“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2013 U.S. Open Wicker Basket Pin

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The 113th U.S. Open is currently underway at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA.  Weather had been a real problem for the golfers earlier in the week, but it looks as if things are starting to clear up.  As of right now, Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel are tied at the top of the leaderboard.  This is the fifth time the U.S. Open has been played on Merion’s East Course.

One design aspect that stands out the most to visitors on the East Course are the wicker baskets that top all of the pins instead of flags.  As the legend goes, the course’s designer Hugh Wilson was over in England studying their courses and came across some sheep herders.  The herders used long staffs with wicker baskets on the end to control their sheep.  The staff was meant to help move the sheep while the wicker basket was used to store the shepherd’s lunch.  Having the wicker basket on the end of the staff kept the food away from the sheep.  Wilson decided to incorporate that look into the East Course’s design.  This has never been officially verified, but its the story fans have been going with for years.  Many golfers don’t like the baskets since they can’t indicate which way the wind is blowing like a flag can.

This pin is one of a handful on sale to guests.  They have been running anywhere from $10.00 to $20.00.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2011 U.S. Open Congressional Volunteer Pin

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These were provided to volunteers at this year’s U.S. Open Golf Tournament.  They can be found for $10.00 to $20.00 a piece.

This year’s winner, Rory McIlroy, doesn’t have any licensed trading cards.  I’m sure that will change soon.  Taking a look on eBay, you see custom card makers have been cashing in.

Wrapper Rippers: Goudey vs. Sport Kings

Lets say your cleaning out your grandfather’s attic and you come across an old shoebox.  After lifting the lid you find two old sealed wax packs, one being a pack of 1933 Goudey and the other 1933 Sport Kings.  Showing your grandfather what you found he tells you to choose one and open it.

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1933 Goudey baseball is one of the most popular vintage sets to collect.  The set consists of 240 cards (counting the Lajoie) and was Goudey’s first attempt at making a baseball product.  Many collectors believe that Babe Ruth’s cards from this product are some of his best.  

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1933 Sport Kings, which was produced by the Goudey Gum Company, contains 48 cards within the set.  You could consider this to be the “King” of multi-sport products.  The set is made up of some of the best athletes of the time from a vast amount of sports.  Some of the key cards to pull would be Ruth, Cobb, Thorpe, Grange, and Bobby Jones.  At the time of its release, there were 100 packs to each box.

Which would you open & why?

Pete Falcone Likes Baseball Cards

This afternoon I was going through my base card boxes pulling out Red Sox cards for a trade, and I came across this card.  

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Its a Pete Falcone 1982 Fleer #524 and it caught my eye because he is sitting there opening up some packs.  This is the first time I have ever seen a baseball player pictured on a card doing this and I thought it was really interesting.  I doubt many players today would be seen doing this when entering the locker room.  Falcone played for the Giants, Cardinals, Mets, and Braves posting a career 70-90 record.  I’d like to see more players pictured like this, even if it is just for the photo.  

With all the high-priced products out on the market today, pro athletes might be the only people left that can afford packs to open.

Introducing Wrapper Rippers!

Sports Card Info would like to introduce a new feature called Wrapper Rippers.  A Wrapper Rippers post will contain at least two packs of cards, and you need to decide which one you would rather open and why.  

The first Wrapper Rippers post consists of a sealed pack of 1952 Topps baseball, and a sealed pack of 1910 Sweet Caporal Tobacco cards.  Both sets are historical landmarks within the hobby.  Which one would you rather open and why?

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Pin of the Day #10

I picked this up last year at the 2007 U.S. Open in Oakmont, PA.