“Pin-Up” of the Week: 97th Indianapolis 500 May 26, 2013 Bronze Badge Pin

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Tomorrow is the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.  Throughout the month of May, all kinds of activities have been going on at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  For those die hard race fans that got to attend, this pin was probably your best friend.  For a cost of around $100.00 this pin would get you access to all of the events (except the actual race), plus garage access.  Over the decades these pins have become quite collectible.  Some of the old ones can sell for well in the hundreds of dollars.  Dubbed The Greatest Spectacle In Racing, the Indianapolis 500 has come a long way since Ray Harroun won the first race back in 1911.  Its funny to look at the lineup that day because everyone that raced was a rookie.  Harroun won $14,250 for coming in first that day.  Last year, Dario Franchitti snagged first place and won $2,474,280.

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2011 Indianapolis 500 100th Anniversary Silver Pit Pin

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This year was the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.  The pin pictured above was given to team members and certain sponsors.  As you can see, the front depicts Ray Haroun driving the Marmon Wasp just like he did in the first 1911 Indy 500.  If your looking to add one of these bad boys to your collection, be ready to open your wallet.  These can sell for $50.00 to $100.00.