Card of the Day: Paul Noce 1990 CMC Minor League Baseball #139

2019 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

The MLB regular season is officially over.  Now the postseason begins.  My Phillies didn’t make it.  They finished the year 81-81.  Bryce Harper had a great season and was really fun to watch in a Phillies uniform.  That walk-off game winning grand slam against the Cubs was nuts.  This off season I would like to see them improve their pitching department.  That area drastically needs to be fixed.  Phillies’ batters would no sooner get some runs on the board and their pitchers would give them right back.  Very frustrating to watch.

2019 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball consists of (200) cards.  Parallels include Blue #’ed/99, Black #’ed/50, Flip Stock (1:108 packs), Gold #’ed/15 (1 per case), and Red #’ed 1/1.  An additional (20) Short Prints fall 1:6 packs and are #201-#220.

While ripping through those packs you need to keep an eye out for variations.  CMP codes can help.

  • Base – #636
  • Short Print – #650
  • Image Variation – #651
  • Missing Name Variation – #652

Top prospects such as Keibert Ruiz, Julio Pablo Martinez, Nolan Gorman, Casey Mize, Wander Franco, and Joey Bart have Autographed Image Variations #’ed/50.

Unlike the MLB versions of Heritage, the MiLB edition comes with an additional hit.  Every hobby box should have at least (1) on-card autograph, and (1) relic.

Autographs include Real One Autographs, Real One Dual Autographs, 1970 Mint Autograph Relic, Bazooka Autographs, Fresh on the Scene Autographs, and 1970 Topps Super Baseball Topper Autographs.

Relics include Clubhouse Collection Relics, and 1970 Mint Relics.

Inserts include Fantastic Feats, Fresh on the Scene, and 1970 Topps Super Baseball Toppers.

During the summer I attend about four MiLB games.  Usually on bobblehead nights.  Lots of fans have a great connection to that team in their backyard.  For me its the Williamsport Crosscutters, Harrisburg Senators, and State College Spikes.

This is the last product to utilize the 1970 Topps Baseball design.  Boxes aren’t that expensive.  A single hobby box should cost $60.

Lots of rookies and prospects in their MiLB uniforms.  MiLB is known for being gimmicky.  Crazy uniforms, mascots, giveaways, etc…  You see this a lot in Topps’ other MiLB product Pro Debut.  Heritage MiLB is a bit more serious, but still a lot of fun.

People like to say that cards of players in their MLB uniforms will always get more attention.  I think a statement like that is too general.  A mass-produced base card of a player in their MLB uniform probably wouldn’t be worth as much as one in their MiLB uniform if the MiLB card is a low-numbered parallel.  I think it all comes down to aspects like that.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Nate Pearson Clubhouse Collection Relic

Auto

  • Alek Thomas Real One Auto

Short Prints

  • Brady Singer #214
  • Seuly Matias #219

Parallel

  • Nick Madrigal Black #’ed/50

Inserts

  • Elehuris Montero Fresh on the Scene
  • Matthew Liberatore Fresh on the Scene
  • Kris Bubic Fresh on the Scene
  • Jonathan India Fresh on the Scene
  • Andrew Knizner Fantastic Feats
  • Luis Robert Fantastic Feats
  • Bryan Mata Fantastic Feats
  • Julio Pablo Martinez 1970 Topps Super Baseball Topper

Card of the Day: Doug Pederson 1992 Wild Card World League of American Football 5 Stripe #79

I Traded A Jar Of Peanut Butter For A Pin – 2019 Little League World Series Pin Pickups

The 2019 Little League World Series is in full swing.  Baseball fans from all over the world have found their way to South Williamsport.  Pin trading is bigger than ever.  Corporate sponsors and local businesses have pins for everyone.  Some you need to buy, while others are freebies.

This is the first year that I did not visit the Little League campus.  Obtaining pins from the corporate booths has really become an activity for kids.  Years ago pins were easily handed out for filling out a survey or lining up at a booth at a certain time.  Over the course of a few years mobile apps and registering electronic bracelets for the Family Fun Zone has become a requirement.  That’s not something I’m interested in doing.  Personally, I think it adds a bunch of unnecessary steps.  I suppose it keeps the kids busy though.

Just because I skipped the Little League complex doesn’t mean I missed out on adding some new pins to my collection.  Between Dunkin’, Dairy Queen, various businesses on 4th street, and Williamsport’s Golden Strip, I came home with (22) pins.  Between the Chamber of Commerce and Dick’s Sporting Goods, I was able to pickup the pins I would’ve purchased over at Little League anyway.  Some places which traditionally have pins like Pennsylvania College of Technology and The Crazy Tomato don’t have them this year.

I’m not going to show off all (22) pins.  But I will show you some of the pins I got which I haven’t seen popup online yet and/or I find unique.

Woodlands Bank – in order to get this pin I had to trade-in a jar of peanut butter.  Woodlands Bank will donate the peanut butter to the Central PA Food Bank and Firetree Place.

Bullfrog Brewery & Restaurant

Kinley Jewelers

Dolly’s Diner

River Valley Transit

Pin Highlight: Taber Museum – The Haunted Portrait Of Nellie Tallman – 2019 Little League Pin

The 2019 Little League World Series is right around the corner.  Its only a matter of time until visitors from all over the world flood Williamsport, PA and the surrounding areas.  Along with them will come tons and tons of Little League pins to buy, sell, and trade.

Little League’s official store has already begun selling pins for the 2019 games.  Even some of the pins made by the local businesses have started to surface.  Pins from Legal Insites, Tebbs Farms, and the Taber Museum have all been spotted.  Many more are on the way.

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society showcases artifacts that pertain to the region’s local history.  Each time I attend a Williamsport Crosscutters game I drive past it.  You can’t miss it, because of the lumberjack statue standing outside.

Pins sold by the Taber Museum usually mix baseball with local history.  Their 2019 pin focuses on the haunted portrait of Nellie Tallman.  When Nellie Tallman was 3-1/2 years old her father, an artist, decided to paint a portrait of his daughter.  What should have been a nice father daughter moment quickly turned tragic.  Little Nellie fell out of her high chair, and broke her neck resulting in her death.

John Tallman completed the portrait.  Shortly thereafter something strange began to happen.  The framed piece kept falling off of the wall.  Eventually it was donated to the Taber Museum.  While there, it fell multiple times as well.  To this day Nellie Tallman’s portrait hangs in the Taber Museum across from a painting by her father’s teacher, Severin Roesen.  It seems to have found peace there… for now.  I wouldn’t move it.  Many believe her spirit is attached to that portrait.

Cool or creepy?  Possibly the scariest Little League pin ever made.

Zoet 2018/19 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Auto/Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to zagrapanjc on being the lucky winner of the Jeroen Zoet 2018/19 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Museum Autograph/Relic Gold Parallel #’ed/50.  Once zagrapanjc sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Zoet 2018/19 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Auto/Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Jeroen Zoet 2018/19 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Museum Autograph/Relic Gold Parallel #’ed/50.  Good luck!!!

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