Card of the Day: Nick Maton 2021 Topps Chrome Update Series Sapphire Edition #US251

Card of the Day: Ken Griffey, Jr. 1990 Donruss Learning Series #8

Pin Pickups From The 2022 Little League World Series

Williamsport, PA and the surrounding areas are buzzing right now. Little League players from all over the world are currently playing in the 2022 Little League World Series. Collectible lapel pins are everywhere.

At one point in time I would head over to the Little League complex to visit the corporate booths to obtain pins for my collection. I haven’t done that since 2018. Little League has really made those free pins strictly for kids.

The Topps Truck made a visit to Little League this year. I don’t believe they had any pins made to distribute. That’s a missed opportunity in my book.

Around town many businesses have pins. That’s where my focus has been for the last few years. From Dairy Queen to Long John Silver’s I was able to round up about (30) new pins for my collection.

Dugout 75th Anniversary pin found at the Chamber of Commerce
Bullfrog Brewery
Genetti Hotel
Dolly’s Diner
Taber Museum
The Clothier
Taco Bell
Ozone Toys and Collectibles
Long John Silver’s
Lycoming Candy
KFC
Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships

Pin Highlight: 2022 Little League World Series Grand Slam Parade

The 2022 Little League World Series kicks off tonight with the Grand Slam Parade. Games start on August 17th.

The Downtown Festival begins at 4:00 p.m., and the parade starts at 5:30 p.m. New York Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera will serve as the Grand Marshal.

Collectible lapel pins are a main draw for Little League fans. I began to see some 2022 pins show up as early as mid-July. Many more will follow as the week goes on.

Here is what the 2022 Little League World Series Grand Slam Parade pin looks like for this year.

People who are on the parade committee receive a special pin.

2022 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball Active Player Edition Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph

“Wouldn’t this card look great with an on-card autograph?”

That phrase is something many collectors say when opening various products. Thanks to buyback products like Archives Signature Series now you can have authentic Topps autographs on those great looking cards.

Packaged inside each box of 2022 Topps Archives Signature Series is (1) on-card autographed buyback card. Every card is encased in a holder, and serial numbered. Autographs can come on older base cards and relics. Finding dual autographs is also possible. This is the Active Player Edition which means all autograph subjects are currently still playing.

Over the years I’ve had my share of good luck with this product. I’ve pulled a few 1/1’s including a Mike Trout autograph. Having one card per box is quite the gamble.

One of these years it would be great to see Topps use some Living Set cards. I believe they would look great with on-card autographs.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Sixto Sanchez 2019 Bowman Chrome Prospect Buyback Auto #’ed/65
Autograph is signed over a darker portion of the card.

Card of the Day: Dustin Moseley 2011 Topps Update Series #US211

Card of the Day: 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle/Hank Aaron World Series Batting Foes #418

Card of the Day: Christian Yelich 2022 Topps Series One 1st Edition Red Foil Parallel #288

Pin Highlight: 1998 Little League World Series Honda Sponsor Pin

Taking place between August 23-29 was the 1998 Little League World Series in South Williamsport, PA. Toms River, NJ took Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan to the cleaners winning the championship game. Future MLB All-Star and Home Run Derby champion Todd Frazier was on the Toms River team. He went 4-4 with a lead-off home run, and was also the winning pitcher.

Pins have always been a huge part of the Little League World Series. Even when the games were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 corporate sponsors and local businesses released pins. Each Little League World Series brings a new wave of pins to collect. Without an official pin checklist it makes the hunt even more exciting.

Honda has been a sponsor of Little League for over 20 years. Their corporate booth on the Little League campus is constantly busy when the World Series is taking place. Eager collectors lineup early in order to get their hands on the latest Honda pins.

One of the most coveted Little League pins was released by Honda in 1998. Due to a lot of rain, Honda decided to pack up early and go home. Before doing so they handed out only a few hundred of their pins. Those factors have led this pin to become very rare. On the secondary market these have been known to reach close to $300.

2021 Topps Update Series Baseball Hobby Box Break

How about another hobby box of 2021 Topps Update Series Baseball? I opened one a few weeks ago, but lets do another.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Tarik Skubal RC Major League Material Relic Black #’ed/199

Parallels:

  • Kolten Wong Advanced Stat #’ed/300
  • Chris Archer Green Foil #’ed/499
  • Adam Cimber Gold #’ed/2021
  • Travis Blankenhorn RC Rainbow Foil
  • Tony Watson Rainbow Foil

Photo Variation:

  • Andres Gimenez RC SP #US65

Inserts:

  • Dave Winfield Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes RC Topps Black Gold
  • Logan Gilbert RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Nick Madrigal RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Dylan Carlson RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Willie Mays 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Manny Machado 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Matt Olson 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Joey Gallo 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Jacob deGrom 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Juan Soto 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Jared Walsh 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Adam Wainwright 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Ramon Laureano 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Bo Jackson 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Nick Castellanos 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Kyle Seager 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Shohei Ohtani 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Bo Jackson Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Josh Donaldson Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Cody Bellinger Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Taylor Trammell RC Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary