Ravens ’07 Topps Finest Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Jason German on being the lucky winner of the Yamon Figurs 2007 Topps Finest RC Auto.  Once Jason German sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Ravens ’15 Topps Platinum Auto Patch Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to ozsportsfan1 on being the lucky winner of the Javorius Allen 2015 Topps Platinum RC Auto/3-Color Patch.  Once ozsportsfan1 sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Ravens RC Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Kurt on being the lucky winner of the Arthur Brown 2013 Panini Momentum RC Auto #’ed/599.  Once Kurt sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Panini Gives Collectors A Peek At Their Super Bowl XLVII Promos

The Super Bowl is a paradise for promos.  Now that we know who will be heading to the Super Bowl this year, the promos will start to roll out.  It sure didn’t take Panini long to give collectors a peek at their Super Bowl XLVII promotional set.  How does one obtain this set?  Nobody quite knows yet, but it won’t be long until they unveil the details.  Panini has a reputation of having some of the best promotional programs in the industry.  If there’s one thing they’re good at, its promos.

The 49ers and Ravens will play in Super Bowl XLVII on 2/3/13.  Its refreshing to see two teams in it that haven’t been there for a long time.  We finally have a year without the Giants or Patriots.  I believe I can speak for the hobby when I say that Colin Kaepernick surprised the hell out of us.  Nobody expected to see his cards selling for what they are now.

Panini’s Super Bowl plans are just unfolding.  There is much more to come.

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Update

This set will be available at Panini’s booth during the Super Bowl XLVII NFL Experience.  It will consist of eight 49ers, eight Ravens, and eight Saints.  Plus there will be two commemorative patch cards.  One will commemorate Super Bowl XLVII and the other will commemorate Drew Brees’ performance in Super Bowl XLIV.  To see more be sure to check out The Knight’s Lance.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Baltimore Ravens City Pin

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Last weekend when I was in Baltimore, I picked this pin up at one of the gift shops.  I like these team pins that show parts of the city they are from.  You can look at them and say “I was there.”

My First Bat

It was the summer of 1996, and I had just really gotten into collecting.  My dad and I decided to go see a Harrisburg Senators baseball game one weekend.  I had never been to a minor league game before so I didn’t know what to expect.  When we got there I saw a lot of people, food stands, and stuff to buy.  We went over to one of the souvenir stands and I picked up a hat, program, and team set.  The team set featured a player named Vladimir Guerrero, which actual became my first small exploration into prospecting.  After we purchased our souvenirs we found our seats and began to explore the program and look at all the advertisments.  That day, the Harrisburg Senators (Montreal Expos) were playing the New Haven Ravens (Colorado Rockies).  Our seats were closer to the Ravens dugout and we could watch them practice swinging their bats.  I remember before the game there was a fan with an album full of minor league team sets that he would take to games to have the players sign.  After awhile we got hungry and ate some hot dogs.  What happened after we were finished eating really surprised me.  One of the Ravens players had broken a bat, and when they picked up the broken bat they brought it over, and swung it around the fence to me.  I couldn’t believe it.  They gave me a full size game used bat.  It wasn’t even that broken, just a small piece of split wood off of the handle.  I never found out who used the bat.  On the bat’s barrel it says, “GENUINE MODEL C243 PRO STOCK”, and on the bottom of the bat knob there is a number 15.  I would say that this was a great way to start my collecting career.  Here are a few photos.  Maybe you can help me find out who used the bat.