Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mike Always Had Class

I came across this on eBay just now and wanted to post it up. No matter the rumors about his alleged chemical past I still love the guy and will always appreciate the what he did for the Dodgers and its fans. Here is a pic of a newspaper ad he placed in the LA Times on May 20, 1998.

eBay: Hodges and the News

Since I've neglected to post much the past week or so I thought I would start with a couple of eBay finds I came across.

The Topps Company has been routinely selling many of their archived treasures from Baseball card past on eBay through ToppsVault. They have sold everything from original paintings to one-of-a-kind printers press cards. This time they are selling some original published negatives from their 1962 Bazooka card set. Below is the negative for Dodger Gil Hodges that sold for $81.00.

Here is an original October 9, 1959 LA Examiner newspaper celebrating the Dodgers World Championship victory. It sold for $76.01.
eBay Link: 1959 WS LA Examiner:

Another Great Find

It amazes me that stuff like this is still sitting around buried in junk waiting to be found.
The poster was discovered by a family combing through an estate sale near Albany, NY in March. Two other dealers had been through the estate but had either missed the poster or failed to recognize its value. This family recognized that a 19th century baseball item might have auction value, discovering it atop a dresser, and atop some books, rolled up.
It is a 1889 advertising poster featuring the Goodwin Round Album.
This poster is unrestored and in very good condition. It features such future Hall of Fame players as Cap Anson, Mike “King” Kelly, Charles Comiskey, Mickey Welch, Tim Keefe, Roger Connor, John Ward and “Orator Jim” O’Rourke and Charles Comiskey. The poster states “Presented Upon Return of 75 of our Certificates to the Smokers.”
It is estimated to be worth $100,000.00. Not only that, it is a one of a kind treasure. Only 2 other similar posters have been found, but they are of a different format.
“It looked old, and it seemed out of place among all the items being sold that day,” said a spokesperson for the purchaser, whose name is not being identified.

“We always gets excited about finds like this,” said Josh Evans, founder and chairman of Lelands. “There are still great finds out there waiting to be discovered. The American antiques and collectibles field is still a great treasure hunt.”
It's like wining the lottery.

Hat Tip: VBCF:

Great Moments in Broadcasting

I was on my home from work a little earlier listening to the Dodger game on the radio. I don't quite recall who Rick Monday was talking about or the inning, but he made the following comment that made me spit up my drink all over my dashboard. I don't quite remember the exact quote so I'll paraphrase.
He's got enough lumber to satisfy a beaver
Get it? I know, my minds in the sewer.