“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2015 Super Bowl XLIX Host Committee Pin

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Will Johnny Manziel be the #1 draft pick?  Could the Dolphins have another perfect season?  Will Ryan Leaf make a comeback and quarterback for the Raiders?  Nobody knows the answers to these questions.  All we know for sure is that Super Bowl XLIX will be played on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

The Super Bowl is all about merchandising.  The second that clock hits 0:00 QVC and HSN can’t start selling the winning team’s stuff fast enough.  There isn’t much merchandise for Super Bowl XLIX right now, but I’m sure it’ll come.  The only item available now is this host committee pin which isn’t sold to the public.  You’ve gotta know the friend of a friend who’s father is probably high up at the NFL.  Or you could buy one on eBay.  They are currently selling for $20.00 – $30.00.

13-14 ITG Heroes & Prospects Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Jaedon Descheneau 2013-14 ITG Heroes & Prospects Subway Super Series Black Version Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
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  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Super Bowl XLVIII – Host Committee 1-28-14 – Media Party Pin

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If you were lucky enough to make it into the Super Bowl XLVIII Media Party that took place last Tuesday, you know all about this pin.  Individuals that were allowed in, got one of these exclusive pins.  They’re one of the more in demand pins that collectors can obtain since these weren’t sold in retail gift shops.  Most of them sell for between $30.00 and $50.00.

The Super Bowl is one of the most merchandised sporting events.  Given its location this year, you can definitely see that.  Even though the actual game takes place in New Jersey, New York is making out well.  Macy’s Herald Square in New York City created an entire lineup of pins to giveaway leading up to this year’s Super Bowl.  The lines are quite long, but collectors do love their pins.  Not to mention most of the Macy’s Limited Edition pins are selling for $45.00 a piece.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1991 Topps Stadium Club Super Bowl XXVI Set

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Attendees to Super Bowl XXVI were greeted with a small cleared coated pack containing five 1991 Topps Stadium Club football cards.  At first glance these cards look identical to the ones you would pull from a standard pack.  But upon further inspection you’ll see an embossed Super Bowl XXVI logo in the upper right corner.  Topps reprinted 300 cards from their regular set and decided to create a nice little souvenir for the fans.  The 300 cards aren’t exactly the first 300 cards out of the 500 card 1991 Topps Stadium Club set either.  Topps jumped around.

1991 Topps Stadium Club football is known for a lot of things – great photography, star players, and for having one of Brett Favre’s most popular rookie cards.  Luckily for Favre collectors Topps picked his rookie as one of the cards to include within the Super Bowl XXVI promo set.  At the time these packs were distributed, Favre wasn’t on everyone’s radar.  In fact, he just finished his stint with the Falcons.  As the 90’s progressed, Favre’s stock began to rise along with the price of his rookies.  His Super Bowl XXVI embossed rookie is very desirable, especially examples that are in gem mint condition.  When these packs were distributed to fans, they would throw them in their pocket and the cards would easily get damaged.  If your in the market for one, I’d personally buy one that’s either certified or graded.  Many scammers have taken a regular Favre rookie and embossed it themselves.  All of these cards from the Super Bowl XXVI promo set hold a slight premium over the standard issued cards.  The Favre is by far the most valuable.

Sealed packs can still be purchased today for $10.00.  Expect to pay more if one of the key cards is visible.

Card of the Day: Peyton Manning 2014 Panini Commemorative Super Bowl XLVIII Collection #1

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Super Bowl XLVIII Tailgate Pin

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Communication is one of the most important aspects of business.  Poor communication can cost you a lot of money and/or make you look like a complete idiot.  In this case it makes the NFL look dumb thanks to the Super Bowl XLVIII committee.  The Super Bowl XLVIII committee decided to ban tailgating at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014.  According to Committee CEO Al Kelly, “You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in you car.  And provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car.  However you’re not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you’re not going to be able to take out a grill and you’re not going to be able to take up more than one parking space.

Do you see the irony yet?  Tailgating is banned, yet the NFL issues a Super Bowl XLVIII pin that promotes tailgating.  It doesn’t make much sense does it?  Every year the rules and regulations you have to go through get stricter.  The Super Bowl isn’t for the “common person” anymore as it hasn’t been for many years.  Its for the very wealthy and well connected.

Parking is a pain when it comes to any sporting event, let alone the Super Bowl.  For a stadium that will hold 80,000 fans, they’re only opening 13,000 parking spaces.  If you can’t make it into one of those spots, you have two other options.  The committee will charter a bus called the Fan Express, which will cost $51.00 and pick up and drop off passengers at nine locations around the region.  Fans can also take N.J. Transit to the MetLife Stadium stop.

I can’t wait to see how they react when I arrive in the Sports Card Info private helicopter.  As for this pin, you can easily get one for $9.00.  Even though these pins were probably made before the committee made their decision, don’t you think someone would’ve thought it would make them look stupid to sell them?

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Super Bowl VII Press Pin

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Its not much to look at, but this is the pin that was given to members of the media that were covering Super Bowl VII.  As you can see, its just a basic helmet with the NFL logo on the side.  They certainly don’t make them this subtle anymore.  Don’t let its simple design fool you.  These are rare to come by.  When one is available for sale, the asking price is usually around $300.00 or $400.00.  If you’re in the market to purchase one of these pins, be careful.  The Super Bowl VI press pin looks very similar, except for a few minor differences.

Super Bowl VII took place on 1/14/73 between the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins.  Miami won 14-7, while making their mark in history going the entire season undefeated.  No other team since then has gone undefeated.  It is a record that will likely never be broken.

So far the Dolphins are having a great season.  They’re currently 2-0, which is something they haven’t been many times within the last ten years.  That new logo seems to be working for them.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee Pin

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Super Bowl XLVIII is only 267 days away.  It might be a little early to order those pizzas and make the nachos, but the Super Bowl XLVIII host committee is hard at work ensuring all fans attending have a great Super Bowl experience.  This will be the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl in the history of the NFL.  The game will take place at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey.  Both New York and New Jersey will be sharing the hosting duties.

This pin has been given to employees of Metlife Stadium and lots of people that are part of the host committee.  They’re selling for about $30.00 to $40.00 right now.

What do you think the odds are of Tim Tebow being the MVP of this Super Bowl?  I think the Marlins should hire him to sit at random spots throughout Marlins Park.  Don’t tell the fans either.  Let them discover him on their own.  That would bring their attendance up.  I hope the marketing people for the Marlins are reading this.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1998 Topps Super Chrome Baseball

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This is America and we like everything to be bigger.  We want our meals super-sized so why wouldn’t we want the same for our cards?  This is the logic that Topps used when they came up with the idea for 1998 Topps Super Chrome Baseball.  These 4 x 6 monsters aren’t box toppers.  Every card in this 36-card set is that size.  Boxes contain twelve packs with one refractor inside each box.  The base cards don’t hold much value today, but depending on the player refractors still have a premium.  It is a very dull product since there are no rookies or inserts.  Just base cards and refractors.  Topps brought Super Chrome back in 1999 for one more go around, but it disappeared after that.  Boxes are steadily available for under $40.00.

The Topps Chrome brand has never impressed me when it came to baseball, specifically today.  In today’s hobby we have so many “Chrome” based baseball products.  Before that whole rookie card fiasco broke out years ago, Topps Chrome meant much more to baseball collectors.  I know for a fact that if a prospecting collector had a choice between a “First Year” Bowman Chrome or a Topps Chrome “RC” of the same player, they would go for the Bowman Chrome “First Year”.  Topps Chrome is much more relevant when it comes to football.  Football doesn’t have “First Year” cards or that funky 40-man roster rule.  If you’re a football player, and its your first year in the NFL you simply get a rookie card.  Its as simple as that.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: RDZ Super Bowl 30 Club – First World Championship Game AFL vs NFL Pin

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The Super 30 Club is a set of pins made by RDZ for the NFL.  Certain members of the media that covered the first thirty Super Bowls were given this exclusive set.  Each pin in the set commemorates one of the first thirty Super Bowls.  Depending on which Super Bowl you’re looking at, the price per pin can vary.  Especially when there were only 110 sets produced.  In the world of pins, that isn’t a lot.  This pin that commemorates the first Super Bowl recently sold at auction for just over $100.00.  Pins like this can be found from one of the best pin dealers on eBay – THE PIN MAN.

Super Bowl I took place on January 15, 1967 between the Packers and Chiefs.  The Packers went on to win 35-10 and Bart Starr was named the MVP.