Card of the Day: Curtis Pride 1994 Fleer Major League Prospects #29

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’18 Topps Premier League Platinum Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Jimmy Bayless on being the lucky winner of the Christian Atsu 2018 Topps Premier League Platinum Match-Worn Shirt Relic.  Once Jimmy Bayless sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

’18 Topps Premier League Platinum Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Christian Atsu 2018 Topps Premier League Platinum Match-Worn Shirt Relic.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, September 7, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Card of the Day: Nolan Ryan 1989 Best Western Little League 50th Anniversary

2018 Little League World Series Pin Pickups

All eyes are on Williamsport, PA for the next week as the Little League World Series takes place.  Baseball fans from all over the world have made their way to Williamsport.  Hotels are booked.  Restaurants are packed.  Parking lots are full.  And pins have become the next best thing to currency.  Pins are all over the place.  They’ve got commemorative pins made for everything.

While the Little League World Series is going on, I usually pick a day to go up and look around their campus.  There is always a lot happening.  I’m a big pin collector.  I’ve got lanyards full of them.  Over the last few years I’ve found it a bit more difficult to score free pins from the corporate sponsors.  This is mainly due to you having to register with an electronic bracelet, and use all types of cell phone apps.  Perhaps that stuff is all great for the kids, but for an older pin collector like myself I find it to be an inconvenience.  Luckily, I take a handful of my Sports Card Info pins with me and use them to barter with these sponsors in order to get around all of that.  In some cases it works, and others not.

Dunkin’ Donuts was my first stop.  Little League came next.  Following that was 4th Street downtown, Penn College, The Thomas T. Taber Museum, and then some more businesses on Williamsport’s Golden Strip.  Pins just popup everywhere.  I was able to get a lot more pins from the corporate sponsors setup at Little League than originally thought.  My Sports Card Info pins really helped out.

Pin collecting at Little League is like opening a pack of cards.  You don’t know what might happen.  A man walked over and randomly handed me a pin.  I didn’t catch his name, but I believe it was Troy Lare.  He had what looked like a Little League World Series ring on.  Judging by the pin, he is an umpire from Maine.  Very cool find, and not something you can just pickup anywhere.  I have very few umpire pins.

At the end of the day, I ended up with (24) new pins that filled up (3) lanyards.

The Phillies lost to the Mets 8-2 in this year’s MLB Little League Classic.  Next year’s MLB Little League Classic takes place on 8/18/19 between the Pirates and Cubs.

I’d really like to see Topps have a corporate booth at Little League.  It seems like a perfect fit.  Hopefully someday they can work something out.  Topps could have pins, special cards, make your own baseball card, and perhaps bring in a big league player to sign autographs.

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Chick-fil-A

2018 Topps Big League Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Wanting to get more of a younger demographic back involved with the hobby is something I think all manufacturers would like to do.  This hobby started out for kids.  Then it became a business when all of that old cardboard started to gain value.  Follow that up with much more attention focused on autographs/memorabilia.  Newer products can financially be out of the range for some would be collectors.  Some say digital products like Topps Bunt could possibly be the answer.  Physical products with digital tie-ins maybe.  I don’t know because I’m not a fortune teller.  Its tricky trying to create a product for a younger audience.  Kids don’t like being treated like kids.  They want to pull out the big stuff they see others getting.  But at the same time the manufacturer has to be careful not to load it up too much or the price per box/pack ends up being too high.  Its a balancing act.  For years I’ve said that Topps should have a corporate booth on the Little League campus during the World Series like many companies do.  Talk about hitting your target audience.  Little League has been known to be picky and expensive about who can and cannot setup.  There is a whole system to it.

Enter 2018 Topps Big League Baseball.  Hobby boxes come with (24) packs, (10) cards per pack, and cost about $45.  Its possible to pull a hit, but there is nothing guaranteed per box.  The base set consists of (400) cards.  Parallels include Gold (one per pack), Blue (Blasters), Rainbow Foil #’ed/100, Black & White #’ed/50, and Red Foil #’ed 1/1.

Photo variations are in here too.  The easiest ones to pull are the Base Player Weekend Nickname variations.  These fall 1:3 packs.  I actually consider them more of an insert.  More difficult variations come 1:507 packs.

CMP Codes:

  • Base #106
  • Base Player Weekend Nickname #529
  • Error #530

Like I mentioned before, you aren’t guaranteed any hits per box.  With that being said, autographs can be pulled.  There are two types of autographs.  The first is Big League Autographs which come 1:114 packs.  (34) current stars and veterans make up this checklist.  The other is Rookie Republic Autographs coming in at 1:102 packs.  (23) rookies are in here.  All autographs have Gold #’ed/99, Black & White #’ed/50, and Red Foil #’ed 1/1 parallels.

Star Caricature Reproductions and their original artwork counterparts make for fun pulls.  These add a bit more animation to the player’s face.  I’d have to say that my favorite cards are the Ballpark Landmarks portion of the base set.  You’ll find that they fall between card #351 and #365.  A card of the Harry Kalas statue at Citizens Bank Park would have been neat to see.  The one of B&O Warehouse reminds me of the two times the National Sports Collectors Convention was held in Baltimore.  I can almost see the restaurant I ate at.

If you’re a set collector who wants a break from this year’s flagship design, 2018 Topps Big League Baseball might just work.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Josh Harrison Big League Autographs

Parallels

  • Jeff Bagwell Rainbow Foil #’ed/100
  • Josh Reddick Gold
  • Aaron Altherr Gold
  • Mike Zunino Gold
  • Ballpark Landmarks Frank Thomas Statue Gold
  • Ballpark Landmarks B&O Warehouse Gold
  • Matt Olson Gold
  • Jorge Polanco Gold
  • Aaron Judge/Edwin Encarnacion/Mike Trout 2017 AL Walk Leaders Stat Kings Gold
  • Michael Fulmer Gold
  • Whit Merrifield Gold
  • Ricky Nolasco Gold
  • Zack Greinke Gold
  • Scott Kingery Gold
  • Erick Fedde Gold
  • Daniel Mengden Gold
  • Carlos Gonzalez Gold
  • Francisco Mejia Gold
  • Jason Kipnis Gold
  • Manny Margot Gold
  • Jed Lowrie Gold
  • Jordan Hicks Gold
  • Ballpark Landmarks Swimming Pool Gold
  • Charlie Blackmon/Giancarlo Stanton/Paul Goldschmidt 2017 NL Runs Scored Leaders Stat Kings Gold
  • Addison Russell Gold

Inserts

  • Miguel Cabrera Star Caricature Reproductions
  • Kris Bryant Star Caricature Reproductions
  • Byron Buxton Star Caricature Reproductions
  • Bryce Harper Ministers Of Mash
  • Mike Trout Ministers Of Mash
  • Aaron Judge Ministers Of Mash
  • Giancarlo Stanton Ministers Of Mash
  • Joey Votto Base Player Weekend Nickname
  • Mookie Betts Base Player Weekend Nickname
  • Manny Machado Base Player Weekend Nickname
  • Alex Bregman Base Player Weekend Nickname
  • Adrian Beltre Base Player Weekend Nickname
  • Anthony Rizzo Base Player Weekend Nickname
  • Aaron Judge Base Player Weekend Nickname
  • Paul Goldschmidt Base Player Weekend Nickname

Yankees ’18 Topps Series 2 Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Luis Severino 2018 Topps Series 2 Major League Material Black Parallel Relic #’ed/99.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!