Friday, August 31, 2007
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I don't remember Rick Monday being a sports broadcaster for KTTV, but here he is from 1987.
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Check out this great 1950's Gillette razor commercial featuring Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella and Don Zimmer.
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Below is a funny jab at our newest rotund member of the pitching staff- David Wells.
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This is a great video of the Judy Garland show with special guest Leo Durocher.
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Thursday, August 30, 2007
Another piece I wanted to point out is the below photograph featuring Roy Campanella's 1952 All-Star Barnstorming Negro League Team, complete with autographs. Players include Campanella, Leon Day, Lary Doby, Hank Thompson, Monte Irvin, recent HOF'er Alex Pompez and others. Unfortunately, the photo is very worn, but would still look great on the wall.
A Student at Hilliard tricked unsuspecting fans from Darby into holding up squares of black or white paper to spell out the words, "We Suck." Check out the video below.
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Welcome to the Blue Esteban!
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The rarity of this volume is as a result of the type of printing within the book. The paper is highly acidic and extremely cheap / poor quality newspaper stock. As a result, very few examples exist today. This particular historic piece sold for an incredible $3,195.99.
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Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Dodgers are trying to find rest for Russel Martin, but they're doing a bad job of it. An interesting thought--is there a "catch count" or some kind of innings limit on catchers?Does Russell need some rest time? Are the Dodgers neglecting their future star by not forcing him to sit on the bench from time to time? Can we afford to bench him considering the playoff race we are currently in?
On top of that, I see that in today's game the Dodger have chosen to sit one of their hottest hitters today, Andre Ethier. Why is he not playing regularly? Has he not earned a starting outfield job?
Sit Gonzo and play Ethier. It is time to move towards the future.
I love how the team is shaping up. Kemp and Ethier in the outfield corners. James Loney at first base. Russell Martin is our catcher. Billingsley is now one of our top starters. Broxton is a potential closer. It is like watching an artist turn a sketch into a painting.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
With the Dodgers holding on for dear life in their quest for a playoff berth, how much longer can they afford to keep running the unreliable Tomko to the mound every fifth day?My answer: Any thought that he can be an effective 5 to 6 inning starter had been vacant from my mind months ago. He is just not getting it done. All I know is I never want to see that guy on the mound again this year.
Also, I have to wonder what Grady is thinking when he said,
What amazes me is that he still wears Dodger Blue. Unfortunately, with the injuries to Kuo, Schmidt and Wolf we have no choice.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Well, several Baseball collector blogs have been putting together list of potential submissions for Topps to consider in their future offerings of this widely popular card set. Check out Stale Gum's submission here. Cardboard Junkie has his own list with photo-shopped examples. Then, he updates it and includes the best suggestion of all- a "The Big Lebowski" card. All you have to do is use a photo from that whacked out dream sequence and title it "The Dude Abides."
It's brilliant I tell ya. Brilliant!
Lieberthal also contributes in less obvious ways. Perhaps the most important is that he is an experienced mentor and sounding board for Martin.
"We get along pretty well, and we're pretty close off the field," Lieberthal said. "I feel like I can pretty much tell him anything that is going to help him, and he is very receptive, and he has a good understanding. I don't think it's hard with Russ, because there isn't a whole lot you need to say to him."
Its been good to have him on board. Besides, any player who bleeds Blue and decides to come home to play for our team deserve our respect and admiration.
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Monday, August 20, 2007
Mastro Auction has lost a lot of luster in the eyes of many within the hobby. From reports of in-house shill bidding to their connections to a political scandal involving Tom Noe and coingate. Now, The Daily News reports that a purported Michael Jordan UNC warm-up jersey auctioned a couple of weeks ago during the National Convention has the FBI circling again.
The hangover from the event, however, just won't go away. One item, advertised as a Michael Jordan North Carolina warm-up shirt, sold for $11,000 even though questions had been raised about its authenticity well before the auction took place. Collectors cried foul on Game-Used Forum.com, a memorabilia Web site, and began investigating the shirt. Mastro Auctions voided the sale and sent the jersey back to the authentication service that raised the initial doubts for further review.The vintage game-used market has been in shambles due to the unscrupulousness of a handful of people. It makes it impossible to bid on any item that does not have great provenance.
But the controversy over the "Jordan" shirt appears far from over: It has added new pressure to calls for greater regulation and standards for the dog-eat-dog world of sports memorabilia. The shirt has also attracted the interest of the FBI, which as the Daily News reported last month, has already begun an investigation into business practices at Mastro Auctions, sports memorabilia's largest auction house.
With regards to Mastro's conduct I will say that they did the right thing by pulling the jersey, but they certainly need to be more forthcoming when questions arise regarding any items they have for sale. Playing hide the ball does not benefit Mastro's reputation.
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Saturday, August 18, 2007
Above and below is a 1 of 1, 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Cut Signature of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mother Teresa. This particular card sold on eBay a couple of days ago at $10,099.99.
Of special note: This card was pulled from a pack a couple of weeks ago at the 28th National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland by Dave and Adams Sportscards.
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Vintage Tobacco Tins.
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Todd McFarland shares his rare homerun ball collection.
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What ever happened to the "Mookie Ball." Check it out below.
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Following a night where he hit 3 doubles and recorded 2 RBI's, Jeff Kent started the scoring Friday evening with a solo homerun in the 2nd inning. Five more Dodgers would follow him with hits as the Dodgers sprinted to a 5-0 lead after two. The Dodgers have started to look alive these past three days and the results show. They have a three game winning streak having scored 6 runs in each game. The Dodgers have recorded a total of 29 hits that includes 9 doubles and 3 homeruns.
Eric Stults was masterful in his 7 innings last night. Broxton was sharp in his one inning. Proctor faltered a bit, giving up two runs, but the magic hands of Saito saved the day. He recorded his 32nd save of the year. The Dodgers won the game 6-4.
Once again hope is renewed as the Dodgers look ready to finish this marathon strong. Unfortunately, as with any season, questions still remain. Will the pitching staff stay off the injured list? Can our hitters remain consistent? Can our rookies come through in the stretch?
I just hope it isn't too late. We are 6 1/2 games out of first and 2 1/2 games behind in the wild card race. 40 games are left in the season and time is getting short. All I know is that I'm crossing my fingers and praying to the great Dodger in the sky.
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A Blue Heaven Sleepover! Below is video from this years second annual event.
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A Martin Tribute.
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The Pavilion Pimps invade San Francisco.
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Below is a link to a promo video for a documentary about The Duke.
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Thursday, August 16, 2007
The Dodgers need to do this. I would love to have a baseball card featuring Vin Scully. I would even keep a Rick Monday, Steve Lyons and Charley Steiner cards in my collection. On the other hand, we can do what the the Mets fans did.
It started around the fifth inning, what looked like confetti falling from the upper decks by left field. Then more fell. And more. By the eighth inning, everyone in the stadium had the itch, because they had discovered that the SNY baseball cards fluttered in the hot New York air like ticker tape after a World Series win. The PA announcer had to warn everyone to not throw anything from the stands on to the field, or the game would be delayed. Of course few cards made it to the field, most just fluttered down to the field level seats.So who would you select to be thrown into the wild Blue yonder?
Probably the most interesting thing was that the fans were being very selective about who they threw over the railing. The Trifecta of Mets game announcers, Ron Darling, Gary Cohen, and Keith Hernandez, as well as legendary player/announcer Ralph Kiner seemed to, for the most part, be spared the indignity of having their cardboard alter-egos hurled out of the stands. The lesser watched SNY talent did not have that privilege. Miniature Julie Donaldsons, Matt Yallofs, Lee Mazzillis and Kevin Burkhardts were everywhere, with only an occasional recognizable face thrown in (probably by Braves fans).
You can have the Steiner, I'm keeping the Scully!
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Then, something happened. That something is something I don't think I can appropriately describe. Yesterday was like a brand new day. It was a different day. Our players came out with more gusto. They had the look of a team that may be down, but they certainly were not out.
Our staff ace, Brad Penny, came roaring back with an efficient and commendable 6 inning performance. Our relief staff (Proctor, Broxton, Saito) pitched 3 scoreless innings. They combined for one walk, one hit and four strike outs. Our bats, from young to old, suddenly came back to life.
Juan Pierre has been on fire. Russell Martin snapped out of his mid-season funk to crank out two homers. Kemp looked like he is ready to get out of his slump. Gonzo got two hits. Everything appears to be working itself out.
Will this last? I hope so. After all, at this point in the season all we have left is hope.
If you are in the market be sure to keep your eye on the ball. As always, hope for the best, but always be prepared for the worse.
"The current crisis is the result of the normal ebb and flows of credit cycles, and the free market will amply handle the correction that is already happening. Calls for Federal Reserve intervention or for other governmental involvement -- including an increase of the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac lending limits -- must be rejected.
In the free market, those that made bad credit decisions must be allowed to pay the price, and only by paying dearly can lessons truly be learned. Borrowers who were unwitting and took on too much debt must learn that there are consequences for their actions. Homebuilders that built too many homes or overpaid for land need to face the consequences. Wall Street firms that provided credit to all of these activities with too much laxity must also pay a price. This is all part of a healthy correction.
All of these players reaped benefits during the housing boom that preceded the current crisis. Certain homeowners were able to temporarily live above their means. Homebuilder and bank profits have been exorbitant, and shareholders and executives of these companies have profited mightily in the boom. To not permit losses now would be a direct violation of the free-market ideals at the foundation of our economy."
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Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Unfortunately, it is hard to say if he is a step up from our previous left handed bench hitter Marlon Anderson. Considering this trade, why did we let Marlon walk?
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A near set (96 of 97) of T215 Pirates Cigarettes Baseball Set sold for $800,000.00 (or $960,000.00 including a 20% buyers premium). This easily ranks as one of the most expensive sets ever sold.
Below is another incredible item. It is a 1897 Page Fence Giants Negro League Team Card that sold for $16,000.00 ($19,200 with premium).
I'll let the auction description explain the historical importance of the piece,
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J. Wallace Page, the founder and owner of the Page Woven Wire Fence Company of Adrian, Michigan forged the all-black Page Fence Giants in 1894, doing so without any official league affiliation. The independent team's history would be brief (1894-1898) but enormously significant. As one of the elite African-American teams of its era, the Page Fence Giants played their first game on April 9, 1895 and traveled by train in a private custom-made railroad car featuring sleeping quarters, a cook (who also pitched), and a porter. This mode of transportation not only promoted the team and its sponsor but also avoided any "issues" with segregated public hotels and restaurants. The players were organized by Bud Fowler and Grant "Home Run" Johnson. Selecting men for both physical talents and social skills, this was no group of hard-drinking, uneducated social malcontents—terms that could describe some white ball players of the time. In fact, the team boasted no fewer than five college graduates. Never playing as the "home" team, the Giants appeared in more than 100 different towns, compiling a record of 118-36-2.
In 1896, Charlie Grant replaced Fowler at second base. The Page Fence Giants claimed honors as the top team in black baseball by beating the Cuban Giants 10 games to 5. The next season, the Giants went 125-12 fueled by an astounding 82 consecutive wins. Sadly, the 1898 tour was the club's last, sending the players to other teams including the newly formed Chicago Columbia Giants for the 1899 season.
As one can imagine, items from this era—the infancy of organized African-American baseball—are few, and they're rightfully treated as cherished mementos. The clearly identified subjects date this precious relic to the 1896-1898 era; an exact date is impossible to ascertain. The team roster includes Geo. Taylor, Geo. Wilson, Grant "Home Run" Johnson, Joe Miller, "Billy" Holland, A.S. Parsons (manager), Pete Burns, Fred Van Dyke, Wm. Binga, Chas. Grant and Vasco Graham along with an assortment of early baseball gear.
No premium auction is complete without a T206 Wagner coming up for sale.
This example in poor condition sold for $160,000.00 ($192,000.00 with premium).
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Some of you may remember a post I made in May about a recent find concerning the origins of the W555 Baseball card set. It sold at the auction for $23,000 ($27,600.00 with premium).
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Below is a CDV featuring the 1875 Hartford Blue Stockings featuring Candy Cummings, the inventor of the curveball. This card sold for $17,000.00 ($20,400.00 with premium).
The auction description is below:
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The 1875 Hartford Blue Stockings, or the "Dark Blues" (or, even more simply, "the Blues"), finished a respectable second in the final campaign of the National Association at 54-28, edging out Philadelphia by one game. (This was an era when total wins was the determining factor, not the won-lost percentage.) The downside was found in the fact that they were still 17 wins behind Harry Wright's champion Boston Red Stockings, which posted a phenomenal 71-8 record. The Hartford team's failure to overtake their rivals was not due to any lack of trying, particularly on the part of one of the most important figures in 19th Century baseball, Hartford's leading pitcher William Arthur "Candy" Cummings (1848-1924). Candy, so called because his pitching was as "sweet as candy," enjoyed his finest year in 1875 for the Blues. He went 35-12 for the season with an ERA of 1.60. His fellow pitcher Tommy Bond had a good season too, winning 19 and losing 16. But even the combined wins of both Hartford hurlers couldn't beat Al Spalding's brilliant 55-5 season total for Boston. Cummings went on to post a great won-lost percentage the following season, as well, but it would prove to be his last as a player.
Hartford's ace is credited with inventing the curve ball and would have probably been awarded a place in Cooperstown based just on that fact. However, it should also be remembered that it was only two years after this photograph was taken when Cummings assumed the position of president of the first Minor League circuit—the International League. It seems probable that Cummings' 1939 election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame is due as much to his status as a pioneer baseball executive as to his creative pitches in his playing years. Still, despite his importance to the early history of the game, images of Cummings are extremely rare, with only a handful known to exist. This carte-de-visite is one of the only career-contemporary views of the player ever discovered, presenting its magnificent recording of Cummings in uniform with the 1875 Hartfords. Clear and very clean, this sepia team photo possesses excellent contrast, making it all the easier to locate the diminutive Cummings as the player standing in the center of the rear row.
Below is video showing off some of the Mastro Auction items displayed at the National Convention.
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Thursday, August 02, 2007
Below, Trainer Doc Wendler is working on Erkine's right arm the day before his opening game start in the 1953 World Series against the hated Yankees.
This is the best photo of the lot. Erskine, sporting a rifle in hand and a dead duck in the other, shows off his kills to his wife. She doesn't look too pleased. Also, do you think he actually went hunting with a Dodger cap on?
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
For an excellent biography of this 19th Century catcher check out this story on Dodger Thoughts.
BTW, it was common with Baseball cards from this era to have many spelling mistakes. Hence, Dailey's name is spelled Daley on the above 1887-88 Old Judge N172 Baseball card.
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These were Johan Santana's words Tuesday after the non-waiver trade deadline passed without another trade: "I'm not surprised. That's exactly how they are. That's why we're never going to go beyond where we've gone"...This guy wants to win. So, I ask, who would you trade for Johan?
"I've been here for eight years, and I've seen a lot of those kind of things," he said. "I've seen a lot of those guys [like Castillo] come in and leave. [The decision makers] don't care. They always talk about caring about it; I don't think they care.
"Because if you're always talking about having young players -- that's the philosophy the team has, and I respect all that -- but it's been proven that it's not enough to go all the way to the World Series"...
"I never give up," Santana said. "Me, personally, I never give up. It's over when the last game of the season's over. I don't know how these guys upstairs think. I'm expecting everybody else to do their jobs and help us win games because I've been so close to being in the World Series.
When I think about it, Santana might be the only guy I would consider trading Kershaw for. Ethier, Hu, Kemp, Loney, Laroche, Abreu, Young, Meleon, Broxton and Orenduff would not be untouchables. He is that good. In fact, there are very few untouchable young Dodgers I would not trade for him.
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Over the past several days he has collected numerous questions from the fans to pass along to LA Kings TV color commentator and former player Jimmy Fox. Knowing what a great all-around guy Fox is he was happy to answer every question. In fact, he wrote so much Hammond broke up the interview into 4 parts.
My favorite story from Fox is below.
From Patrick: Jim, what was the worst pummeling you got in a game? I know this wasn't your role, but perhaps you have a memory of a game that got particularly out of control.Story Link: Inside the Kings:
Jim Fox: You're right...that wasn't my role...thank God...as far as I can remember, I was only involved in 2 situations where I received 5 minutes for fighting and I don't think I threw a punch in either case.
The hardest I was hit is easy to remember now, but at the time, I has no idea what had happened...it was game at the Great Western Forum...I had the puck behind Buffalo's net and tried to bring it to the front...well Mike Foligno had other ideas...he lowered his shoulder and hit me full speed right in the jaw...I went spinning into the air and when I landed I had no idea where I was...I was never unconscious, but I was out of it...I do remember being on all fours on the ice...I looked around and it was all fuzzy...I said to myself, I know I can't get up, so just stay where you are
and Pete (Pete Demers, Kings trainer) will come and help you...that's exactly what happened...the next thing a knew I was sitting on the Kings bench with about 12 minutes remaining on the clock (1st period)...the next thing I knew, I was looking at the clock and there was about 2 minutes remaining...I leaned over to Dave Taylor on the bench and told Dave I thought the clock was broken...Dave then went to get Pete and he immediately took me to the dressing room...what I wasn't aware of was that I played 3 shifts that I couldn't remember then and still can't remember...then I remember taking a shower and then I was talking to the doctor but didn't remember anything about how I got in and out of the shower...the doctor asked me some questions about what I had to eat for pre-game meal that day...how I got to the arena...I couldn't remember a thing...I was diagnosed with a slight concussion and missed about 3 days...not a fun time, but something I will always remember...I think?
Inflation, Deflation, Recession... Where are we headed? What does it all mean? What can we reasonably forecast?
All of these issues give me a big headache. I guess you can say that I'm still in the process of trying to understand some of the basics, while, at the same time, trying to apply it to the real world. As a primer I thought I would add the following from the Agonist blog who is asking the same questions.
And so on.. and so on. Are we anywhere near this scenario? I don't think so, but cautious optimism should be your guiding light. As they say in the market, "there are only two emotions on Wall Street: fear and greed." Right now there appears to be a healthy dose of fear to go around.
I’m no economist. But I live at the mercy of the economy, so I read quite a bit on the subject with hopes of learning a thing or two. Understanding the causes for inflation was relatively simple concept for me to grasp. With an ever-increasing supply of money and shortages of essential elements, higher prices are inevitable.
It started when lending institutions loaned money to people on no-money-down, adjustable-rate-mortgages for homes and real estate, and in so doing created a buying frenzy. Good sales created competition and drove up real-estate prices. As values for real-estate grew in what was really a stagnant economy when looked at just from the standpoint of producing and selling products, people took out additional equity loans. Real-estate outpaced other goods in value for a number of consecutive years—somewhere around 15% per year. This could not go on forever. And it hasn’t.
Now interest rates have risen; mortgage payments are re-setting at higher numbers and people are not earning enough money at their job to make payments. Gas and food prices, not included in the government’s inflation rate numbers, are on the rise at an exponential rate.
Then they put the house up for sale. But it doesn’t sell. So they lower the price. And it still doesn’t sell. Money they thought they had in equity vanishes into thin air. At some point, they owe more on the house than it is worth.
Home owners can’t keep the job if they don’t have gas, and everyone must eat. The credit card is essential for these expenditures, so it gets paid before the house payment. With time, the home owner gets farther and farther behind. The day comes when the bank forecloses. The home-owner walks away from the home and finds a cheaper place to rent.
Banks try to sell homes to recuperate money they loaned and they don’t sell. So money the bank thought it had in the form of promises to pay isn’t there. Vanished into thin air. Many of these loans have been packaged and have become part of someone’s retirement fund or investment package. And that retirement fund or investment package ain’t worth a nickel, because masses of people quit making their payments. They are written off of the books; the money they represented also has vanished into thin air.
When all of his happens in enough places at the same time, the people wake up and realize they have no money. They tear up the credit card, leaving another unpaid debt, and consequently destroy more money, and start paying with cash which means they quit buying so much stuff because they don’t have enough money to do so. The stuff doesn’t sell, so the store lowers its prices. And it still doesn’t sell. Before long, the store is in trouble. As are the employees of the store. Stores close, more jobs are lost.
Now you have deflation. Collapse of an economy. A Depression.
I wonder if printing and reintroducing new cash can keep up with the disappearance of all of this money and forestall a collapse. I guess time will tell, because I doubt the fed is going to quit printing money as long as the rest of the world allows them to.
If the fed does tighten cash supplies, what happens when China and a handful of Saudi princes, each of which sit on a trillion or so dollars decide to buy our country? If the fed keeps printing money and we keep buying stuff made in other countries without selling them something in exchange, they end up holding more dollars (now you know why bush wanted to sell our shipping ports).
Our economy is based on its ability to grow continually. But there are limits to growth and we’ve come near realizing what those limits are. This planet has given us all it had to offer and we’re still not satisfied.
Something has to give.
BTW, I ran across an interesting housing blog that is worth a look. Its called the Irvine Housing Blog. The writer is as bearish as the markets look. He provides plenty of anecdotal information about a looming housing crisis in Irvine.