Card of the Day: Mike Schmidt 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game Auto

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2002 MLB All-Star Game Press Pin

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The MLB All-Star Game has been in the news this week.  Starting next year, the winning team will not determine who gets home-field advantage during the World Series.  Instead, home-field advantage will now go to the team with the better record.  That’s the way it should be, and I hope it stays like this for a long time.

It was the 2002 All-Star Game that made baseball officials change the rule in the first place.  The game ended up going into the 11th inning, and both teams ran out of available pitchers.  Eventually they came to the decision to allow the game to end in a 7-7 tie.  Fans were in an uproar.  In order to prevent future ties, they decided that someone would have to win the game.  That winner would then decide who got home-field advantage for the fall classic.  It remained this way from 2003 to 2016.  Before all of this, home-field advantage for the World Series alternated between leagues from year to year.

Pictured above is the pin members of the press received while attending the All-Star Game in 2002.  The top of the pin has a separating roof that you can actually pull apart just like the real roof at Miller Park.  Press pins can be expensive, but this one is quite affordable.  You can easily own this pin for under $20.

Personally, I think MLB overreacted in 2002.

Card of the Day: Bobby Knight 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game Auto

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2016 MLB All-Star Game Press Pin

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The pin provided to members of the media during the 2016 MLB All-Star Game is bringing in serious dollars.  Collectors have been spending $75 to over $100 for one of these.  Given the high demand these pins have on the secondary market, I think its very important that they look as different as possible from the ones you could buy in a gift shop.

When you compare the one made for the press to the other pins, the difference is quite clear.  Press pins for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game come with a gold, blue, and white ribbon attached horizontally to the back.  There is a gold star on each side too.  The actual pin affixed in the middle looks familiar to one that could be purchased from a vendor for around $5.  Although it would take some work.  What stops someone from buying one of those cheaper pins, picking up some ribbon & stars at a craft store, and attempt to pass it off as the real thing?  Nothing.  What should be the most difficult part of the whole counterfeit process (the pin in the middle) is served on a silver platter.  Pins sold in a retail setting should have zero similarity to those provided to the press.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: WinCraft 2016 MLB All-Star Game FanFest Topps Pin

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The 2016 MLB All-Star Game has officially come and gone.  Once again the American League gets home field advantage for the World Series.  Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer won the MVP award as the National League fell 4-2.

Leading up to the All-Star Game was FanFest.  WinCraft always makes a lot of pins for this event.  Some of them you can purchase, while others need to be acquired by trading.  They had a group of pins that would be given out each day at certain times.  Only (100) of each pin would be handed out at that specific time.  These pins historically are sponsored by corporate partners.  For 2016, companies such as Louisville Slugger, Rawlings, Majestic, New Era, Wilson, and Topps sponsored pins.

The Topps pin resembles a baseball card and contains a silhouette pitcher.  A few have popped-up on the secondary market selling for about $7.00.  I always find it cool to see the Topps name on stuff other than cards.

Carrasco ’06 Bowman Futures Game Jersey Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Nick M on being the lucky winner of the Carlos Carrasco 2006 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Futures Game Jersey.  Once Nick M sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Carrasco ’06 Bowman Futures Game Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Carlos Carrasco 2006 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Futures Game Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 8, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
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  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Card of the Day: Mickey Moniak 2015 Leaf Perfect Game National Showcase Pure Green Parallel Auto

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Card of the Day: Bob Gibson 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game Auto

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Card of the Day: 2016 Topps Pro Debut Fragments of the Farm Game Day Shirt from Director of Smiles, Rhashan Gold Parallel

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