“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.

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“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: info@fazzinocollectors.com

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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