“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2015 National Baseball Hall Of Fame Induction Press Pin

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Over the weekend the Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed four new members – Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz.  These are players that have had tons of merchandise made over the years.  An amateur collector would probably think rookie cards of those guys are worth tons.  In truth, its the total opposite.  Their rookies were so overproduced they barely sell for anything unless you have some obscure regionally issued minor league card.

Each year the Baseball Hall of Fame rolls out it’s line of merchandise for the new inductees.  Pins have always been at the core of new stuff.  The pin pictured above is what members of the press received during the 2015 induction ceremony.  I believe other significant individuals received the same pin as well.  On the reverse side you’ll find that it is serial numbered out of 5,000 copies.  They have been selling for $50.00 to $100.00.

The pin pictured below looks almost identical to the version provided to the press and other elite attendees.  But its far from the same thing.  The quality of the real deal is much higher.  If you look closely the real thing has multiple layers to it as well.  This other pin below is only one layer and the quality just isn’t that high.  Plus it isn’t numbered on the back.  I don’t believe this is a fake.  I think they just used the same design for mass production versions to be sold in souvenir shops.

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Goal Line Art Welcomes The 2015 Hall Of Fame Class

Since 1989, Goal Line Art, the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, and artist Gary Thomas have been releasing an annual set depicting some of professional football’s most talented players/coaches/executives.  In 1995, the set began to center around that year’s newest HOF inductees.  Twenty years later, its still being done the same way.

Take a look at these 4″ x 6″ masterpieces featuring the 2015 Hall Of Fame Class.  Tell you what.  If I were attending the HOF induction, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up a set or two to get signed.  These things look crazy good when they’re autographed.

This year’s Hall Of Fame Class includes Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, and Ron Wolf.  Sets generally sell for $30.00.  But older ones can run a lot higher.

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On Location: Inside The Pro Football Hall of Fame – Canton, OH

Over the weekend I took a trip to Canton, Ohio and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  I first visited back in 1998.  That year, guys like Paul Krause and Anthony Munoz got inducted.  It was also the year Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were neck and neck in the single season home run race.

Going through the Hall of Fame is a blast!!!  They’ve really changed a lot since the last time I was there.  Right after buying your tickets to get in, you’re greeted by a photographer who will take your picture in front of a green screen.  When you’re finished touring the museum, you can stop and see your pictures before leaving.  They put a whole photo package together for you.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the holy land for any football fan.  You can sit there and open every high-end football card product on the market today, and it will never come close to the fun stuff you see inside this place.  All the way from professional football’s 1892 birth certificate to memorabilia used by players today.  The Hall of Fame covers everything.

Its difficult to pick what parts of the Hall of Fame are my favorite.  Every corner I turned there was another priceless artifact.  The older memorabilia fascinates me the most.  Mainly because its a miracle that its still around.  The Hall of Fame Gallery filled with all of the inductee busts is really cool too.  That was dramatically better looking than what I remember it being.  But if I had to pick one artifact to be my personal favorite, it would probably be the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The gift shop is massive and contains every NFL themed item you could possibly think of.  I bought three new pins, lanyard, golf shirt, and a Hall of Fame mini helmet.  I also ate lunch at the Hall of Fame Cafe.  They serve lots of stuff from hot dogs and hamburgers to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.

Take a look!!!

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Pro Football’s Birth Certificate – this is an expense sheet from the Allegheny Athletic Association dated November 12, 1892.  The “game performance bonus to W. Heffelfinger for playing (cash) $500.00” is the earliest evidence of someone being paid to play football.

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Jim Thorpe’s Carlisle Indians Letterman Sweater.

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(Top Middle) Arnie Herber’s sideline coat, (Top Left) Butch Gibson’s 1934 N.Y. Giants jersey, (Top Right) “Wooky” Roberts Canton Bulldogs jersey.  Also seen in this picture is the helmet worn by Link Lyman in the 1934 NFL Championship Game, game ball signed by the 1925 N.Y. Giants, and coach’s cap worn by Redskins founder-owner George Preston Marshall.

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Jerseys of Bob Waterfield #7, Bronko Nagurski #3, and Sid Luckman #42.

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Jerseys of Johnny Unitas #19 and Doak Walker #37.

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Jerseys of Jim Brown #32, Lance Alworth’s AFL All-Star jersey #19 , and Sonny Jurgensen #9.  Helmets of Dick Butkus (left), and Tommy Nobis (right).

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Jerseys of Peyton Manning #18, Reggie White #92, and Tony Gonzalez #88.  Shoulder pads of Cortez Kennedy and college helmet of Larry Allen.

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Tim Tebow jersey – this jersey was worn during the playoff win over the Steelers in 2012.  Tebow threw an 80-yard bomb to win the game 29-23.

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Miami Dolphins Perfect Season.

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The “Immaculate Reception” Turf – Franco Harris removed this piece of turf at the exact spot where the “Immaculate Reception” took place in Three Rivers Stadium.

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Toys!!!

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The inaugural Hall of Fame class from 1963.

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Jim Thorpe

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Vince Lombardi

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O.J. Simpson

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Mike Ditka

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Dan Marino

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John Madden

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Team Postcards – (Left) 1911 Nutshell Tigers of Canton, (Right) Game action from a 1900 game.

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World Football League football – they didn’t make it.

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United States Football League football – they didn’t make it either 🙂

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Player bench from the last game Vince Lombardi coached at Lambeau Field.  Green Bay, Dec. 31, 1967.

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LeSean McCoy wore this jersey, gloves, and cleats in a game against the Lions in Dec. 2013.  On that day, in blizzard conditions, McCoy ran for 217 yards setting a new franchise record.

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Vince Lombardi Trophy

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Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII ring.

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“I’m ready to go in coach, just give me a chance.  I know there’s a lot riding on it, but it’s all psychological.  Just gotta stay in a positive frame of mind.” – Ace Ventura

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 1995/1963 Pro Football HOF Guest Pins

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You would’ve thought the Football Hall of Fame had issued specially made pins for high profile guests long before 1995.  But that isn’t the case.  The HOF began giving out pins to specific guests like the media in ’95.  These lucky people were presented with a small box that contained two lapel pins.  One pin would feature the names of the Hall of Famers who were being inducted that year.  The other pin had a retro theme containing the names of past inductees.  1995 was paired with 1963, 1996 was paired with 1964, etc…  The first pins given out in 1995 aren’t serial numbered, but the ones afterward are.  Quantities range into the high hundreds.  Prices can be between $50.00 to $100.00 per set.  They are all made by Balfour.

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Card of the Day: 2011 Timeless Treasures Hall Of Fame Materials Quads Clark/Grange/Baugh/Thorpe

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Card of the Day: Eric Dickerson 2013 Panini Spectra Hall of Fame Auto

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Jackie Robinson 1962 Hall of Fame Induction Press Pin

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Cooperstown has spoken.  The 2014 Induction Class includes Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Frank Thomas.  I’m a bit surprised that Craig Biggio didn’t make it in, but I’m sure it won’t be long until he gets there.  At least this year’s class has people that are still alive.  Guys like Sosa, McGwire, Clemens, and Bonds will never make it in.

Jackie Robinson is one of the most influential athletes of all time.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962 along with Bob Feller, Bill McKechnie, and Edd Roush.  The Hall of Fame held a luncheon announcing Robinson’s induction and members of the press were provided with this pin.  I don’t know what it is about these pewter pins, but some of them freak me out.  I think its the eyes.  They always look so empty.  Collectors wanting to add this pin to their collection will have to open their wallets.  One recently sold for $300.00.

Orioles Hometown Heroes Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Mike Boddicker 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – City Hall Auto.  I never heard back from the collector who won this card before, so it is up for grabs again.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • 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!!!

Orioles Hometown Heroes Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Mike Boddicker 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – City Hall Auto.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, November 29, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • 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!!!