“Pin-Up” of the Week: Ray Finkle (Fictitious Jersey Collection) Pin

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is one of my favorite movies.  It centers around the Miami Dolphins mascot Snowflake getting kidnapped.  They go on to hire Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) to help find him.  I won’t spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it, but I will say that Ray Finkle is the villain.  Lots of athletes make appearances like Dan Marino, Don Shula, and Randall “Tex” Cobb.  Jim Carrey even gets into a fist fight with the Eagles mascot Swoop.  Its 90 minutes of sophomoric humor with an endless amount of hilarious quotes.

Merchandise based on fictitious characters is really cool.  Especially when that character has next to nothing to collect.  Patti Lapel is a company that makes pins inspired by popular people, places, and things in pop-culture.  Its a blast browsing through their inventory because you literally have no clue what might be coming next.  Their Fictitious Jersey Collection is made up of five different pins – Clark Griswold (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation), Ray Finkle (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective), Bill Murray (Space Jam), Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights), and Bel-Air Academy (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air).  I’m glad they didn’t slap the name of the movie/show on these pins.  Designing them to look like the real thing is way better.