“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2014 Hard Rock Cafe Boston Marathon Pin

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I’m no expert when it comes to the Boston Marathon.  I’m not really an expert on any type of marathon.  All I do know is that American Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday.  What interests me is the merchandise one could pick-up while watching and/or participating in the race.  Of coarse the most valuable item one could obtain is a medal for finishing, which many people don’t seem to mind selling.  I imagine the people buying these medals are trying to convince others that they finished the race.

The marketing people over at the Hard Rock Cafe put together a nice looking pin to commemorate this year’s race.  Like many of their pins, its in the shape of a guitar.  Running shoes in the shape of a butterfly make up the guitar body, while the Boston Strong ribbon is on the neck.  Hard Rock Cafe made 300 of these pins and can be found for $20.00 to $30.00.

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Hard Rock Cafe 2013 Boston Marathon L.E. Guitar Pin

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I don’t think we need to rehash everything that went on this week in Boston.  Its been all over the news.  Hard Rock Cafe made this pin to commemorate the 117th running of the Boston Marathon.  They only made 300 of them which isn’t a lot when it comes to pins.  Collectors can find them for $15.00 to $30.00.  Volunteers helping out during the marathon received a logo lapel pin which seems to be a bit more popular.  Then again, anything associated with this event is getting a lot of attention.  Some people have even been selling their finishing medals.  I guess capitalism never stops.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Hard Rock Cafe – Happy New Year 2013 – Slider Pin

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No, this is not a sports related pin.  Cut me some slack.  At least it has a ball on it.  Hard Rock Cafe made these pins for various locations (including Yankee Stadium) to celebrate the beginning of 2013.  Its called a slider pin because the ball can actually slide down.  The ball can move up too for those that enjoy time travel.  Depending on the location, these have been known to sell for as much as $30.00.

What would you like to add to your collection in 2013?  Personally, I’d take any of the Harry Kalas cards off my wantlist.  Specifically the Sportkings Series E cut signature #’ed 1/1.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2002 Hard Rock Cafe Cleveland Browns Bulldog Pin

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With the death of Art Modell this week, I thought this pin would fit nicely.

R.I.P. Art Modell