Leaf Booth Finds During The 2018 National

To celebrate their 70th anniversary, Leaf created a set of 2018 Leaf Originals Metal cards that were handed out during the National Sports Collectors Convention.  I opened a few boxes of 2018 Leaf In The Game Used Sports at their booth, and got the pull of a lifetime.  I also walked away from the Leaf booth with a nice stack of these promos that pay tribute to the original 1948 Leaf set.  They cover a wide variety of sports, and come in all sorts of colors.  I like the simple design combined with chrome technology.  Leaf is very underrated, and produces some nice looking products.

Look at what I got!

  • Liangelo Ball Red #’ed/3
  • Anfernee Simons Red #’ed/3
  • Greg Maddux Green #’ed/5
  • Errol Spence Jr. Black #’ed/7
  • Gordie Howe Black #’ed/7
  • Derrius Guice Black #’ed/7
  • Earl Campbell Pink #’ed/10
  • Dennis Rodman Pink #’ed/10
  • Chloe Kim Purple #’ed/15
  • Shohei Ohtani Purple #’ed/15
  • Kyle Kuzma Purple #’ed/15
  • Jerry Rice Purple #’ed/15
  • Stephen Curry Blue #’ed/20
  • Pete Rose Blue #’ed/20
  • Josh Rosen Blue #’ed/20
  • Whitey Ford Blue #’ed/20
  • Josh Rosen
  • Lamelo Ball
  • Magic Johnson
  • Cal Ripken Jr.

Leaf sold Babe Ruth Yankee Stadium seat relics at their booth too.  Each is stamped commemorating the 2018 National.  The photos used for these remind me a lot of their 2017 Babe Ruth Immortal Collection.  I chose the one picturing Babe Ruth in a tuxedo signing what looks to be a series of baseball bats.  Where do you think those bats are today?

If you weren’t able to attend, be sure to checkout my Day #1Day #2, and Day #3 coverage.

Advertisements

2016 Little League World Series Pin Finds

The Little League World Series is a mecca when it comes to pins.  You can find them literally everywhere.  Over on the Little League grounds you’ll find corporate sponsors handing out pins all the time.  Certain sponsors hand out a specific amount of pins at different times throughout the day.  Others require you to register and wear some type of bracelet and/or complete a carnival-like game.  I’m not a fan of the whole bracelet registration idea.  It seems to be universal this year and covers multiple corporate booths.  I know these organizations like to collect information about people, but sometimes it can be a little annoying.  You shouldn’t have to sign your life away.  Sometimes marketing “experts” can take things over the top.  Luckily many of the employees representing these companies understand if you didn’t register and get a bracelet.  For the most part they’ll give you a pin anyway.  Based on my experience this year, Honda was very understanding about this.  Kellogg’s not so much.  Its been getting more and more like this over the last few years.  Fully anticipating that I would run into this situation, I took a handful of my Sports Card Info pins with me to use as trade bait.  That was a good idea, because I ended up using all of them.  To each his own.  I’m sure many people think the bracelet thing is a great idea.

Before the corporate booths opened up, I took a look around the gift shop that is located on the concourse.  The gift shop will get full as the day goes on.  That’s why its best to visit it early.  Little League now sells a 4-card set that contains actual infield dirt from Volunteer and Lamade Stadium.  The three Lamade Stadium cards are individually numbered out of (300), while the Volunteer Stadium one is the rarest with only (100).  All four cards are made by Choice Marketing SportsCards.  Choice is known for making minor league team sets, but I’ve never seen them make relic cards.  I pulled the trigger on the Volunteer Stadium relic.

Pins are not limited to just being found around Little League.  Many businesses throughout Williamsport make pins each year.  Some give them away, and others you can purchase.  Dunkin’ Donuts, Genetti Hotel, and Dairy Queen have become regular stops.  Dairy Queen ran out of pins after three days.  Not every business advertises that they have pins.  The Clothier gave me a redemption coupon to get a free 2016 Grand Slam Parade pin at the Chamber of Commerce, and referred me to Kinley Jewelers.  Kinley Jewelers referred me to the Bullfrog Brewery.  4th Street in Williamsport ended up being a gold mine.  Tons of businesses have pins.  The possibilities are endless.  I ended up coming home with (24) pins.  About half of them were free.  I’ve never had pins from Kinley Jewelers or the Bullfrog Brewery before.

 photo IMG_3084_zpsz1kjnr9x.jpg

 photo IMG_3085_zpsuyflpfhg.jpg

Casey At The Bat statue

 photo IMG_3087_zpsb3mynxgy.jpg

 photo IMG_3083_zpsnpgjmlk9.jpg

 photo IMG_3082_zpsnrouoiy4.jpg

 photo 16llwsvoldirt1_zps04pp3tfy.jpg

2016 Choice Little League World Series Volunteer Stadium Authentic Game-Used Infield Dirt Relic #’ed/100

 photo 16llwshondablue_zpsdobravwv.jpg

Honda

 photo 16ddllws_zpsrh5rq9np.jpg

Dunkin’ Donuts

 photo 16bpllws1_zpst9c0nx6v.jpg

Bomb Pop

 photo 16bfllws_zpsu0nhv2td.jpg

Bullfrog Brewery

 photo kin16llws_zpsxtzglk8b.jpg

Kinley Jewelers

 photo cloth16llws1_zpsxfj1ftay.jpg

The Clothier

 photo can16llws_zpsusaxkslb.jpg

Canon

 photo gator16llws_zpslv6tptxh.jpg

Little League District OH-5 blue helmet gator batter

 photo 16llwsgsp_zps2xtbk7m8.jpg

2016 Grand Slam Parade