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Oddball Item Of The Day: 2005 New York Times Jose Reyes Pin

In 2005, we were all excited about the New York Mets. Our new GM Omar Minaya got us Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran — two of the biggest stars on the market that winter. The team’s marketing slogan was “Next Year Is Now” and it seemed like it might actually be true.

History shows that the picture wasn’t quite as rosy as we wanted to believe, but that sense of optimism produced some interesting collectibles.

The New York Times created a series of 25 commemorative pins, which featured everyone from stars like Mike Piazza, Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and David Wright to lesser-known  and less popular players like Victor Diaz, Victor Zambrano and Kris Benson. The Mets logo, Mr. Met and Shea Stadium also had pins.

Each pin carried the price tag of $3.25 plus tax with coupon – my memory is a bit fuzzy, but I believe you had to buy a copy of the paper to get a coupon so you could buy the pin.

I didn’t get any of the pins in 2005, but I’m not sure if it was because I felt that they were cost prohibitive or if they just weren’t available in New Jersey. You can get a full set with display folder for $25 delivered on eBay, or you can search for individual pins which seem to cost between $3 and $10, plus shipping.

I found my Jose Reyes pin at this month’s Rahway sports card show, where I paid $2 for it.

2 thoughts on “Oddball Item Of The Day: 2005 New York Times Jose Reyes Pin

    1. That’s funny. I saw a few more of the pins at an autograph show in Secaucus today – I might have gotten them, but I’d already spent too much by that point.

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