Pin Highlight: 2017 MLB Little League Classic – Cardinals vs. Pirates – Baseball Pin

There is no doubt that one of the major highlights during last year’s Little League World Series was the Major League game that took place at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.  In nine innings the Pirates defeated the Cardinals 6-3.  It even got it’s very own Topps Now card.

Three different pins were made to celebrate this inaugural event.  The first two are fairly simple to find.  One features the MLB Little League Classic name with logos from both teams.  A second has Fredbird and the Pirate Parrot on it.  The third pin is what you see pictured above.  As you can probably tell, it has the MLB Little League Classic name, team logos, and is in the shape of a baseball.  Unlike the other two though, this pin was not available for sale over at Little League.  A majority of them were given out to game attendees.  Only Little League players and their families, plus any Lycoming County residents lucky enough to win a lottery were allowed to attend the game.  Not much of the general public made it in.  All pins are made by WinCraft.

Sports Card Info has been known to get me into certain events for free, but this wasn’t one of them.  So how did I get one?  For a short time Fanatics had them for sale.  The day after I purchased mine, Fanatics pulled them off the market.  Why?  I don’t know.  The next thing I saw were them being handed out on T.V.

The 2018 Little League World Series takes place August 16-26.  Little League recently unveiled the official logo for the 2018 games.  The Phillies will take on the Mets August 19 in the second MLB Little League Classic.

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Cardinals ’17 Bowman High Tek Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Shawn Gandert on being the lucky winner of the Junior Fernandez 2017 Bowman High Tek Auto.  Once Shawn Gandert sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Cardinals ’17 Topps Tier One Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Superduperman99 on being the lucky winner of the Luke Weaver 2017 Topps Tier One Relic #’ed/331.  Once Superduperman99 sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

2017 Topps Now Predictor: MLB Little League Classic – August 20th

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Rumors were confirmed this week that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals will play a regular season game in Williamsport, PA this year.  The game will take place on August 20th, right in the middle of the Little League World Series.  It’ll be broadcast on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball”, and played at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.  Based on the official press release from the Williamsport Crosscutters, only Little Leaguers and their families will be invited.  Tickets will not be sold to the general public.

The MLB Little League Classic would make for a perfect Topps Now card.  It is right on par with the Fort Bragg game they played in 2016.  I’m predicting that Topps will make a Topps Now card to commemorate this game.  If they do, it would most likely show up for sale on August 21st.  I at least just want to see a base Topps Now card made.  If any of the players do something spectacular, I guess autographs and/or relics won’t be out of the picture.  Whoever pulls the Topps Now Golden Ticket for August 20, 2017 will be due a special gold stamped parallel #’ed/1.

Its not easy to predict who and what will receive a Topps Now card.  This game feels like a sure thing.  Having it take place in my backyard is even cooler.  I visit BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field almost every summer for a bobblehead night.

Cardinals ’15 Topps Mini Chrome Printing Plate Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Matt G on being the lucky winner of the Patrick Peterson 2015 Topps Mini Chrome Yellow Printing Plate #’ed 1/1.  Once Matt G sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Tony La Russa 2014 H.O.F Cardinals VIP Party Pin

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Some Hall of Fame classes are small.  Some are filled with all dead guys.  Then you have some that are jam packed with living talent.  That’s what the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Class had.  Inductees to the Hall of Fame this year included Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, and Joe Torre.

Every Hall of Fame induction brings a whole slew of new merchandise.  Pins are at the top of that list.  The pin pictured above is one that wasn’t for sale to the general public.  The only way you could obtain this pin was if you were invited to the private VIP cocktail party put on by the Cardinals in Cooperstown on July 26, 2014.  This pin was your ticket into the party.  About 100 pins were made.  Its hard to put a value on a pin as rare as this.  One has popped-up for sale with an asking price of $200.00, but nobody has pulled the trigger yet.  If I had been invited to this party, I don’t think I could sell this pin.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2013 MLB World Series Press Pins

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Boston did it again last night.  They went on to win the 2013 World Series.  I wonder if Bobby Valentine was watching?  Former Phillie Shane Victorino got it started with a bases loaded blast off the Green Monster, while Big Pappi went on to be the M.V.P.  Its the first time the Red Sox have won the World Series on their home field in 95 years.

The World Series has a lot of merchandise.  Just ask QVC and HSN.  They probably started churning out Red Sox stuff as soon as Carpenter struck out.  Two of the biggest collectibles you could get from this past World Series are the press pins.  The Cardinals and Red Sox each had a pin made for members of the media.  Right now would not be the ideal time to purchase one as the World Series hasn’t even been over for 24 hours.  These are in high demand selling for $150.00 per pin.  I’d let some time pass before adding either one to your collection.  They’ll cool off.