Susquehanna Bank 2012 Little League World Series Pins

The 2012 Little League World Series is officially underway in South Williamsport.  Baseball fans from all over the world have come to enjoy America’s greatest game.  Collectible pins have already started to surface.  Many more will soon be on their way.  Luckily for me, I got my hands on a couple promo pins sponsored by Susquehanna Bank.  I haven’t seen these two surface yet, but it probably won’t be long until more pin collectors get their hands on them.  These are way better than the ones they made last year.  Businesses all around the Williamsport area make LLWS pins.  Sometimes they advertise that they have them, and other times they don’t.  Just ask around.

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Super Bowl XLVI Champ Henry Hynoski Signing

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This afternoon New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski was signing autographs at the Susquehanna Valley Mall.  The event was sponsored by the Susquehanna Valley Mall and ESPN 92.3FM.  Hynoski played for Southern Columbia High School, then went on to play for the University of Pittsburgh.  He recently won Super Bowl XLVI with the Giants.  Everyone could get (3) items signed free of charge.  The place was totally packed.  The line started outside of Bon-Ton and by the time I left the line was all the way back to Sears.  That’s a long line.  Luckily I got there early enough and didn’t have to wait too long.  They were also handing out miniature ESPN footballs and Pepsi products.  Hynoski was signing right outside of Schuylkill Valley Sports.  They were selling tons of Giants items you could get signed.  How convenient? 🙂

Henry Hynoski is one of those rookies from last year that doesn’t have a ton of cards.  As of right now, you can only find his cards in Plates & Patches and Playoff Contenders.  His Plates & Patches cards seem to be a lot more popular than the Playoff Contenders.

During Super Bowl XLVI Hynoski caught 2 passes for 19 yards, and recovered an Hakeem Nicks fumble in the third quarter.

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Henry Hynoski Coming To The Susquehanna Valley Mall

On Saturday March 3, 2012 Giants fullback Henry Hynoski will be holding an autograph signing at the Susquehanna Valley Mall from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.  No word yet on what the costs will be.  Hynoski graduated from Southern Columbia, went on to play with the Pittsburgh Panthers, and recently won Super Bowl XLVI with the New York Giants.

The cost is free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Free autographs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lunch With Former Penn State Running Back Mike Guman

This afternoon I had lunch with former Penn State running back, and LA Rams fullback Mike Guman.  Guman was the guest speaker at this week’s meeting of the Selinsgrove Rotary Club, which was held at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club.

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Mike Guman is most notably remembered for playing in the 1979 Sugar Bowl.  Penn State was playing Alabama.  You had two of the greatest football coaches in history going against each other – Joe Paterno and Bear Bryant.  Alabama was winning 14-7, and Penn State just needed to get over the goal line to score.  On Penn State’s last attempt Paterno decided to give the ball to Guman.  Unfortunately when Guman jumped the pile he was met by Alabama linebacker Barry Krauss and didn’t make it in.  Penn State needed to score a touchdown and only having to go such a short distance and not making it is one of those gut wrenching plays.  As the story goes, Krauss hit Guman so hard the rivets in his helmet came loose.  In 2002, ESPN ranked the 1979 Sugar Bowl as the Greatest Bowl Game Ever, and ESPN.com ranked the final play of that game as #6 on their list of 100 Moments That Define College Football.

Mike Guman is an excellent speaker.  He talked about life on and off the field.  He also provided us with his perspective on all the recent events that have taken place at Penn State.  Guman held back tears when talking about Paterno, and wishes the whole situation would have been dealt with better.  He got to sit down and talk to Paterno for about 30 minutes after these events unfolded.  Guman doesn’t like how Paterno has been vilified.  He wishes they would have let him retire at the end of the season.  Paterno said to him this was going to be his last year anyway.  Right now Mike Guman is Vice-President of Oppenheimer Funds.

I took my black and gold Penn State football with me and got him to sign it once the lunch was over.  Usually I get my photo with the athlete whenever I get an autograph, but this was not an official autograph signing, so I didn’t take the camera.

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As far as cards go, he doesn’t have that many.  Eleven to be exact.  His rookie can be found in 1981 Topps card #322.  I bet there would be a lot of college football collectors interested in seeing some modern day cards made of Guman.  Perhaps a Guman/Krauss autograph?

For lunch I had meat loaf, mashed-potatoes, corn, and a roll.

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Photos: Eagles Autograph Signing With LeSean McCoy

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was at the Susquehanna Valley Mall this afternoon from 2:30pm until 4:00pm signing autographs for fans.  The signing was put on by C.C. Collectibles.  The signing had a very nice turnout.  Lots of fans came out to see him.

Near the center of the mall they had a small card show too.  I was looking for a box of 2011 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball but didn’t see any.  Instead I picked-up a couple of 2011 Topps Marquee Baseball packs I will be busting a little later.

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LeSean McCoy SV Mall Signing This Weekend – 10/22/11

Collectors traveling through Central Pennsylvania this weekend might want to stop at the Susquehanna Valley Mall this Saturday – 10/22/11.  From 2:30pm to 4:00pm, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy will be signing autographs.  Click here to learn how you can obtain your autograph ticket.  Any item is $30.00.  If you purchase your ticket online, you can show them the PayPal receipt once you arrive.  You could also purchase a ticket at the show too.  They shipped me my ticket since I bought it so early.  I’m actually ticket #001.  Looks like I’m first!  See you there.

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