Top Ten List

September 7, 2013

The Late Show has nothing on us…

For those checking back here, wait no more – here is the Top Ten List of HRC Shotglasses as voted on by you!

  1. Bristol Bar
  2. Taichung
  3. Antwerp
  4. Stockholm Red Letter Mistake (Misspelled “Stockolm”)
  5. Surfers Paradise Metallic (Set of 4)
  6. Tel Aviv
  7. Montreal Gold
  8. On-Line Island Guitar 2009
  9. Ankara
  10. Catania City 2004

Honorable mention goes to Newport Beach City 2005, which missed the cut by 4 votes but came in at a respectable 49% of votes.  Next tied for 12th with 43% of the votes:  Las Vegas Hotel Yellow Spade 777 and Sentosa Red Circle Private Function 2010 shots.

Now on to the fun questions:

36% of voters picked Bristol Bar to come in at #1 and 76% of people voted for it!

The choice for the shot that wasn’t up for consideration was pretty widespread but in the end, 21% of people thought Tijuana Red Circle should have been given a chance, with the runner-up being Manila at 18%.  I would have thought Manila would have come out a head but then, I didn’t vote for either shot!

It was interesting to see the voting breakdown between various collectors reflecting the favorites, hard to get and prized possessions!  I am personally missing 4 on this list so I know many of us will be competing for the same trade or purchase down the road!  Thanks to all that voted for this list!

Here’s to your favorite chaser!  Cheers!


Northeast Regional Collector’s Event!

March 25, 2012


If you can’t make Hollywood because you can’t get a cheap flight from back East, well there’s a event coming up in Niagara Falls, NY!  Although we will miss you in Hollywood this week here are the details:

HRC Niagara Falls, NY – June 08 – 10, 2012

Hosting the first ever Northeast Regional Collector’s Event!  Although physically located at the Niagara Falls, NY cafe, this will be co-hosted by HRC Baltimore, Boston, Foxwoods, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Washington, DC!  Talk about a convergence of cafes!

And what great news – there will be a shot glass as part of the event! Although the registration page says GLASSES so there may be more than one!

NEW NEWS:  According to sources close to the event there will be 8 – that’s E-I-G-H-T – shot glasses released at this event.  There will be 1 for each cafe and then 1 shot with all the pin designs on it.  So save your pennies girls and boys – this event is going to help stock your bar with glassware!  Apparently 144 were made of each shot.

For the all collectors, the 7 cafes will also be releasing new pins and favorite city specific collectables!

For more information – check out the registration page:


Welcome to H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D!

January 29, 2012

Ok, well this is overdue.  If you haven’t been reading the event information on the Yahoo group, here’s the gist:

UPDATE:  Attendance is free!  See below for additional event information.

Registration is open at:

The Hollywood Swaparazzi Event will be held Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1.

The schedule is:

Friday, March 30 from 6 pm to 9 pm  – Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd.

Shot Glass and Bear Collectors – be here!

6 – 9 pm Registration and package pickup

Meet and Greet with appetizers and cash bar

7:30 pm the shot glass will be released

9 – 11 pm Live entertainment / Rockeoke

Saturday, March 31 from 8 am – 4 pm – HRC Hollywood at Universal CityWalk

8:30 – 10 am Shake, Rattle and Roll Breakfast Buffet

10 am Pin Release

10 am – 4 pm Event Trading tables open

10 am – 3 pm Silent Auction /Ongoing Raffles

11 am – 11:30 am Presentation by APLA

4 pm Event ends for day

Sunday,  April 1 from 8 am – 2 pm HRC Hollywood at Universal CityWalk

8:30 – 10 am Shake, Rattle and Roll Breakfast Buffet

10 am Pin Release

10 am – 2 pm Trading Tables open

1 pm Raffle drawing

2:30 pm Event closes


The Event organizers have secured a discount at the Hilton Garden Inn on Highland Avenue for $149 a night.  Phone: 323-876-8600 and mention you are attending the HRC Hollywood Collectors’ Event to get the discount – book by March 9!

Alternatively, Priceline has never failed the group!

Pre-Event Party for Thursday, March 29 at 6  – 8 pm will be held at Buffalo Wild Wings in Burbank .  If you’re coming, please RSVP with Paul Hillgren.

We also looking at plans to attend a NHL Anaheim hockey game, road trip to San Diego as well as taking in the sights of LA and Hollywood… maybe even a stop at Sprinkles Cupcakes Bakery!  It’s a jam-packed weekend so hope you can make it!



Event time!

September 2, 2011

So here we are, only a few days away from PinSanity 7!  Looking forward to meeting up with all the collectors.

Just a few reminders:

  • Meet and Greet Reception is Tuesday, Sept 6 starts at 5 pm.
  • Shot Glass Collector Party is Wednesday, Sept 7 starts at 6 pm.
  • HRC Strip Breakfast Buffet is Thursday, Sept 8 starts at 8:30 am
  • HRC Paradise/Harmon Breakfast Buffet is Friday, Sept 9 at 9 am

If you’re just attending the Shot Glass Collector Party, it’s free to attend.  If you want to participate in the other activities (including selling and trading) you will need to buy a ticket at!

After the event, some of us are driving down to the Phoenix cafe and expect to be there on Friday, Sept 9 at 7:30 pm.  We’re hoping others can join us so if you’re wanting to meet up with us, let me know by email (below).  There will be fireworks later that night after the ballgame so expect it to be a busy night downtown (read:  scarce pricey parking!) but I hope you’ll still join us.

On Saturday, Sept 10 we are invited to a pool party at Karen T.’s house.  If you’re in Phoenix and want to meet up with us for that, let me know by email (below) and I will provide more details to you.

After the pool party we’re heading to the ballpark to see the Diamondbacks!  It’s a World Series 10th anniversary night complete with an intro to the World Series team before the game and a replica ring to the first 10,000 fans!!

Anyway, I can’t wait to hit the slots, the pool and meet up with everyone.  Thanks to the Las Vegas Strip Cafe for inviting the shot glass group to the event – going to be a blast!


Denise – let me know if you’re coming!

Meet you in the Capital!

July 19, 2011


If you’re heading to DC for the Pindependence Event this weekend, you’re sure to have a blast!  There will be 4 (yes, that’s FOUR) event shot glasses and 1 exclusive shot glass as part of a 4 fairy pin set.  Going to be hard to get so make sure you pick yours up!

Make sure to say hi to Floyd for me while you’re there.  For a list of the event activities, see below.




Washington, DC GM AJ Laban and the incredible staff of the DC Hard Rock Cafe want to give you an experience this July that you’ll never forget! Join them the weekend of July 22nd for Pindependence 2011! A pin collectors’ event proudly sponsored by the Hard Rock Cafe Pin Collectors’ Club and the Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC!

This is one event you don’t want to miss!

Schedule of Events:

Friday – July 22nd
6:00PM – 12:00AM

6:00PM – 9:00PM – Welcome Reception (Including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a signature cocktail)
7:30PM – Pin & Bear Prototype Live Auction to benefit Flight 93 National Memorial (
10:00PM – 12:00AM – Riverboat Cruise on the Potomac to see the sights under the moonlight.
Saturday – July 23rd
9:00AM – 4:00PM

9:00AM – Breakfast Buffet with omelet station
10:00AM – Live Auction to benefit Flight 93 National Memorial (
11:00AM – 4:00PM – Pin Trading Floor Opens (Mezzanine level reserved for pin traders)
11:00AM – 2:00PM – Silent Auction to benefit Flight 93 National Memorial (
4:00PM – Pindependence event concludes

Charity Information:

Hard Rock’s 2nd Annual Pindependence pin collectors’ event will benefit the Flight 93 National Memorial. On September 24, 2002, Congress passed the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit For information on how to support the building of the memorial, go to Please donate generously to help this great organization.

Registration is open for PinSanity 7!

June 10, 2011

If you’re ready to ROCK IT and clink glasses with your fellow shot collectors in Las Vegas, well, tickets to PinSanity 7 are now available on-line.

Packages are as follows:

$35 General Admission includes:

  • Meet & Greet Party / Buffet on Sept 6
  • Shot Glass Party on Sept 7
  • Breakfast Buffet on Sept 8
  • Event laminate and pin

$50 VH1 Charity Pin Package includes:

  • Meet & Greet Party / Buffet on Sept 6
  • Shot Glass Party on Sept 7
  • Breakfast Buffet on Sept 8
  • Event laminate and pin
  • VH1 Save the Music Charity Pin

$75 Dealer Package includes:

  • 6 ft Dealer table for Wednesday and Thursday Sept 6/7
  • Meet & Greet Party / Buffet on Sept 6
  • Shot Glass Party on Sept 7
  • Breakfast Buffet on Sept 8
  • Event laminate and pin
  • Dealer Pin

So get that credit card out and go buy your tickets!  Hope to see you there!!

Click here for tickets:!


Denise & Paul

Ready to Party?

June 6, 2011

For all of you holding out until you saw the Shot Glass Collector group evening appear on the HRC Las Vegas PinSanity 7 schedule… well you can finally stop holding your breath and book your flights!

We’re in Baby!  We’re going to Vegas (told you so)!

Here’s the break down of the schedule (as currently posted, subject to changes):

Tuesday, September 6 – Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip

3 pm to 5 pm – Event Pre-Registration

5 pm to 6 pm – Meet and Greet Reception with cocktails

6 pm to 7 pm – Buffet

7 pm – 1rst Pin Release

8 pm to 9 pm – Get ready for Tuesday

Wednesday, September 7 – Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip

9 am – Dealer Registration and set-up

10 am to 5 pm – Buy, sell and trade

5 pm to 6 pm – Live Auction

6 pm to 9 pm – SHOT GLASS COLLECTOR PARTY, shot glass released

Thursday, September 8 – Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip

8:30 am to 10 am – HRC Breakfst Buffet

10 am to 5 pm – Dealer set-up and Buy, sell and trade

11 am to 12 pm – Order lunch

5 pm to 6 pm – Raffles and Auction

Friday, September 9 – Hard Rock Cafe Paradise and Harmon

9 am – Monthly pin meeting/breakfast buffet 

Hope to see you there!  Cheers!


Las Vegas or Bust, Baby!

March 25, 2011

ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?!  Have you been practising your tequila shots?  I hope so because we will be heading to Las Vegas for the 2011 Shot Event.

After a few missteps, we are going to head to Las Vegas for the PinSanity event.   This is an annual rocking event, put on by the Las Vegas cafes that is one of the best events that HR does.  Hope you can join us!

Now this is being announced to get out the dates so people can make plans.  To be clear, there are some details that we are not able to share at present ‘cuz they are not finalized.  However for everyone that is in need of booking time off, hotels, flights etc… here’s the basic info that we can share.  The rest will come out – *stay tuned here* – when it’s official.

Las Vegas PinSanity is September 6th, 7th and 8th – hosted by the HRC on the Strip!

If you’re interested in hanging out with group members longer than the 3 days, there will be a road trip to Phoenix, following the PinSanity event.  It is approximately a 4 hour drive, we will hit the cafe in Phoenix as well as a Diamondbacks baseball game.  We will be staying overnight and then heading back to Las Vegas, via the world’s biggest ditch (Grand Canyon).  So if you’re game for the road trip, plan accordingly (head home on Sunday).  More details on this road trip to follow as well as who to contact if you want to be part of the caravan, group baseball game tickets etc…  If enough people are interesting in the road trip, Phoenix may become the official Post Event.  Again, more details to follow.



Event news 2011

February 12, 2011

Ok, so the first piece of business is that the 2011 Shot Event that was slated for 2 cafes in California has not worked out.  We are seeking an alternative venue and as soon as we have something, it’ll be posted here.

On to other events, these are upcoming events.  I am looking for confirmation on whether or not shot glasses will be released but will update this post as the info comes in.

**I’ll note it here to be clear:  I fit states a shot is going to be released, the Cafes fully intend to have shots and this was confirmed with the cafe.  However, if it happens that there are quality issues or the shots don’t arrive – don’t shoot the messenger.  The shot group is not involved in ordering the shots. **

I was in Toronto for a day in January and got to meet and chat with the retail staff.  Great bunch of people!  Best news was that the Toronto cafe will be hosting their first ever official pin event on April 22 to 24thA shot glass has been designed and ordered for the event. Woot!  Registration is expected for this event.

Spring in Berlin is normally in May.  I don’t have dates and a shot glass release is not typical.

Chicago’s Pindy City event is June 17 and 18.  No shot confirmed yet.

Washington, DC – always great to the pin and shot glass collectors – will be hosting the Pindependence event,  July 22 – 23.  The DC GM normally has at least 1 shot glass but has spoiled us with multiple in the past so I will get this confirmed asap.

Las Vegas – PinSanity should be September 6 – 8 Always at least 1 shot glass.

So mark your calendars and get your traders ready!



Event 2010 Charity Wrap Up

July 27, 2010

Here is the breakdown of what we were able to raise for charity during the 2010 Florida event.

We raised approximately…
$1000 for the Joe DiMaggio Childrens’ Hospital.

I didn’t get an exact figure but that is what the cafe estimated our event raised which was included in the check with other fundraising for that period to the hospital.  I do know it included:

$165 in raffle Friday @ HWD-FL
around $200 in the 2 live auctions Friday
just over $100 for the 4 silent auctions Saturday @ MIA
plus the silent auctions Friday (I didn’t get this subtotal)

We raised…
$701 for the Vitas Hospice in memory of Andy Juhl.

I was hoping to be able to recover the poster for the event (it was on the easel entering the HWD-FL cafe) and make an additional donation for it; but, it has not been found and the possibility of having another one made to “auction” has not materialized. The breakdown goes…
$245 in raffle Thursday at the pre-party
$153 in silent auction Thursday
$303 for the buttons made by Denise

Thank you to Denise for designing/making the buttons. Thank you to Lois, Paul and Carmen for selling the buttons at the event.

Thank you to all that helped in the funraising and fundraising,