Card of the Day: Phillie Phanatic 2017 Topps Opening Day Mascots #11

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Card of the Day: Phillie Phanatic 2012 Topps Opening Day #M-14

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1987 Acme Phillie Phanatic Figurines

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Coming to your local ACME grocery store starting June 28th 1987 are these awesome Phillie Phanatic figures!!!

Ok.  If you have an ACME grocery store where you live I highly doubt you’ll find any of these little dudes floating around.  You’ed only be twenty-eight years late.  But on 6/28/87 that’s when they began to surface.  The Phillies and ACME came together for this promotion.  These could only be purchased at ACME grocery stores, and a new figure was released every week.  There are eight figures to the whole set.  Each figure features the Phanatic in a different animated pose, and only cost $0.99 at the time.  With the Phanatic being one of the most recognizable mascots in all of sports, this promotion was a huge success.

Unlike most products from this time period, these actually increased in price.  Individual figures today can run around $5.00.  Complete sets have been known to sell for up to $50.00.  Condition plays a big factor when it comes to these guys.  The paint can easily fade and chip over time.  You have to remember that these were a kids toy that cost less than a dollar.  I’m sure many took heavy play damage.

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2015 Philadelphia Phillies – Phillie Phanatic Opening Day Pin

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Its becoming more and more difficult to watch the Phillies.  And I’m a big Phillies fan.  They’re experts at getting hits with two outs, and leaving men in scoring position.  They do it all the time.  Their starting pitchers constantly give up home runs early in the game.  Sometimes they do this with the very first pitch.  And Ryan Howard.  Don’t even get me started on him.  I can see why no team wanted to snatch him up.  I could very easily stand at the plate and do what he does.  He should be in the A.L. as a DH.  The Phillies have been in a steady decline ever since winning the 2008 World Series.  Signing these older players to such long contracts is one of the main reasons why the Phillies are in their current state.  I hate to tell you this Ruben, but players don’t get better with age.  We need this rebuilding phase to be over with ASAP.

As for this pin.  The Phillies had these for sale in the Majestic Clubhouse Store on Opening Day.  From what I’ve read, it was a Citizens Bank Park exclusive only made for Opening Day.  One pin sold for $33.00.

Crosscutters Host 8th Annual Hot Stove Banquet

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The Crosscutters held their 8th annual Hot Stove Banquet at the Genetti Hotel last evening.  It was a night filled with old friends, new friends, great food, stories, giveaways, and autographs.  Some of the guests included Philadelphia Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg, Phillies third baseman Cody Asche, and Phillies broadcaster Greg Murphy.  Returning for a second year in a row was Montoursville native and former major league third baseman Tom O’Malley.

Whoever made the decision to hold the Chinese Auction out in the lobby is a genius.  This allowed for more tables in the ballroom and a lot more room to eat at your seat.  In the past things have been a bit cramped.  The only drawback to the evening was that everyone wasn’t able to get autographs from all the guests.  After obtaining signatures from Cody Asche and Greg Murphy, I went to get in line to see Ryne Sandberg.  Unfortunately they cut the line off for Sandberg right in front of me.  That’s alright.  I had never attempted to get three autographs during this sold out event before.  On a positive note though, when I returned to the table I discovered I had won a prize pack from the Chinese Auction.

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Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg

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Phillies 3B Cody Asche

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Phillies broadcaster Greg Murphy

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The prize pack I won was donated by the State College Spikes.  It included a T-shirt, signed baseball, signed program, and a Stan Belinda mini bobblehead the Spikes gave away last year.

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Card of the Day: Phillie Phanatic 2013 Topps Opening Day Auto

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Phillie Phanatic Happy Holidays Pin

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This week the Phillies re-signed shortstop Jimmy Rollins.  I couldn’t be happier.  Rollins is one of my favorite Phillies.  Today the Phillies announced they’ll be bringing back Ed Wade as a special consultant.  Wade was GM of the Phillies from 1998 until he was fired in 2005.  He then went on to Houston, and now after being fired from the Astros the Phillies have re-hired him as a scout and to assist in salary arbitration.

Since this Sunday is Christmas, I thought the above pin would be an appropriate fit.  The Phillies have a handful of Christmas themed pins, but they aren’t the easiest to find.  This pin can be found for $8.00.  Happy Holidays!