Card of the Day: Jake La Motta 1948 Leaf #102

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Tony La Russa 2014 H.O.F Cardinals VIP Party Pin

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Some Hall of Fame classes are small.  Some are filled with all dead guys.  Then you have some that are jam packed with living talent.  That’s what the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Class had.  Inductees to the Hall of Fame this year included Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, and Joe Torre.

Every Hall of Fame induction brings a whole slew of new merchandise.  Pins are at the top of that list.  The pin pictured above is one that wasn’t for sale to the general public.  The only way you could obtain this pin was if you were invited to the private VIP cocktail party put on by the Cardinals in Cooperstown on July 26, 2014.  This pin was your ticket into the party.  About 100 pins were made.  Its hard to put a value on a pin as rare as this.  One has popped-up for sale with an asking price of $200.00, but nobody has pulled the trigger yet.  If I had been invited to this party, I don’t think I could sell this pin.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: LA KISS Guitar Pick Pin

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Ok, officially this pin hasn’t been made yet.  But rest assured that Gene Simmons probably has them in the works.  Merchandising and slapping the KISS logo on everything is his specialty.

Arena Football fans have a new team to watch this season – LA KISS.  This is the third AFL team to represent Los Angeles since 1988.  I’m sure that owners Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will try to bring the energy of their concerts to the football field.  The LA KISS play their first home game on April 5th.

Card of the Day: Tony La Russa 1964 Topps RC #244