“Pin-Up” of the Week: Hard Rock Cafe – Happy New Year 2013 – Slider Pin

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No, this is not a sports related pin.  Cut me some slack.  At least it has a ball on it.  Hard Rock Cafe made these pins for various locations (including Yankee Stadium) to celebrate the beginning of 2013.  Its called a slider pin because the ball can actually slide down.  The ball can move up too for those that enjoy time travel.  Depending on the location, these have been known to sell for as much as $30.00.

What would you like to add to your collection in 2013?  Personally, I’d take any of the Harry Kalas cards off my wantlist.  Specifically the Sportkings Series E cut signature #’ed 1/1.

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Happy Birthday! – Sports Card Info Celebrates 5 Years

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Five years ago today I founded Sports Card Info.  At the time sports card blogs were in their infancy with only a few that had been around for an established amount of time.  It all began when eBay allowed users to create guides for other collectors.  How To Spot Fake Sports Cards That Are For Sale was the first guide I put together and it took off.  Eventually I stopped writing eBay Guides and started up my own blog – Sports Card Info over on Blogger.  After five months on Blogger, they locked me out of my own blog because they deemed it as spam.  That’s when I moved Sports Card Info over to WordPress.  Its been here ever since.

Within the last five years, Sports Card Info has obtained sponsors from Dave & Adam’s Card World, Orange County Sports Cards, Atlanta Sports Cards, Lil’ Teammates, Bleacher Creatures, OYO Sportstoys, In The Game, Panini, and Press Pass.  In fact, Press Pass sent over the first product Sports Card Info ever reviewed – 2009 Element Racing.  All of these sponsors help keep Sports Card Info going.  I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing a lot of products and using many of the “hits” in weekly contests.

By far one of the coolest things to happen was having OYO Sportstoys turn Sports Card Info into it’s very own collectible minifigure.  When Sports Card Info began back in 2007 I never expected something like that would happen.  Maybe someday it will get it’s very own baseball card.  Weirder things have been put into packs.  But nothing can really compare to the steady stream of products I get to review and use for contests.  If it weren’t for all the daily viewers, Sports Card Info probably wouldn’t exist.

Lets hope the next five years are just as successful.  I’ve gotten to know a lot of great people since starting this blog.  Thanks for checking out Sports Card Info!!!

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FedEx dropped off five boxes yesterday from Panini to review.  Five boxes on Sports Card Info’s 5th anniversary.  Lets keep going!

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Happy Holidays 2003 ESPN Santa Pin

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This is what Santa must look like after all the presents are delivered.  Either that or he just had a successful colonoscopy.  This pin was made by ESPN to celebrate Christmas 2003.  It can be found for under $5.00.

Sports Card Info Turns 4!

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Four years ago today Sports Card Info began it’s life.  Since the beginning, there has been 3,000+ blog posts, 5,000+ comments, over 400,000 views, tons of box breaks & reviews, and almost 80 contests.  Thanks everyone for stopping by and checking out Sports Card Info.  I hope you’re all around to see what happens when its time to celebrate the big 5th anniversary next year.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Holidays from Sports Card Info

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Sports Card Info would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  Thanks to everyone that has checked out the blog.  If your lucky enough to get any boxes as gifts this season, let Sports Card Info know if you pulled anything good.  I’ve had some pretty good luck on Christmas day before.  In 1998 I received a Mark McGwire 1985 Topps USA RC #401 (at the time that was a huge deal), and in 2006 I pulled a Barry Bonds Topps Sterling Quad Jersey/Auto #’ed 1/1.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Phillie Phanatic Happy Holidays Pin

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This week the Phillies re-signed shortstop Jimmy Rollins.  I couldn’t be happier.  Rollins is one of my favorite Phillies.  Today the Phillies announced they’ll be bringing back Ed Wade as a special consultant.  Wade was GM of the Phillies from 1998 until he was fired in 2005.  He then went on to Houston, and now after being fired from the Astros the Phillies have re-hired him as a scout and to assist in salary arbitration.

Since this Sunday is Christmas, I thought the above pin would be an appropriate fit.  The Phillies have a handful of Christmas themed pins, but they aren’t the easiest to find.  This pin can be found for $8.00.  Happy Holidays!

Card of the Day: 2012 Press Pass – “Happy Holidays! Happy Collecting!” – Santa

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