Tuesday, September 05, 2006

King of the World

Inside the Dodgers lets us know that James Loney is the winner of the 2006 Minor League Batting Title with an average of .380. This isn't for only AAA or AA. This title is for the entire Minor League Baseball system. He has had an unbelievable year! Congrats!

I hope that this foreshadows what we might expect in the future.

Picture Link via Flickr: dnova (To note: the photo above appears to be from Spring Training at the Washington Nationals training facility in Melbourne, FL. Check out more of dnova's pics of the Dodgers in Spring Training by clicking the link above.)

eBay Find: Reading Giants Vintage Postcard

Above is a vintage real photo postcard of a Black Baseball team called the Reading Giants. It was recently sold on eBay over the Labor Day weekend holiday. No doubt this is a rare and possibly one-of-a-kind Baseball item. Also, considering it sold for $555.82 should tell you how rare this really is.

I had made an early bid on the postcard with the hopes of returning to the auction when it was nearing completion. My hope was that it would be missed by deeper pocket bidders. Unfortunately, as you can see, the deeper pockets showed up. Wow!

Once in awhile you can find some bargains on eBay- especially if an item is poorly labeled or listed poorly. For instance, this item was placed solely in the postcard categories. This could have been disastrous for the Seller. He should have also placed it in the Baseball card category for pre-1930's vintage Baseball cards. The seller may have gotten even more for the postcard. Fortunately, the seller still made out pretty good.
A important item to note when trying to date real photo postcards is the pay close attention to the stamp box on the back of the card. Check out the photo above for the back of the Black Baseball team postcard. Unfortunately, the photo is a little hazy. The design on the top right of the back of the postcard will provide a unique design to the postcard maker. If you check closely on the auction you will see a very typical AZO stamp back with triangles pointed upwards on all 4 corners. This is a dead give away for postcards made from 1904-1918. Check here for a database of real photo postcard stamp boxes.

A Dodger Video Break with Jeff Kent

Imagine being 5 years old at a baseball game with a cap on your head and your teams uniform around your shoulders. Now, Imagine getting a chance to run out onto the field and then getting a "High 5" from second baseman Jeff Kent. Watch below as we get to experience just that. Being Dayton Diaz for a moment.


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On a side note: Whoever thought of the idea of having the kids run out onto the field before game time deserves a medal. What a great idea and tradition.