Bank Park is extremely helpful.  With almost 50,000 people it can get very crowded.  They helped me get through a lot of tight areas especially inside some of the gift shops.  I also like how the handicap seating is blocked off by a gate so people who have standing room only tickets don’t get in the way.  That helps a lot.  The only difficult part of the day was the traffic.

I picked up a ton of pins for my collection, and a Roy Halladay bobble head that came free with the purchase of a $10.00 Phillies yearbook.  I can’t wait to go back next year!!!!  Feel free to check out some of my photos.

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View from my seat

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Steve Carlton

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Liberty Bell

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Jayson Werth

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Ryan Howard

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Cole Hamels

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Shane Victorino

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Mike Schmidt

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Connie Mack

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Phanatic!!!!!!

Cooper’s Phillies “Dream Team” Painting IS Coming To Fans

This evening I received an e-mail from Jamie Cooper.  Jamie is the artist who painted the famous Phillies “Dream Team” painting that is hanging in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.  He contacted me awhile back to see if I could help spread the word to see if collectors would be interested in a more affordable version of this great piece of art.  I’m happy to announce that after a few blog posts later the feedback has been overwhelming and Jamie has decided to bring this painting to the fans.  Thats the power of blogging!

Print Highlights:

  • It will be printed on 300gsm quality art stock
  • The size will be approx. 39 x 15 inches
  • Each print will come signed by Jamie Cooper
  • The print will be accompanied by an A4 sheet with the entire story of the painting including the many hidden secrets woven into the scene
  • Price is $125 plus postage and handling ($25)
  • The lithographic print on paper will be released in 2 weeks time, delivery within 4 weeks

For more information, you can contact Jamie Cooper at:

jamie@jcap.com.au

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