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!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 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.
  • U.S. residents only.
  • 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!!!

Red Sox ’19 Topps Museum Collection Patch Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Chris on being the lucky winner of the Dustin Pedroia 2019 Topps Museum Collection Meaningful Material 3-Color Patch Gold Parallel #’ed/25.  Once Chris sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Red Sox ’19 Topps Museum Collection Patch Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Dustin Pedroia 2019 Topps Museum Collection Meaningful Material 3-Color Patch Gold Parallel #’ed/25.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 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!!!

2019 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

BIG HITS!  BIG HITS!  BIG HITS!  That’s what Museum Collection is all about.  Over the years I’ve pulled some incredible looking cards from this product.  2019 Topps Museum Collection did not disappoint.  What a great box!!!

Museum Collection is a high-risk, high-reward product.  That’s of course if you’re thinking solely about making money.  When it comes to modern day cards, making money should never be your #1 concern.  Today’s cards should be thought of as fun, not investments.  Too many products receive an unnecessary bashing because the people opening them didn’t get a high-dollar hit.

At about $200 per box, Museum Collection may not fit everyone’s budget.  Some may settle for just a mini-box.  Every box comes with (4) mini-boxes.  Inside each mini-box you’ll find (1) hit.  (1) on-card autograph, (1) autograph relic, (1) quad relic, and (1) prime relic can be found in every master box.

A 100-card base set is there to put together.  It consists of a mixture of rookies, veterans, and Hall of Famers.  Parallels include Copper, Sapphire #’ed/150, Amethyst #’ed/99, Ruby #’ed/50, and Emerald #’ed 1/1.

This brand is really known for only having one type of insert – Canvas Collection.  For the most part, you’ll likely get (1) Canvas Collection Reproduction insert.  If you get really lucky, there are Canvas Collection OriginalsCanvas Collection Original Player Autographs, and Canvas Collection Originals Shaped Sketches.

Hits that you’ll find include Archival Autographs, Museum Framed Autographs, Superstar Showpieces Autographs, Dual Autographs, Triple Autographs, Single-Player Signature Swatches Dual Relic Autographs, Single-Player Signature Swatches Triple Relic Autographs, Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Autographs, Momentous Material Dual Jumbo Patch Autograph Book, Museum Framed Autograph Patch, Museum Framed Dual Autograph Patch Book, Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics, Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relic Legends, Four-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics, Meaningful Material Relics, Dual Meaningful Material Relics, Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Relics, Museum Memorabilia, and Jumbo Lumber Bat Nameplate Relics.

The Museum Framed Dual Autograph Patch Books are very well done.  I like the look of the metal hinges that hook the cards together.  They remind me of how book cards originally were made when they were first introduced to the hobby.

FYI – The Juan Soto and Pete Alonso cards were in the same pack.  Second pack in from the right.  That’s where all of the good stuff is.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relic

  • Juan Soto Momentous Material 3-Color Patch Auto Gold #’ed/5

Auto

  • Dennis Eckersley Archival Autograph #’ed/199

Relics

  • Andrew Benintendi Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relic Copper #’ed/75
  • Dustin Pedroia Meaningful Material 3-Color Patch Gold #’ed/25

Parallels

  • Pete Alonso RC Sapphire #’ed/150
  • Kris Bryant Copper
  • Roberto Alomar Copper
  • Michael Kopech RC Copper

Insert

  • Buster Posey Canvas Collection Reproduction

Base

  • Jacob deGrom #54
  • Jose Altuve #39
  • Charlie Blackmon #34
  • Josh Donaldson #7
  • Mike Piazza #56
  • Roberto Clemente #76
  • Ozzie Smith #89
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. #6
  • Clayton Kershaw #47
  • George Springer #40
  • Freddie Freeman #4

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

Congrats to Matt Wilson on being the lucky winner of the Marco Reus 2018/19 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Meaningful Material Single Relic #’ed/99.  Once Matt Wilson sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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

This contest is for a Marco Reus 2018/19 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Meaningful Material Single Relic #’ed/99.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 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!!!

2018/19 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Soccer Hobby Box Break & Review

Even if you don’t speak the language, you have to admit soccer broadcasters can be very entertaining.  Especially when a goal is made.  I’d like to see cards made that commemorate some of the most memorable soccer calls in history.  How that could be done isn’t quite clear.  I guess you could have the broadcasters inscribe what they said on a card.  Don’t ask me how they would spell some of the crazy noises they make.  Placing a microchip in the card with a recording of the actual call would be ideal.  But I’ve got a feeling that could get expensive.

This is the second year soccer fans have had the opportunity to enjoy UEFA Champions League Topps Museum Collection.  The 2018/19 version of this popular brand contains (1) pack inside each box.  Every pack should have (8) cards.  (1) Autograph, (1) Autograph/Relic, and (1) Relic should be pulled from every pack.  That’s (3) total hits.  (2) base parallels, and (3) regular base cards are in each pack too.

Collectors opening boxes of this product are mainly focused on the hits.  But there is a base set to put together if that’s something you’re into.  The base set consists of (75) cards.  A handful of parallels are available – Copper #’ed/99, Sapphire #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Ruby #’ed/25, and Emerald #’ed 1/1.

As mentioned before, hits are the meat and potatoes of this brand.  Hits you can pull include Archival Autographs, Archival Dual Autographs, Framed Autographs, Road to Madrid Autographs, Museum Autograph Relics, Autograph Jumbo Relics, Framed Autograph Patch, Single Player Triple Relic Autographs, Meaningful Material Single Relics, Dual Meaningful Material Patch Relics, Momentous Material Jumbo Relics, Momentous Material Prime Patch Relics, and Single Player Triple Relics.

Unlike it’s baseball counterpart, there are no Canvas Collection inserts with original artwork.  Sticker autographs are also the go to.  Most soccer products that pertain to leagues outside of the United States have sticker autographs.

As of right now, a box will cost around $100.  There is also a Bundesliga edition.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Andreas Pereira Archival Autographs Ruby #’ed/25

Auto/Relic

  • Jeroen Zoet Museum Autograph Relics Gold #’ed/50

Relic

  • Marco Reus Meaningful Material Single Relics #’ed/99

Parallels

  • Iker Casillas Copper #’ed/99
  • Miralem Pjanić Gold #’ed/50

Base

  • Benjamin Henrichs #70
  • Gareth Bale #15
  • Bertrand Traoré #8

2018 Topps UFC Museum Collection Box Break & Review

Happy Holidays!  This time of the year can be very stressful for some people.  Friends and family are coming together.  It can sometimes lead to a lot of clashing.  People you only see once or twice a year may not always get along.  You could build an octagon in the backyard and let them go at it, or simply open a few boxes of 2018 Topps UFC Museum Collection.  Walking away with some nice hits always makes things better.  What better way to bring people together than the memory of an awesome pull.

If you’re a fan of Museum Collection Baseball this year, the UFC counterpart should be right up your alley.  That’s of course if you’re into UFC.  The design from the baseball set carries right over to this one.  The overall layout is similar, but you’ll notice that the cards from the UFC set have a refractor-like finish.  Not something you see done much outside of chrome-stock products.

A nice group of fighters make up the base set and various hits.  The base set consists of (50) fighters.  Parallels include Copper #’ed/159, Gold #’ed/75, Sapphire #’ed/25, Ruby #’ed/8, and Emerald #’ed 1/1.

Lets face it.  Hits are 100% what drive this product.  Its a quick thrill for UFC fans.  Every box comes with (1) pack.  Inside each pack there should be (1) relic, (1) on-card autograph, and (1) autographed relic.

UFC products can offer some interesting looking hits.  The on-card autographs, metal-frame, and patch cards are top notch.  I specifically enjoy the Signature Reebok Logo Signatures.

At around $70 for a box that offers (3) hits, its not that bad.  Longtime UFC collectors, new UFC collectors, and/or those just looking to give a UFC box a try should have fun.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Henry Cejudo Museum Autograph Redemption

Relic

  • Rose Namajunas Primary Pieces Single Quad Relic #’ed/50

Auto/Relic

  • Joseph Benavidez Signature Swatch Triple Relic Auto Gold #’ed/25

Parallels

  • Demetrious Johnson Gold #’ed/75
  • Amanda Nunes Ruby #’ed/8

Base

  • Colby Covington #16
  • Holly Holm #6
  • Alexander Volkov #29