“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.

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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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Flashback Product of the Week: 1890 N80 Duke’s Holidays

Its that time of the year again.  Time to spend time with your family, stuff your face, and buy a ton of crap to put under the tree 🙂  Thats why I think the 1890 N80 Duke’s Holidays set would be appropriate for this week.  Tobacco cards from the 19th century contain some of the best artwork in the hobby.  Its also fairly common to find sets that consist of people, places, and things that have nothing to do with sports.  If it wasn’t for Duke’s, there probably wouldn’t be a trading card hobby.  They were the first company to introduce card inserts to reinforce their cigarette packages.

The 1890 N80 Duke’s Holidays set contains 50 cards.  Each card represents a holiday from around the world.  I think they’re really interesting to look at.  Examples that are in great condition can go for top dollar, but ones that look like the card below can be found for under $30.00.

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