The Force was strong with hobbyDB this week, with hundreds of new items arriving in the database from Funko’s annual FunkoWeen reveals to vintage Kenner Return of the Jedi action figures.
Among the new items is Pop! Red Miller, the first Funko exclusive from good hobbyDB friend Legion M. Read more about the exclusive here. A special shout-out also goes out to hobbyDB Squad member Alpha23 for adding more than 440 Speedeez diecast models to the database!
We share some of our favorites from the week. See all of the latest new additions to the guide by following this link.
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When the Hard Rock Cafe reached out to us if we could take over the management of their Pin Catalog we were excited. The catalog had good data and a great team (the Pin Masters). It also had the equivalent to our Estimated Value but it was all based on self-reported prices, sometimes what a user had paid for their pin, sometimes the retail price and sometimes the perceived value. Those are generally the kind of prices we are not adding to hobbyDB as they cannot be confirmed and as there is a conflict of interest (more on that here).
So besides adding other HRC merchandise such as Glasses and Magnets we were keen to start adding real Price Points. And that is what a group of 12 Pin Masters has done! They have already added more than 106,000 Price Points for HRC merch! And as these are more recent Price Points than the ones from the old Catalog most prices are now true market prices.
This pin perfectly illustrates the value of seeing and understanding the price curve of newer items. This pin is part of a popular series that debuted in January. As is often the case with new pins, especially series pins, eBay sales prices were nearly double the retail price out of the gate ($30 vs. $16) and are now settling down.
This example illustrates both the issue of the old Hard Rock Pin Catalog values (for pins 2018 and older) being subjective/inflated and an overall decline in a general fall in the value of older pins prior to the Pandemic and that seems to have slightly accelerated in pace, particular for pins that are more common or not highly limited. The old catalog value was $182 but the last five eBay sales over a nearly two-year period have not exceeded $100 each, and the total valuation is down to $90.
These logo shot glasses generally sell for under $10 but this Berlin Checkpoint Charlie version is generally selling around $20 to $25. Berlin Checkpoint Charlie is a standalone Rock Shop that opened in Q4 2020 in Berlin, right at the Checkpoint, near where there eventually will be a Hard Rock Hotel. Merchandise for this location is generally been sought after as almost nobody had been traveling there.
Here is a Big Thank You to the Pin Masters that worked on this data –
You don’t have to be sham-rocking out in Dublin’s Hard Rock Café this St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy some of the best HRC pins taking center stage.
We’re raising our glasses to toast the Top-10 Most Valuable St. Patrick’s Day Hard Rock Café pins currently found on hobbyDB.
Unlike the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, St. Patrick’s Day-themed Hard Rock pins are plentiful with close to 600 found within the hobbyDB database. If you have a few of the scarcer pins, however, you may very well have harnessed some luck of the Irish of your own.
As great as this pin looks, unfortunately, this prototype was never produced.
Make sure to peruse the entire Hard Rock Cafe Pin database where you’ll discover more than 90,000 HRC items. Do you have a favorite St. Patrick’s Day Hard Rock Café Pin? Show us in the comments below!!
It’s National Guitar Day and we’re rocking out to one of the most popular and plentiful items found in the hobbyDB database…the Hard Rock Café Guitar Pin!!
On hobbyDB, you’ll find close to 35,000 HRC guitar-themed pins — 34,917 to be exact, or roughly a third of all pins on hobbyDB — dedicated to guitars, picks and music icons representing the Hard Rock Café from across the globe and the alien world beyond.
The No Name Les Paul Guitar series were the first pins to be sold retail in the world. You’ll find close to 40 of them on hobbyDB, but none with an estimated value higher than the White Logo Prototype created by Gift Creations.
This pin was made of solid 14K gold with a 30-point diamond center stone and arrived with a rarity of just five produced. It was sold exclusively online and packaged in a lacquered Burley Maple box with a COA.
The one-of-a-kind pin made its debut in September of 2018 at a Pinktober launch party hosted by Melissa Etheridge at the Hollywood Hard Rock Café. A month later its auction closed at $5,125 — with all of its proceeds going towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.