Hard Rock Cafe Posts

The New & Improved Estimated Values for Hard Rock Cafe Glasses, Pins, Magnets et al

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.

Here some examples  –

Nashville 2021 Hello Kitty Traveler Series

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.


Oasis 2000 Opening Staff Squirrel

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.


Berlin Checkpoint Charlie 2020 Core Logo Shot Glass

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  –


And if you like to help with this or managing a Hard Rock location or with adding other HRC Merch (T-Shirts anybody?) reach out to us or one of the Pin Masters!

Top-10 Most Valuable St. Patrick’s Day Hard Rock Café Pins

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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.

Remember, estimated values are always fluctuating, especially as we add more and more price points to the database. Click here to check out our current list of the Most Valuable St. Patrick’s Day Hard Rock Café Pins


10. St. Patrick’s Day 2009 – Girl on Motorcycle Pin ($40)

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9. St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Non-Clone) ($46)

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8. St. Patrick’s Day 2001 – Leprechaun Sitting on Guitar ($50)

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7. Waitress with Brown Guitar – Prototype ($55)

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6. St. Patrick’s Girl on Shamrock – Prototype ($80)

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5. Les Paul FCP – Green with White Banner ($85)

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4. St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Band 2 of 3 – Flute Prototype ($100)

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3. St. Patrick’s Day 2003 Leprechaun Guitar (Error) ($100)

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2. St. Patrick’s Day Horseshoe Pin – Prototype ($110)

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1. St. Patrick’s Day “Pot of Gold” – Prototype ($150)

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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!!

National Guitar Day: Top 10 Most Valuable Hard Rock Café Pins on hobbyDB

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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.

Here are the Top-10 most valuable Hard Rock Café Guitar pins currently found on hobbyDB –


10. Black and Gold Large Plastic Double Neck Guitar w/ ST ($650)

This Double-Guitar “Opening Staff” style pin was created in 1989 and only distributed to staff members, including those at the Hard Rock Acapulco. They came with a rarity of just 1,000 made.

Hard Rock Cafe9. USA 3-D Skyline Series Framed Set ($770)

This collection takes the HRC USA Skyline Guitar Series and re-imagines them in gold, rather than the original silver. This framed set is one of 60 Official Framed sets found on hobbyDB.

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8. 14K White Gold Flying V Guitar with Ruby ($930)

A part of the Hard Rock Online Exclusives series, only five of these pins were produced between 2004 and 2005. The classic Flying V style pin was packaged in a lacquered red maple box with a COA.

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7. 14K Gold Guitar ($1,000)

The 14K Gold Guitar featured white gold with a blue sapphire gemstone. The pin was originally given to select flight attendants as part of a Hard Rock Café program that sold meals aboard flights.

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6. No Name Les Paul – White Logo Prototype ($1,000)

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.

Read more about the history of their creation here.

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5. 14K Gold Flying V Guitar with Diamond ($1,000)

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.

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4. Africa Shaped Guitar with “Live Aid” ($1,200)

This sterling silver pin is shaped like the African continent to commemorate the 1985 Live Aid concert. It most recently sold for $1,200 in February of 2018.

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3. Place Guitar Series Prototype ($1,400)

The Place Guitar Series Prototype is a rare set of six pins that’s exclusive to the Specialized Local Café Series, specifically Hard Rock Café Berlin.

With a $1,400 estimated value, this collection closely trails No. 2 on the list, which conveniently happens to be…

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2. Place Guitar Series 1 Prototype ($1,800)

Arriving a year later in 2014, this prototype set was released exclusively at an event at the Hard Rock Café Berlin.

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1. Jeweled – Breast Cancer Awareness Guitar ($5,125)

What’s the Hard Rock Café Guitar pin that’s laying down the sweetest riff? That would be the Jeweled – Breast Cancer Awareness Guitar.

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.

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Make sure to peruse hobbyDB’s entire Hard Rock Café database by following the highlighted link, as well as close to 380 Hard Rock Cafe subject pages.

Celebrating the New Year with our Favorite hobbyDB Sellers, including Legion M


Christmas has come and gone with 2020 following right behind it.

We’d like to start the new year by taking a look at some of our favorite sellers, including our good friends and partners over at Legion M.

Still have some holiday money left over? Perhaps that perfect gift is still out there.

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Legion M kicks off the New Year with deals on some great items dedicated to iconic films ranging from Jay and Silent Bob to Nicolas Cage’s “Mandy,” and much, much more. Peruse the entire Legion M shop here.

Goblin Good Plush

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Mooby the Golden Calf Plush

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Mandy Chainsaw Scene

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Fettbob1 Marketplace

With 80 likes and more than 515 items to choose from, there’s a good chance that the Fettbob1 marketplace has that Funko Pop! figure that you’ve been searching for.


KMJ Diecast

KMJ Diecast is the ultimate garage for diecast cars with more than 14,000 items for sale at 53 percent off!!

55 Chevy Panel Hot Wheels

Guille HRC

Take your Hard Rock Cafe collection global with more than 4,000 pins on sale via the Guille HRC marketplace!

Hard Rock CafeWhat kind of items would you like to see us blog about and highlight on social media? Let us know in the comments below.

If interested in joining the hobbyDB squad to help assign prices, add items and much more, let us know by messaging us at support@hobbyDB.com.


500K! Hooray! hobbyDB Reaches Database Milestone for Items Added


We have a mantra here at hobbyDB that we like to repeat. It humbly boasts “over 100 billion collectibles…eventually.”

And while the road ahead of us toward documenting every collectible ever made is a long one, we’ve proudly reached a milestone in our mission by adding the 500,000th database entry page to the hobbyDB database!

That’s half a million different collectibles from brands and franchises such as Hot Wheels, Funko and Hard Rock Cafe pins. And more. So much more.

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The Hard Rock Cafe Pin community is alive and strong on hobbyDB with close to 78,600 pins — roughly 29,000 of which are dedicated to guitars. The best part is that more pins arrive in the database daily.

A few of our favorite Hard Rock Cafe Pins –

Madrid FC Parry Red Les Paul Prototype – As we stated above, what would the Hard Rock Café be without its guitars? And no one says rock ‘n roll better than the legendary Les Paul.

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Jewel – Breast Cancer Awareness Guitar – The HRC joins the battle against cancer with this one-of-a-kind diamond-laden guitar pin by famed jeweler Michael Greene. Estimated hobbyDB value? $5,130,00.

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30th Anniversary HRC Letter “F” Pin 11 of 12 – 

The pin that got it all started on hobbyDB from the 30th Anniversary Letter and Musician series.

Hard Rock CafeHot Wheels / Diecast

Diecast cars have always been at the heart of hobbyDB, accounting for 35 percent of our database. These days, you’ll find close to 49,000 Hot Wheels items alone on hobbyDB.

A few of our favorite Hot Wheels –

Redline Watermelon Overchrome Open Hood Scoop – If you have one of these in your collection, you could be $75,000 richer (but then there might be only one!).


Magirus-Deutz 6-Wheel Crane Truck – Rare diecast models aren’t reserved for Hot Wheels alone. This Matchbox has sold for as much as $13,000.


1969 Firebird Trans-Am – The first Hot Wheels we added to the hobbyDB database! This Sizzler came in nine variants.

1969 Firebird


Our Funko database is home to 22,940 items ranging from Pop! figures to Wacky Wobblers and everything else in between from the vinyl masters out of Everett, Washington.

Familiar with the Funko app? Our partnership with Funko provides the valuations for all items in the Funko app, with more prices added every day.

A few of our favorite Funko items –

Clockwork Orange (Glow in the Dark) – Our most valuable Pop! figure with an estimated value of $13,300.

Clockwork Orange

Chewbacca Bobble-Head – The first Funko item we ever added to hobbyDB / Pop Price Guide!

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Frankenberry (Glow in the Dark) – You’ll find close to 2,500 convention exclusives from the likes of San Diego and New York to Emerald City and beyond, dating back to 2012.Frankenberry

But wait, there’s more!

Action Comics No. 1 – The very first appearance of Superman.


Han Solo (Big Head) – From A New Hope to The Last Jedi, we’ve added 4,780 Star Wars items to hobbyDB.

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Yoo-Hoo Big Energy Boost! Says Yogi Berra – 

Yogi says a lot of great things, several of which can be found on the more than 15,300 print ads in the hobbyBD database.


James Bond Ford Mustang Mach 1 – This Corgi Toys item was the first ever been added to the hobbyDB Database. We’ve come a long way.


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Here’s how you can help as we turn the corner towards one million items by becoming a member of our squad of volunteers. 

We’re always looking for enthusiasts like you to help curate subjects and add items, as well as assign prices and more.

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