Columbus Clippers ’17 Topps Pro Debut Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a 2017 Topps Pro Debut Fragments of the Farm Columbus Clippers Game-Used Base from Huntington Park Relic.  Good luck!!!

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Pin Pickups From The 2015 Little League World Series

We’re neck deep into the 2015 Little League World Series.  Games are being played, merchandise is flying off the shelves, and pins are being handed out.

Its hard to believe the first time I went to the Little League World Series I never visited any of the corporate booths.  Now its really the only reason I go.  Sure its free to watch the games, but I can do that at home in the air conditioning.  On Saturday morning I decided to make the annual trip up to South Williamsport to see what was going on.

Arriving early really helps to cut down on traffic.  I arrived in South Williamsport around 10:00 a.m. and the first game didn’t start until 1:00 p.m.  There was no traffic at all.  Before heading over to Little League, I stopped at Reptiland.  Reptiland is a zoo that you pass on the way to Williamsport.  They have a Little League pin this year.  Its a two piece pin.  One part you get at Reptiland and the other you’ll find at the Little League Museum.  In order to get one you have to fight a live gator… just kidding.  After that it was on to Dunkin’ Donuts and Little League.

Most of the corporate booths didn’t open until 11:00 a.m.  Some of these companies are making it more difficult to get pins every year.  Companies like Lance, All, Bomb Pop, and Honda require people to fill out an endless amount of paperwork in order to get a bracelet which can make you eligible for a pin.  I know companies like to collect data for marketing research, but I think in some cases its getting a little ridiculous.  Luckily some of the people working for these companies will just hand you free pins if you ask without having to go through all the red tape.

After spending about three hours at Little League eating lunch and picking up as many pins as possible it was time to leave.  As game time approached the crowd got much larger.  This might have been the biggest crowd I’ve seen at Little League.  Most likely because the Red Land team from York is playing in it.  Lots of businesses in town have specially made Little League pins.  On the way home I stopped by The Clothier and Genetti Hotel.  You could probably spend all day everyday in Williamsport during the Little League World Series and not get every pin.  There are just so many.  Some are more difficult to obtain than others.  ESPN and Oakley pins seem to be the most difficult to find.  I ended up with twenty new pins for my collection.  Just a few of them are duplicates.  About half of them I got for free.

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Exclusive Roberto Clemente Card From Steel City Collectibles For National Attendees

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One of the top things to do while attending the National Sports Collectors Convention is bust boxes.  There are always plenty of dealers ready to provide you with your box breaking fix.  Among the dealers you’ll find is Steel City Collectibles out of McKeesport, PA.  And guess what?  They have a promo for this year’s National.  While supplies last, anyone who purchases a box from the Steel City Collectibles booth will receive a Roberto Clemente Beckett Sports Card Monthly cover card.  This card looks just like the cover to an issue of BSCM, and is a National exclusive.  Limited quantities will be available.

Pin Pickups From The 2013 Little League World Series

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Collectible lapel pins are big throughout the Little League World Series.  They aren’t limited to just the corporate sponsors that have booths setup on the Little League Campus either.  Many businesses in Williamsport have pins made, and in a lot of cases all you need to do in order to get one is stop in.  Dunkin’ Donuts, Dairy Queen, Penn College, Skylar Frozen Yogurt, Wegmans, and the Williamsport Sun Gazette are just some of the places you can obtain more pins.  Its just like getting promos during the National Sports Collectors Convention, except its on a city wide scale versus being confined to one building.  One thing I’m noticing this year is that companies are issuing different pins at multiple locations.  Some companies are giving out different pins each day.  Not every one of these pin promotions is officially announced either, but I did see a few billboards for companies advertising their pins.  By not announcing all of the pin promotions adds a little mystery to some of the pins.

A company that I think would fit in well at Little League is OYO Sportstoys.  Not only could they giveaway pins, but commemorative minifigures for the kids as well.  Maybe one day this will happen.

I usually go up at least once each year.  Mainly for the food and promos.  Yesterday was the fullest I’ve ever seen it.  The newly renovated World Of Little League Museum seemed to be very busy.  It was a good idea that I took a tour last month.

Here are some of the pins I was able to pickup:

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Promos From The 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention

The National is all about the promos.  This year in particular I think had a ton of promos.  Here is a list of every promo I received.  All of the following promos came from wrapper redemption programs.  This does not include the items found in my VIP package.

Leaf

  • Pete Rose 2011 Legacy Auto/Jersey “Hit King 4,256” inscription w/ NSCC foil stamp

Sportkings

  • Gordie Howe/Steve Yzerman/Terry Sawchuk Silver Version Triple Jersey 33rd National #’ed/19
  • Roberto Alomar/Eddie Murray Gold Version Dual Jersey 33rd National #’ed 1/1

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Upper Deck

  • Cody Buchel 2012 NSCC #5
  • Roger Staubach 2012 NSCC #4
  • Alonzo Mourning 2012 NSCC #3
  • Theirry Henry 2012 NSCC #2
  • Michael Jordan 2010 NSCC #1

Panini

  • Ryan Tannehill 2012 Prestige NFL Passport NSCC #’ed/5
  • Andrew Luck 2012 NFL Player of the Day RC #2
  • Beanie Wells 2012 NFL Player of the Day #BW
  • Peyton Manning Panini #1
  • Andrew Luck Panini #1
  • Trent Richardson Panini #3
  • Curtis Martin Class of 2012 #19
  • Joe Adams 2012 Prestige NFL Passport NSCC #’ed/5
  • Tim Tebow NFL Player of the Day #9
  • Justin Blackmon NFL Player of the Day RC #3
  • Yu Darvish Panini RC #’ed/499
  • Bryce Harper Panini RC #’ed/499
  • Yoenis Cespedes Panini RC #’ed/499
  • Dylan Bundy Panini Prospect #’ed/499
  • Cal Ripken Jr Panini Team Colors #1
  • Luke Easter Donruss Limited Cuts Auto #’ed/5
  • Bill Russell Panini Legends #20
  • Harrison Barnes Panini RC #’ed/499
  • Martin Brodeur Panini #12

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Topps

  • Yu Darvish 2012 Topps Mini NSCC #1
  • Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Mini NSCC #2
  • Stephen Strasburg 2012 Topps Mini NSCC #3
  • Roy Halladay 2012 Topps Mini NSCC #4
  • Matt Kemp 2012 Topps Mini NSCC #5
  • Bryce Harper 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Yu Darvish 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Wilin Rosario 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • A.J. Cole 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Jarrod Parker 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #ed/499
  • Miguel Sano 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Leonys Martin 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Matt Moore 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Gerrit Cole 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Norichika Aoki 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Jameson Taillon 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Addison Reed 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Bubba Starling 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Jesus Montero 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Trevor Bauer 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Yoenis Cespedis 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Shelby Miller 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Brad Peacock 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Dylan Bundy 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Devin Mesoraco 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Manny Machado 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Drew Pomeranz 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Tyler Skaggs 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Tyler Pastornicky 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel #’ed/499
  • Jarrod Parker 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel Auto #’ed/10
  • Andrew Luck 2012 Gypsy Queen Mini RC #1
  • Robert Griffin III 2012 Gypsy Queen Mini RC #2
  • Justin Blackmon 2012 Gypsy Queen Mini RC #5
  • Michael Floyd 2012 Gypsy Queen Mini RC #6
  • Ryan Tannehill 2012 Gypsy Queen Mini RC #4
  • Bryce Harper 2012 Gypsy Queen Mini RC #3
  • Yu Darvish 2012 Gypsy Queen Mini RC #1

Back From The 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention

The 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention has come to an end.  It was packed with cards, memorabilia, promos, autograph guests, and much much more.

This was the 4th National I’ve attended.  I think it was one of the best.  The promos are one of the main reasons why I go.  Most of my time was spent in the corporate area with Topps, Panini, Upper Deck, and Sportkings.  The lines are well worth the wait.  Throughout the week I will be blogging about the boxes I broke and the promos I received.  I got some really good stuff including a few 1/1’s and a cut signature.  When I got home this afternoon, I spent about six hours getting everything organized for the week.

The National is one of those events collectors should experience at least once.  Its more than just a show.  You can interact directly with manufacturers, and you get to see a lot of collectors like yourself.  Some people may not like waiting in line for the promos, but that’s where you can meet some great people.

I broke something like six or so boxes.  When I got home, Panini had sent two more for Sports Card Info to review.  The cardboard just won’t stop 🙂  Take a look at some of the photos.  For those that attended, I hope you all had a great time.  More stuff coming soon.

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Panini’s booth was one of the busiest.  Collectors were lining up two hours before the wrapper redemption program started.

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On Friday, Washington Nationals pitching prospect Ryan Tatusko stopped by the Panini booth to sign autographs.  Ryan has checked out Sports Card Info before and last year I did an interview with him.  You can check out his blog here.

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The Topps booth was another busy area, especially right when the show opened.  Collectors were looking for Gypsy Queen minis and Bowman Platinum Blue parallel sets.  The Topps Mini boxes seemed to be popular too.

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2012 Topps Football

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2012 Topps Football

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Some of the Black Swamp Find featured at the Heritage Auction booth.

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Christy Mathewson E98 Black Swamp Find

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Early 1920s Babe Ruth jersey purchased for $4.4 million.

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Orioles 6x All-Star and 4x Gold Glove winner Bobby Grich

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Tigers 5x All-Star and 3x World Series Champion Jack Morris

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Bob Gibson

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This was as close as I could get to Panini’s VIP party.  In order to get invited, you had to purchase $6,500.00 worth of Panini products.

New Minifigures Coming From OYO Sports Toys

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OYO Sports Toys released this image today showing off some of their new minifigures that will soon be available.  I see Pujols, Ruiz, Reyes, Bautista, and Tulowitzki.  These little guys are so cool looking.  Remember, they are all compatible with LEGOS.