Flashback Product of the Week: 1993 Topps McDonald’s All Time Greatest Team Glass Set

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If you don’t have at least five sets of these glasses in your kitchen, then you’re not a true collector.  When your girlfriend opens up the cupboard to see these, and she doesn’t run, you better hold on to her for dear life.  Because it doesn’t get much geekier than this.

McDonald’s has been making collectible glasses for decades.  I never really got into them, except for when they made a set dealing with Batman Forever in 1995.  Only recently did I discover that McDonald’s made a set of glasses featuring baseball cards.  There are ten glasses that make up the complete set.  Each glass contains the front of an official Topps card.

The checklist is as follows:

  • #1 Nolan Ryan 1969 Topps #533
  • #2 Johnny Bench 1970 Topps #660
  • #3 Lou Gehrig 1961 Topps #405
  • #4 Joe Morgan 1973 Topps #230
  • #5 Cal Ripken Jr 1985 Topps #704
  • #6 Brooks Robinson 1961 Topps #10
  • #7 Roberto Clemente 1961 Topps #388
  • #8 Willie Mays 1957 Topps #10
  • #9 Babe Ruth 1962 Topps #139
  • #10 Carl Yastrzemski 1970 Topps #10

The first nine glasses were sold nationally.  In order to get the tenth glass, you needed to live around the Boston area.  This makes the Carl Yastrzemski glass the rarest one in the bunch.  A full set of ten glasses will run you about $60.00 today.

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Card of the Day: John Wall 2012-2013 Panini Innovation Stained Glass

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Card of the Day: Marcus Lattimore 2013 Leaf Trinity Pure Glass Auto

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: ’12 Little League World Series PA 12 Midwest Shot Glass Pin

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The 2012 Little League World Series will soon take over South Williamsport once again.  Pins will be flowing like water.  If your a pin collector, especially baseball ones, this is the place to be.  This ten day long baseball and pin extravaganza starts August 16th and goes until the 26th.  I’ll probably head up there one weekend to see what kind of promo pins I can snag.

You have to admit, the above pin is hilarious.  A Little League pin designed to look like a shot glass.  Anyone else find this funny?  Perhaps next year we’ll see some Little League World Series pins featuring the Marlboro Man.  This is a district pin and probably isn’t endorsed by Little League officials.  I guess you could drink anything out of a shot glass, but one usually makes you think of alcohol.  These pins are selling for $5.00 to $12.00.

Here is the official logo pin of the 2012 Little League World Series:

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Flashback Product of the Week: 2003 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia

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2003 wasn’t the first year Playoff Absolute was introduced to the hobby, but it did contain something a little unusual.  Every box contained an etched piece of glass featuring a player, and two mini boxes with a memorabilia card in each box.  On the base where the glass would sit, there would be the serial number, relic and/or autograph.  I know there are a lot of colletors, including myself, that love Donruss/Playoff products, and would like to see them make more baseball stuff, but I think this is one idea to be left go.  In my opinion, the etched glass pieces were not that eye appealing.  The bases didn’t really standout like I think they should have.  2003 was the first and last year Donruss/Playoff created these pieces.  They were made for baseball and football.  If they want to use glass in a product, perhaps they should make the cards of glass.

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