Card of the Day: Bud Collins 2013 Ace Authentic Grand Slam Auto

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2015 Little League World Series Grand Slam Parade Committee

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There are about 300+ pins hanging on my wall.  All pinned to lanyards.  A large chunk of the collection are pins from the Little League World Series.  They all vary in rarity.  One of the harder to find pins that I acquired this year was this 11th Annual 2015 Grand Slam Parade Committee pin.  I’ve never seen this specific pin for sale before.

The Grand Slam Parade has kicked off the Little League World Series for the last 11 years.  Its a big celebration that features every team participating in the World Series.  Plus there are marching bands, antique cars, fire trucks, military equipment, the list just goes on and on.  They usually get a baseball player to be the Grand Marshall.  Over the years they’ve gotten many retired/HOFers to take on that role.  For 2015 they had Jim Leyland.

Its not uncommon for people in the parade to be giving out pins.  Throughout the city of Williamsport there are different places you can buy the annual Grand Slam Parade pin.  For the past seven years these pins have been split into two pieces like a puzzle.  I don’t think the committee pins are made available to the public.  You probably need to be on the committee to get one.  This pin slipped through the cracks.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1985 Star Gatorade Slam Dunk

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Star cards from the 1980’s can be very popular.  But you need to be careful when buying any of them because there were tons of counterfeit cards made.  That goes double for any of the Michael Jordan cards which some predate the famous 1986-87 Fleer RC.  Given the year, authenticity, player, and condition, Star cards can bring into the thousands.

It wasn’t uncommon for Star to team-up with various companies for promotional purposes.  One example would be the 1985 Star Gatorade Slam Dunk set.  People who attended the 1985 All-Star Weekend Banquet in Indianapolis received a complete set of these cards.  Overall, there are (10) cards to the entire set.  Sealed sets contain (8) player cards plus the checklist.  On the checklist you’ll notice that Terence Stansbury’s name is in bold.  This is because Stansbury was added later to the set to replace Charles Barkley.  A Barkley card was created however, but was not included with the packed out sets.  Somehow it made it’s way onto the secondary marketplace though.  Isn’t it funny how those things almost always find their way out?

Obviously the most valuable card in the set is Michael Jordan.  Examples of that card have been known to sell for $500.00+ depending on the condition.  The Barkley comes in second at around $70.00.  You can still find sealed packs for $300.00.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1997 Grand Slam Ventures Champions of Golf Masters Collection

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When Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters Tournament, collectors were eager to get their hands on his cards.  At the time, they had to settle for only a few.  The first being his S.I. for Kids card that came packaged inside the popular kids magazine the year before.  The second being his 1997 Grand Slam Ventures Champions of Golf Masters Collection Gold Foil and Gold Ink versions.

The 1997 Grand Slam Ventures Champions of Golf Masters Collection is a 62-card set.  It has in it one card for every Masters Champion from 1934 to 1997.  Luckily, Tiger Woods just made the cut.  The most common version you’ll find are the Gold Ink cards.  They issued thousands of these within sealed sets.  The Gold Foil version is much rarer and was only made available to collectors that subscribed to the series.  Both version are very condition sensitive due to the black borders.  Obviously, the Tiger Woods cards are worth the most.  Sealed boxes can be found for $100.00.

Take A Look At These ITG Patches

When you have a bigger relic, you sacrifice a card’s overall design.  But when you have patches this beautiful… forget the design.  Take a gander at these Grand Slam relics found in ITG Heroes & Prospects “Hits” Series 2 Low Numbers.  The release date is 8/3/11.

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ITG’s Grand Slam Memorabilia

Is this not the sickest Mike Schmidt patch you’ve ever seen?  It might be the coolest Phillies patch ever.  This is just a taste of the “Grand Slam” memorabilia cards found in ITG’s Heroes & Prospects which is due out later this month.  I’d love to see one of these cards contain the HK patch the Phillies wore a few years back.

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’09 Grand Slam Parade Pin…… Got One!

This is one of the rarest pins collectors can obtain at this year’s Little League World Series.  The 2009 Grand Slam Parade pin is actually two pins that you put together to make a larger pin.  To obtain both sides you need to purchase a certain amount of groceries at two different locations I’ve been told.  One location will have one side and the other location will have the other side.  This is the rarest Little League pin I have in my collection.  I’d like to say thanks to my friend for dropping it off today 🙂

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