“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2014 Wrigley Field Opening Day – April 4 – Cubs vs. Phillies Pin

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Opening Day is less than two months away.  The Phillies start the season off in Chicago against the Cubs on April 4.  I’m really hoping that the Phillies have a better season this year.  They’ve made their share of moves over the winter, but I think they need younger guys.  Management continues to keep bringing older players on board.  What the Phillies need is about nine Bryce Harper’s, and maybe a few Mike Trout’s.  The older players just keep getting injured one after another.  Cole Hamels will already miss opening day because of shoulder tendinitis.  I’d really like to know what’s behind upper management’s thinking.

No matter what happens, Opening Day is coming.  This pin can easily be found for under $10.00.

Update

Looks like I was wrong.  The Phillies start the season against Texas on 3/31.

If You Build It, They Will Come – Field of Dreams Relics Highlight Leaf’s Holiday Bonus Packs

Brian Gray’s mind was churning while playing in the Team of Dreams game last September.  As you can clearly see below, Leaf has made cards containing pieces of authentic cornstalk from the official Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.  This is the famous field from the 1989 film Field of Dreams.  These can only be found in the Holiday Bonus Packs Leaf sends out to its distributors.

The set will consists of the following: Actor Matthew Perry, signer Randy Owen, Johnny Bench, Wade Boggs, Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Doc Gooden, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Paul Molitor, Jim Palmer, Jim Rice, Pete Rose, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter and Frank Thomas.  No Kevin Costner.  Are they gimmicky?  Sure.  But promo packs are made for gimmicks.

Panini’s Black Friday Packs are in full swing.  Leaf’s Holiday Promo Packs are on the way.  I think its Christmas time!

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OYO Sportstoys Field Set Review

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According to Santa Claus, there are only 97 more days to Christmas.  Kmart has already rolled out the first Christmas commercial this year, and it’s just the beginning.  It really does come sooner with each passing year.

OYO has recently added a new lineup of toys to their collection that I’m sure will be a big hit this holiday season – Field Sets.  Collectors began snarfing up OYO’s Field Sets this past summer during the All-Star Game in New York.  Now they offer four types of Field Sets for each MLB team – Starter Set, Infield Set, Outfield Set, and the Game Time Set.  If you’re looking to go all out, it’s best to go with the Game Time Set as it is the highest level, and consists of the other three sets in one.

The 157 piece Game Time Set contains the following:

  • 136 OYO Building Blocks
  • 10 OYO minifigures – 9 OYO team characters & 1 OYO Umpire (The umpire minifigures are exclusive to the Field Sets)
  • 11 baseball accessories (9 gloves, 1 bat, and 1 ball)

Although the minifigures that come along with each Field Set don’t represent specific players, their facial expressions completely make up for it.  The faces on the Field Set minifigures are much more animated when compared to the actual player minifigures OYO sells separately.  You could always take the head of a Field Set minifigure and put it on the body of one of the player specific ones.  That’s one of the great things about OYO’s toys.  They’re interchangeable.  Not just with each other either, but with other building toys such as Lego.  So if you wanted to have two OYO teams playing against one another and during the game they get invaded by some Lego alien set, it’ll work.  Its limited only by what your imagination can come up with.

What would I like to see OYO do next?  They are currently working on blind packages that contain a few random minifigures.  I think this is a great idea, as the blind packaged collectible market has taken off.  But the figures inside need to have some type of chase factor.  Minifigures with variations would work.  How about randomly inserted redemptions for you to get your very own minifigure made?  I think they need to expand on the Field Set idea and move into stadiums, vendors, team buses/planes, fans could build.

OYO has really hit a niche market that I think Lego missed.  Anything that can connect you with what you love now to something you played with during your childhood is awesome.  If you think these things are popular now, wait until the Lego movie comes out next year.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Philadelphia Phillies 2004 Spring Training Inaugural Season Bright House Field Pin

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Spring training is back!!!  It won’t be long until the Phillies have their 2012 home opener.  This week they lost Raul Ibanez to the Yankees.  I wish he wouldn’t have left, because Ibanez was a fan favorite.  Someone else will have to take over his spot in the outfield now.  The Phillies have a few options since I think they were anticipating Ibanez leaving.  Laynce Nix, Scott Podsednik, and even Dominic Brown have a shot at the position.  I think Brown will start the year in Triple-A even though he has made it clear that’s not where he wants to be.

This pin marks the Phillies inaugural spring training season at Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL which opened in 2004.  It can be found for around $10.00.

Go For It! Roadshow – Rediscovered Relic With Mystery Signature

When I was in 6th grade at Cedar Crest Middle School my class went on a field trip to Hershey, PA to see the Go For It! Roadshow.  This was around 1997 or 1998.  The Go For It! Roadshow was an interactive educational health event for kids and was operated by the HealthSouth Corporation.  It was meant to promote healthy living and exercise.  The show ran from 1995 to 2003.  In 2003, a major accounting scandal unfolded at the HealthSouth Corporation and the show was canceled.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I found out we were going.  All I knew was that I didn’t have to sit in the class room for a good portion of the day.  When the show started, I quickly discovered that professional athletes were involved in it.  During the show, Bo Jackson walked by where I was sitting and handed me a t-shirt signed by all the athletes involved with this particular show.

Recently I rediscovered this shirt hanging in my closet.  It’s been in there for the last ten years.  I recognize three signatures – Bo Jackson, Matt Bahr, and Jennifer Chandler.  Bahr was a kicker for Penn State, played professional soccer, and went on to play with numerous NFL teams such as the Steelers, 49ers, Browns, Giants, Eagles, and Patriots.  Chandler received a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics for diving.  As for Jackson, well if you don’t know who Bo Jackson is stop reading this and go open a box of ’87 Topps in hopes of pulling an autograph 🙂

Here are a couple of photos.  Does anyone have an idea whose signature that is next to Bo Jackson?  I’ve never known.

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Bo Jackson / ???

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Matt Bahr / Jennifer Chandler

**Update**

The mystery signature is of former NY Giants linebacker Steve DeOssie.

Pin of the Day #19

Doubleday Field – Cooperstown, NY