Product Highlight: 2002 Topps Commemorative Packs Collection

To quote the great Anchorman Ron Burgundy – “I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.”  This is exactly what comes to mind when I think back to the 2002 Topps Commemorative Packs Collection.

Topps consolidated all of their baseball products they released that year into a single product – 2002 Topps Commemorative Packs Collection.  Housed inside this fancy red binder is one pack of each baseball product Topps released in 2002.  That’s (27) total packs which include:

  • 2002 Topps Series 1
  • 2002 Topps Series 2
  • 2002 Topps Traded & Rookies
  • 2002 Topps Chrome Series 1
  • 2002 Topps Chrome Series 2
  • 2002 Topps Heritage
  • 2002 Topps Tribute: Milestones & Memories Edition
  • 2002 Bowman
  • 2002 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects
  • 2002 Bowman Chrome
  • 2002 Bowman Heritage
  • 2002 Bowman’s Best
  • 2002 Topps T206 Series 1
  • 2002 Topps T206 Series 2
  • 2002 Topps Opening Day
  • 2002 Topps Total
  • 2002 Topps 10
  • 2002 Topps Archives: Best Years Edition
  • 2002 Topps Archives Reserve: Best Years Edition
  • 2002 Topps Finest
  • 2002 Topps Gallery
  • 2002 Topps Gold Label
  • 2002 Topps Pristine
  • 2002 Topps Reserve
  • 2002 Topps Stadium Club: Relic Edition
  • 2002 Topps American Pie: Spirit of America Edition
  • 2002 Topps Super Teams

Each binder is limited to (500) copies.  Binder pages hold up to (4) packs.  A detailed write-up about each pack is also supplied.

The two most valuable packs would be 2002 Topps Tribute: Milestones & Memories Edition and 2002 Topps Pristine.  Those guarantee a relic in every pack.

Its all about the presentation here.  The packs are no different than the ones found in their traditional boxes.

Big Papi ’19 Topps Series 1 Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a David Ortiz 2019 Topps Series 1 Professional Baseball 150 Years 1869-2019 Commemorative Medallion.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • 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 I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

“Pin-Up” of the Week: “Arnie’s Army” April 6, 2017 Masters Commemorative Button

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Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus began the 2017 Masters with a ceremonial tee shot.  Many people in attendance received a commemorative “Arnie’s Army” button in honor of Arnold Palmer who passed away last fall.  For decades, Arnold Palmer had legions of fans who would follow him around the golf course.  This large group eventually went on to be known as “Arnie’s Army”.

It wasn’t uncommon to see “Arnie’s Army” members walking around wearing buttons to show their pride.  These buttons are quite collectible today.  As you can imagine, it didn’t take long for people to list this new button for sale.  The going rate is $80+ per button.  That is actually more than what some of the original buttons 50+ years old sell for.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2015 MLB All-Star Game Commemorative Fazzino 3D Stadium Pin

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The 2015 T-Mobile All-Star FanFest opened up today.  Former Reds shortstop and MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin was the official ribbon-cutter.  There is so much to see and do during the FanFest which leads up to the All-Star Game on 7/14.

If you’re one of the lucky people who gets to attend this year’s FanFest, I suggest checking out the Fazzino booth.  Charles Fazzino is a fantastic artist.  I first heard of his work after he made a piece for Little League a few years ago.  They even made a pin based on that Little League painting.  I’m not an art expert, but his work is highly detailed in an animated kind of way.  Very fun to look at!

Available for sale at the 2015 T-Mobile All-Star FanFest will be the new line of Fazzino Stadium Edition Pins.  You’ll find 3D stadium pins made for the Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers, and Giants.  Plus they made a special pin just for this year’s All-Star Game.  The remaining teams will have pins made up like this down the road.  It sounds like the Red Sox, Cardinals, Royals, and Angels are up next and should arrive in August.  Each pin will be individually numbered out of 1,000, and cost $79.95.

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these pins or all of them, you can e-mail:

Card of the Day: Pete Rozelle 1989 Pro Set Commemorative Collection #1

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 1997 Masters Tournament Commemorative Pin

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Tiger Woods hasn’t had the best golf game in about five years.  For the first time in his career, he is no longer one of the top 100 golfers in the world.  I believe he’s #104 right now.  He isn’t even on the cover of EA Sports PGA Tour anymore.  Rory McIlroy has taken that over.  Despite his fall from grace, his collectibles still carry significant value.  Collectors sure haven’t forgotten the things he accomplished while on top.  Recently, I saw a non-certified autographed picture with staple holes in the corner sell for $133.00.

Pins from the Masters Tournament are quite collectible.  They don’t even need to be rare employee or press pins either to garner that much attention.  The commemorative logo pins they sell at the souvenir stands you’ll see up for sale the most often.  Tiger Woods became a household name after winning the 1997 Masters, and that’s why this pin sells for $100.00 today.  This was Tiger’s first major victory, winning by twelve strokes over Tom Kite.

Card of the Day: Chase Utley 2014 Topps Series 1 Manufactured Commemorative Patch

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Card of the Day: Peyton Manning 2014 Panini Commemorative Super Bowl XLVIII Collection #1

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Card of the Day: Al Jardine 2013 Panini The Beach Boys Commemorative Guitar Picks

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What Is It? – Pete Rose “3000” Hits Commemorative Metal Object

I get e-mails all the time from people usually asking common questions about cards that can easily be answered.  The other day I received a question from a reader about an item I’ve never seen before.  I’m not too sure what it is or how it was distributed, so I thought it would make for an interesting post.  Does anyone have an idea of what this is?

Here is the e-mail that goes along with it:

My brother and I ran across this Pete Rose desk paper weight.  It has a coin that we cannot find any information on.  We think it may have belonged to the person who ran the Riverfront Stadium in 1978 and may have been custom made for him.  Judging by the aged color of the resin it’s enclosed in it maybe about that old.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  We have no idea what it is or what it may be worth.  I have attached two pictures of the item and feel free to forward the email to anyone who may be able to help.

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