“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2016 LLWS “Best Buds” Boomer & Dugout Two-Pin Set

Boomer and Dugout.  Two mascots that rule the town of Williamsport, PA.  Boomer being the mascot of the Williamsport Crosscutters and Dugout the mascot of the Little League World Series.  It only seems natural that both would appear on a pin.

Outside of eBay and the Little League Store’s website, Little League pins for the most part need to be acquired in person.  Even the Little League Store’s website doesn’t sell every pin you’d find in their physical location.  This pin is a perfect example of that.

In August 2016, Little League and the Crosscutters came together and made this two-pin set.  The half with Boomer could only be obtained directly from the Crosscutters, while the Dugout side could be found at the Little League Museum.  (500) Boomer pins were given out to Crosscutters fans on 8/26/16.  I think its safe to say (500) Dugout pins were made too.  Considering they go together, it doesn’t make sense to make less or more of either side.  One set recently sold on the secondary market for $58.  Not too bad considering the cards they come affixed to value each pin at $5.

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2016 Dugout Moto H.O.G. Rally Pin

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What pins Little League has up for sale on their website compared to what they’ve got in their gift shop differs quite a bit.  Their website doesn’t have everything.  Right now their website only has three 2016 pins listed when in fact there are a lot more.

Dugout has been the mascot of the Little League World Series since 1985.  He was created by the Disney Corporation.  Walt Disney once sat on the Little League board of trustees for almost a decade.  Even after his death in 1967, Little League and Disney kept in touch.  Dugout is a perfect combination of a beaver, gopher, and chipmunk.  They also got inspired by Winnie the Pooh and Lady and the Tramp for his look as well.

One of the newest Dugout pins for 2016 is pictured above.  It features Dugout riding a chopper.  They used a baseball for the front wheel which you can actually spin.  Near the end of July, there is a big Pennsylvania H.O.G. Rally scheduled to take place in Williamsport.  I think that’s the main reason why they made this pin.

Card of the Day: Frank Thomas 1998 SkyBox Dugout Axcess SuperHeroes #SH9

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2013 Little League World Series Dugout Mascot Pin

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Its hard to believe that the 2013 Little League World Series is only a few months away.  Before we know it, South Williamsport will be packed with people from all over the world.  The Little League World Series will take place from 8/15/13 to 8/25/13 this year.  Little League renovated their museum and I plan to take a tour of it before everyone arrives.  I’ve heard that they’ve added many new features and have the museum divided up by innings.

We all know the Little League World Series is known for its endless amounts of commemorative pins.  The above pin is just the beginning.  Trust me, there will be plenty more to come.  As you can see, it features Little League’s mascot Dugout and has the new LLWS logo for 2013.  They are currently selling for $15.00.

What Else Do I Get Crazy About? – MLB Dugout Heroes

This post is a response to an article I saw on A Cardboard Problem yesterday.  Every weekend they have a Sunday question.  Yesterday’s question asked collectors whether they get crazy about something else other than baseball cards.  In my response, I can say I do.  Along with collecting sports cards and other memorabilia, I am a huge fan of the video game MLB Dugout Heroes.  I discovered this game last summer after seeing an advertisement on YouTube and I have been playing ever since.  You choose a team to play as (I picked the Phillies), then you just start playing online games with other people.  The currency in the game is “Nuts” and as you make more money by playing you can purchase upgrades for your team.  Some of the upgrades include sunglasses, gloves, bats, and shoes.  The best thing about this game is that its totally FREE!!

For years I was addicted to playing video games.  I had a bunch of systems ranging from the old NES to a PlayStation 2.  I sold every piece of gaming equipment a few years ago because I got bored and decided to do more collecting.  If your a baseball fan and a gamer, I highly suggest trying it out.  I like the way the players look.  Usually video game manufacturers try and make the athletes look as real as possible.  With MLB Dugout Heroes, the players look like cartoons.  If you decide to jump on board, my Phillies team name is SportsCardInfo.  I’m far from the best at it, but its still really fun.  My Phillies are more like last year’s Nationals.

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This is suppose to be Ryan Howard 🙂

In case anyone was wondering.  I have almost 700,000 “Nuts”.