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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Pete Rose District 4L2 California Lions Club Pin

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Batman vs. Joker.  Superman vs. Lex Luther.  Pete Rose vs. MLB.  These are three foes that will be against one another for the rest of time.

In my opinion, Pete Rose should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Sure he signed the documents agreeing to what Major League Baseball wanted to do.  Should have he and his lawyers read the paperwork better?  Absolutely.  But considering all the crap athletes get into today, betting on baseball doesn’t seem all that bad.

The district 4L2 Lions Club from California issued a seven pin set of athletes.  The set includes Mario Andretti, John McEnroe, Wayne Gretzky, Jack Nicklaus, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Pete Rose.  About 500 sets were produced. Why did the Lions Club make these?  Most likely they sold them as a fundraiser.  Lions Club pins can be quite collectible.

A set of seven pins was up for sale not too long ago with an asking price of $350.00.  It sold for an undisclosed amount.

One Complicated Pin

The 2010 Little League World Series may be over, but its pins are still on fire.  Many of these new and unique pieces are just finding their way onto eBay, and the one pictured below is a great example.  District pins are always highly desirable and this one from California District 80 is something all sports pin collectors would like to own.  It is made up of 19 smaller pins, and the wheels actually spin and tilt.  Your not going to find a lot of these floating around, but I saw this one up for sale and just thought it was amazing.  It recently was purchased for $125.00 (not by me).