Flashback Product of the Week: 2007 Upper Deck Holiday Inn

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With less than two weeks until Christmas, families are getting ready to travel.  Hotel stays are a must for many in between holiday destinations.  When I travel, I usually stay at a Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, or Holiday Inn.  They seem to work the best.

It should be no surprise that hotels would want to hookup with a card manufacturer in order to promote their business.  The most recent example of this would be when the Sheraton in Atlantic City and Upper Deck got together last summer.  Room keys resembled Upper Deck cards for those people that stayed at the Sheraton while the National Sports Collectors Convention was going on.  Its not the first time cards have been turned into room keys, but not something done very often.  Items like that make unique souvenirs.

The 2007 Upper Deck Holiday Inn set is nothing earth-shattering, but an interesting promotion nonetheless.  For those members of the Holiday Inn Priority Club that stayed at a participating Holiday Inn hotel between May 31, 2007 and July 30, 2007 received a specially marked pack of Upper Deck baseball cards.  You got a pack for each night you stayed.  Inside each pack there are (4) cards – (3) base and (1) Cal Ripken, Jr. insert.  There are (5) Ripken inserts, and the entire base set consists of (60) cards.  You won’t find any rookies, relics, or autographs.  Adding at least one of those elements would have drastically increased people’s interest in this set.  All of these cards can be found for next to nothing today.

Holiday Inn isn’t a stranger when it comes to baseball.  In 1977 they slapped their name on (70) collectible player discs.  Given their age, they have a little more demand.  Merchandise from Mickey Mantle’s Holiday Inn in Joplin, MO is quite popular.  It doesn’t exist anymore.  Right now a Lowe’s occupies that piece of real estate.  You’ll regularly find memorabilia from it up for sale.  Postcards, pennants, menus, and matchbooks carry decent value.  Someone recently paid $250 for a sealed bar of soap.

More Photos From The ’09 Little League World Series

This morning I headed up to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.  This year I had a lot more fun because I took part in many of the promotional campaigns some of the major sponsors were doing.  Aside from baseball and football cards, I also collect pins.  Pin trading is HUGE at the Little League World Series.  Obtaining some of the pins from the sponsors reminded me of being at The National, because you need to do certain things to get a pin.  I had a really good time and if you’re a baseball fan you should go.  I even found a few baseball cards 🙂  When I was there, Mexico and Canada were playing.  Click on each photo to enlarge.

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Kellogg’s

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Coca-Cola

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David Sunflower Seeds

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New Era’s booth is in the shape of a baseball.

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This was one of the pin trading tents.  There were thousands of pins in here.

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2009 Little League World Series logo pin

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2009 Little League World Series ring pin

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This ACE Hardware pin was a giveaway around lunchtime.

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All I had to do was answer a few questions at the Honda booth and they handed me this pin.

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Quality Inn was just giving these away at their booth.

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Coca-Cola gave me this pin because I recycled one of their soda bottles at their booth.

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While I was getting lunch, a man came up to me and said he was an umpire for Little League and gave me this pin.  Its an umpire pin from Johnson City, TN.

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These cards were a giveaway from Sunkist.  Upper Deck made them back in 2005 for the Little League World Series.  Each came wrapped in a clear pack.  There are 5 cards to the set.