TeenyMates WWE Series 1 Collector Tin Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to y2jbrak on being the lucky winner of the TeenyMates WWE Series 1 Collector Tin.  Once y2jbrak sends me their mailing address, TeenyMates will ship this tin ASAP.  Thanks!

TeenyMates WWE Series 1 Collector Tin Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a TeenyMates WWE Series 1 Collector Tin.  Inside each tin you’ll find (4) packs of Series 1 TeenyMates WWE figures, display stand, and an exclusive Macho Man Randy Savage Glow-in-the-Dark figure.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • U.S. residents only.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so TeenyMates can ship them this tin for FREE!!!

TeenyMates WWE Series 1 Collector Tin Break & Review


The folks over at TeenyMates have seen great success with their packaged tin products.  Two years ago, they released their first tin that contained NFL wide receivers.  It was produced in small quantities, and the price shot through the roof.  Today that tin can still be found for about $50 sealed.  They’ve calmed down a bit.  At one time they were selling close to $100.

Licensing is key when it comes to these little guys.  TeenyMates tried their own line of figures called TeenyFreaks.  But I don’t think they got the response from collectors like they had hoped, because we never saw them again.

One of their newest fully licensed products deals with the WWE.  The WWE Series 1 tin comes with (4) packs of figures, display stand, and an exclusive Glow-in-the-Dark Macho Man figure.  Series 1 consists of (28) figures, plus (4) rare ones – Glow-in-the-Dark Undertaker (1:64 packs), Crystal Clear John Cena (1:128 packs), Alternate Macho Man (1:256 packs), and The Rock Metallic Gold (1:512 packs).  Judging by completed sales, the Alternate Macho Man figure seems to be the most popular.

Outside of their TeenyFreaks line, this is the only other set where each figure has to look different.  When it comes to MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL the teams change, but the figures are basically the same.  Down the line it would be cool to see some individualized TeenyMates figures for other sports.  That probably would involve the Players Association approval though.  Professional wrestlers also have very distinct facial features which can easily be incorporated into such a tiny figure.  Other athletes might be more difficult to bring to life in such a small form since their uniforms and faces look similar.

Here is what I pulled from my tin:

  • (1) Bray Wyatt
  • (1) Sting
  • (1) Ultimate Warrior
  • (1) Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • (1) Kane
  • (1) Dean Ambrose
  • (1) Seth Rollins
  • (1) Dolph Ziggler
  • (1) Macho Man Randy Savage Glow-in-the-Dark


“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2015 Williamsport Sun-Gazette Pin Collector Badge

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In honor of Captain America: Civil War coming out, I think this pin is appropriate.  The Williamsport Sun-Gazette made this pin for the 2015 Little League World Series.  Each year they come out with a whole slew of pins you can buy.  The Sun-Gazette booth that was setup at Little League last year wasn’t selling this particular pin though.  I think you could only get this one at their downtown location.  As you can easily tell, the pin is designed to look a lot like Captain America’s shield.  I own a bunch of Sun-Gazette pins, but not this one.  The only time I’ve seen one on eBay was in a lot.  By the time I saw it the auction had ended.  Despite not being seen much, I doubt its very rare.  The lot that had this pin in it sold for a couple dollars.

I find it cool when superheroes and sports stuff are combined.  Its becoming more popular.  This weekend the San Francisco Giants are giving away Captain America bobbleheads.  Instead of being the classic red, white, and blue, the color scheme is white, orange, and black.  I really hope this trend continues.

Shopping For That Special Collector This Holiday Season?

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 1990 Fleer Baseball Card Collector


Mail-order card collecting clubs were common throughout the 80’s and 90’s.  For a few bucks you could get and album and an exclusive card set or two.  In 1990, Fleer decided to include a pin in their collector kits.  I find these really interesting, plus they’re quite inexpensive.

Flashback Product of the Week: 2005-2006 Topps NBA Collector Chips

’05-’06 Topps NBA Collector Chips are a great example of how pop-culture can influence a product’s design.  During this time, poker was the huge craze throughout the country especially in college dorm rooms.  It only makes sense that Topps would try to cash in on this craze as well.  Many of these chips came serial numbered and if you were really lucky you might have found an autograph.  I won’t lie, I think they look really cool.  This product caters towards basketball fans and people that collect poker chips.


Phillies “Dream Team” Painting Possibly Coming Soon To Fans

Upstairs at Citizens Bank Park hanging in the Phillies Diamond Club is one of the greatest pieces of Phillies artwork ever created.  The Phillies “Dream Team” piece was created by Jamie Cooper and features various Philadelphia Phillies from different eras.  It even has Harry Kalas interviewing Richie Ashburn to the right.  I wrote a post about this piece of work last January, and recently I was contacted by Mr. Cooper who wanted to know my thoughts about making prints of the piece available to collectors.  As of right now, only extremely high-end copies are available to collectors and can cost into the thousands.  Cooper would like to offer collectors a chance to own a copy of this print, but at a more economical cost.

What he is thinking about is creating a 45 x 18 inch print on 250 gsm art stock.  The price would probably be around $125.00 plus shipping & handing.  Right now this isn’t definite, but he asked if I would help spread the word informing Phillies fans that this could be something available.  In my opinion, its the greatest piece of Phillies artwork ever created.  It just looks so cool!!

Please let me know what you think of this idea.  Jamie is looking for some feedback to see if its worth going through with.  He has had a lot of requests to make the painting more affordable.

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This is a mock-up of what the print could look like.  The names of the players and the story of the painting would come on an attached COA.  If anyone is interested in purchasing a print, please contact Jamie Cooper at: jamie@jcap.com.au

Trade With VOTC

Earlier this week I was contacted by Rob from Voice of the Collector.  He wanted to let me know that he won a free Jimmy Rollins 2002 Topps Ten autograph from the Topps Blog.  We were able to work out a trade and today my card arrived in the mail.  In return, Rob received the following:

  • (1) Alfonso Soriano ’07 Bowman Sterling bat
  • (1) Carlos Zambrano ’08 Topps Allen & Ginter jersey
  • (1) Aramis Ramirez ’09 UD SP Legendary Cuts jersey

I’d like to thank Rob for agreeing to go through with the trade.  I think I came out ahead on my end.  Be sure to check out his blog.  You can also catch him on Card Corner Radio, which is one of the most informative radio shows when it comes to The Hobby.


On-card autograph of Jimmy Rollins!

Real and Artificial Scarcity

Scarcity.  Its one of the major engines that fuels the hobby.  I believe there are two types of scarcity when it comes to collecting sports cards: real and artificial.  

Real scarcity is when the amount of an item is limited because of a problem with production, which yields lower amounts of a certain card, or perhaps that card wasn’t thought of being collectible at the time it was produced.  Real scarcity can be seen with vintage cards, since many of them were produced during a time when sports cards weren’t considered to be worth anything.  Heck, there wasn’t even much of a market for sports collectibles at the time, not unless you actually owned a piece of memorabilia from a prominent player of the past that had historical significance and belonged in a Hall of Fame.  

Artificial scarcity is where a manufacturer purposely creates a lower number of a certain card or product.  This type of scarcity can be seen throughout the modern day hobby, and is considered one of the best and worst events to take place.  Many collectors like it because they know how many of a specific card was produced.  On the flip side, there are some collectors that find artificial scarcity to be confusing with all the multi-tiered refractors and parallels.  One of the earliest forms of artificial scarcity would be the Napoleon Lajoie 1933 Goudey #106 baseball card.  The Goudey Gum, Co purposely left that card out of the set to drive up their sales, and then released the Lajoie a year later as a mail-in redemption.  

As long as there are sports cards, scarcity will play an important roll in the hobby, almost as important as the players themselves.