“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.

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: 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.