There are many things about next week’s release of 2015 Elite Baseball that longtime brand loyalists will expect from a product that’s been a baseball-card industry staple for almost two decades, including such inserts as Throwback Threads and Back 2 Back Jacks, an array of colorful parallels and a stacked roster of autographs and memorabilia. But a few twists — most notably the Collegiate Elite insert and the random insertion of on-card autographs from 2015 Prizm Baseball that missed packout for that product — should generate a new level of excitement for a release that appeals equally to veteran collectors and newcomers alike.
Set to release one week from tomorrow, the first standalone Diamond Kings release in 10 years delivers a stirring artistic tribute to the game’s greatest legends, biggest current stars and hottest rookies with a product that’s as rich in autograph and memorabilia content as it is in design and aesthetics. Of course, having the original diamond king — the legendary Babe Ruth — on board to help reintroduce this collecting classic doesn’t hurt, either.
Beginning this weekend in Florida, Panini America officials will throw out the proverbial first pitch on the 2015 Panini Spring Training Road Trip, a two-state, cross-country event that enters its second year as an invaluable resource for the company to acquire autographs, images and other content from the best young players in baseball that will drive products all season long.
Atop the signing priority list for the dozens of young players Panini America will interact with during the next two weeks: 2015 Prizm Baseball. One of baseball’s most popular products is primed for a blockbuster return this summer and will be bolstered by an arresting array of new Prizm parallels, a stacked roster of on-card autographs . . . and the baseball debut of Tie Dye Prizms.
Nelsonville’s Crabtree Field is a baseball field behind the local GoMart. You reach it by going up a set of stairs built into the hill. I decided it’d make a good subject for this week’s Photo Challenge when I went over to the GoMart yesterday.
Few American icons have a history as closely linked as that of baseball and train travel. From the beginning of ‘the national pastime,’ baseball players have traveled by train. When the Phillies and Yankees met in 1950, the teams traveled by train, and for this year’s World Series, appropriately dubbed the Amtrak Series, the most convenient and comfortable way for fans and players to travel is on board Amtrak.
Amtrak offers three services between New York and Philadelphia – Acela Express, Northeast Regional, and Keystone. There are 15 Acela Express frequencies in each direction, 21 Northeast Regional frequencies in each direction, and 10 Keystone frequencies in each direction every weekday, making it convenient for Phillies and Yankee fans to travel to see their teams. Reservations can be made online at Amtrak.com or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. Amtrak Guest Rewards members can earn double points for travel – including to the Amtrak Series — through December 19 just by registering at Amtrakguestrewards.com.”
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“NEW YORK, July 5 /PRNewswire/ — American and National League All-Star Team managers Joe Maddon and Charlie Manuel, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, have announced the candidates for the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote to be held exclusively on MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club Web sites.
“Fans began casting votes for the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote on MLB.com and the Club sites immediately following today’s Major League Baseball All-Star Selection Show presented by Pepsi on TBS and can continue until balloting concludes at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, July 9. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter. Last year’s program saw a record 47.8 million votes.”
“NEW YORK, June 12 /PRNewswire/ — MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, announced today that its live coverage of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft drew 332.5 million page views and 29.8 million visitors over the three-day event, shattering traffic records for the comparable draft time period. The total page views represents a 75 percent increase over the 2008 mark of 189.5 million, while visitors were up more than 30 percent year-to-year.”
“The 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame Tour Package includes tickets to the four Major League games (St. Louis Cardinals @ Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland A’s @ New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies @ New York Mets, Oakland A’s @ Boston Red Sox), 5 days/4 nights first class accommodations, admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, private luxury coach transportation throughout your experience, the behind the scenes tour of Fenway Park, a commemorative gift, a Roadtrips ticket holder and lanyard and the Roadtrips Hall of Fame reception in Cooperstown (lunch included). The entire tour is hosted by Roadtrips professional tour hosts and each guest also receives access to the expert travel and concierge services of the Roadtrips At-Your-Service Desk to help them plan their holiday details.”
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“In the month leading up to the All-Star Game, Bank of America will support a series of activities and special events to engage fans, delight customers and support the San Francisco community.”