Mike's Hard Rock Cafe World\\\
Welcome to my little place on the web for pin collecting
You could say that my first interest in Hard Rock Cafe began in the early 1990's when my supervisor would visit many worldwide cities due to his line of work. I always asked him to pick up a tee-shirt if he had the time as I thought it would be nice to have a collection of the various locations he visited & a few years later I visited my first cafe in Atlanta in the spring of 1993. Now everytime a friend would travel I would ask them to pick up a shirt for me. After a few years I had a decent tee-shirt collection w/hopes of visiting more cafes on my own to increase my new hobby. It wasn't until the late 90's that I noticed that each cafe had it's own guitar pins available. As I traveled the USA on job interviews I made sure to stop by the local cafe & pick up some pins as a token of my visit.
It wasn't until 1998 that the interest of picking up pins became an obsession as my local Cleveland Hard Rock Cafe opened & I realized through the internet that were worldwide pin collectors out there! I would make repeated trips to my cafe picking up pins/shots/shirts for myself & others as I tried to get more involved in this hobby. For the first 6 months or so I tried to collect every pin from every cafe that was issued but I quickly realized that I couldn't afford it so I concentrated on just guitars. I came across the First Edition of the Pin Collectors Guide from 1996 & decided that I was going to collect pins from this guide as it mostly contained guitars. Since then I have chased these older pins for I feel they are the backbone of what this hobby is today & my website for the most part reflects this. Even today I am still looking for early pins from London, Tokyo, Stockholm & Reykjavik to name a few locations. I try to keep up to date on all First Anniversary/Staff pins & keep my eye out for those classic horizontal Les Pauls & old city guitars to name a few. I try to keep this site current but w/new locations openings, pins being traded & my wishlist constantly growing it can be tough.
If you see something from my trader list or have some pins (few to a collection) that I am looking for please feel free to send me an email. Lets help one another!!
Today I live in the greater Los Angeles area where I am close to Hollywood & Palm Springs. I have met many great people in this hobby from online trading or just meeting them at events such as Pinsanity or making road trips from cafe to cafe.
PinSanity 2015: (left to right) Willie Schmidlin, Dave Nathan, Jim Haron, Myself, Scott Stewart, Mike Terrill, Mark Zeoli, Roger Lemke & Chaz Brunton.
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