Card of the Day: Jim Bouton 2018 Topps Heritage Seattle Pilots 50th Anniversary Auto

Card of the Day: Seattle Slew 2008 Sport Kings Series B #80

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Seattle Pilots 1969 Crane’s Potato Chips Pin

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Merchandise from the Seattle Pilots is hot.  It will always be in high demand because this MLB team was only around for the 1969 season before going bankrupt.  Once they declared bankruptcy, a car salesman named Bud Selig swooped in and bought them and moved the team to Milwaukee.  Of coarse this all took place after a ton of legal action was over.  Today they are known as the Milwaukee Brewers.  Elements of the Pilots still exist though.  All you need to do is look at the Brewers team colors.  Selig originally wanted the Brewers colors to be red and navy, but by the time he fully acquired the team it was too late before Opening Day.  That classic blue and gold can be seen on the Brewers uniforms today.  Although the shades have changed.

From 1961-1969 Crane’s Potato Chips included a lot of baseball pins within bags of their chips.  I guess you could say the Pilots just made the cut.  These pins aren’t always in the best condition because they were bouncing around inside potato chip bags.  A pin like this recently sold for $13.00.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Jamie Moyer 2002 Seattle Mariners 25th Anniversary Pin

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At age 49, Jamie Moyer has signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies.  Fans will be able to watch him during Spring Training as he tries to make the roster.  In 2010 he got injured and ended up missing the entire 2011 season.  Everyone thought it might have been the end of his playing days, but that’s not the case.  Moyer is one of those likable guys in baseball.  I hope he makes the roster.

This pin was made in honor of the Seattle Mariners 25th Anniversary back in 2002.  At the time Moyer was pitching for them.  When one finds it’s way up for sale, they aren’t that expensive.

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I was lucky to meet Jamie Moyer during the March, 2011 Philly Show.  Moyer made his MLB debut the exact day I was born – 6/16/86.

The Miami Dolphins Have A Winning Record

The Dolphins finally have a winning record – 5-4.

The Return of Brian Bosworth – at least to collecting

It was 1988, children were flocking to the movies to see “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, Electronic Arts released its first version of “John Madden Football” for the Apple II, and football card collectors were after the 1988 Topps #144 Brian Bosworth rookie card. 

Bosworth is considered one of the best college football players to ever step foot on the field.  He is the only player ever to win the Dick Butkus Award two times.  While playing in college, Bosworth was used as one of their stongest players but when he got drafted by the Seahawks in 1987 they moved him more towards the weaker side.  He only played professional football from 1987 – 1989 with the Seattle Seahawks.  Although he played a short time in the NFL he did pretty well being the head of several defensive team categories and making the 1987 All-Rookie Team. 

Last year while I attended the 2007 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, OH, one of the most popular products to open was 2007 Press Pass Legends football cards.  While opening my first of a few mini boxes I looked at the checklist and saw Brian Bosworth on it.  When I got home, while looking up some of the cards I pulled out I saw Brian Bosworth autographed cards with tons of bids on them.  I couldn’t believe some of the prices his autographs were bringing in.  Then this year I see that Press Pass brought him back for the 2008 set and Upper Deck has included him in their new Icons product.  Upper Deck Icons contains the very first Bosworth memorabilia cards.  Many people are buying his cards up left and right.  A lot of football fans, including ESPN, consider Bosworth to be one of the biggest flops in NFL history.  I guess collectors like him because he performed at his best in college, or maybe we’re seeing a new type of collector.  I never thought I would see the day where people collect NFL flops.  If this is all true, I can’t wait to see memorabilia cards of Ryan Leaf, Curtis Enis, and Heath Shuler.