Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bloggers in the Press Box

A couple weeks back the Dodgers treated numerous Dodger blogs to a night of revelry and excitement. We had our 2nd Annual Blogger night at Dodger Stadium as they gave us, "pajama wearing geeks," a suite to watch the game and enough Dodger Dogs to feed a family of elephants. Anyway, one of the surprises Dodger VP Josh Rawitch shared was the potential opening up of the Dodger Press Room to us.

Yes, we the uncouth and dishevelled few will get an opportunity to report from the press box, walk around the field during batting practice and go to the clubhouse before and after the game.

As you can imagine I nearly wet my pants.

Well, this recent homestand was the inaugural. Phil with True Blue LA was there on Tuesday and Eric from the same site will be there on Saturday. Brandon from Reflections of Blue will be there Sunday. Chris from will be there Friday. Orel from Sons of Steve Garvey is there today. Check out his live-blogging right here. Hopefully, I will be doing the same soon.

Casey Blake Bobblehead Tonight

For the lucky tens of thousands of fans going to today's game you get a Casey Blake bobblehead.

Box Break: 2009 Goudey

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Yesterday I wrote that I had stopped into a Target and left with a blaster box of 2009 Topps Heritage. Well, there is a little more to that story. I actually walked out with 2 blaster boxes. The other being the 2009 Goudey Baseball box by Upper Deck.

I had refrained from mentioning it because, well, I didn't get a whole lot. Although, I did get a bunch of Dodgers. Overall, it was a weak box. Anyway, as you may know, this new set from Upper Deck borrows its design from the 1933 Goudey Gum card set which is famous for having 4 different Babe Ruth cards in it. So, putting together a complete vintage set is very cost prohibitive.

Check out the 6 different Dodgers I pulled in the box above; including cards of Brad Penny and Takashi Saito- both of whom are now with the Red Sox. It's funny that both of those cards actually designate them as Boston players, but keeps their uniforms in Dodger Blue. Nevertheless, since they are still wearing the right colors they go in my collection. Below are the back of the cards.
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In addition to the base set show above there are 3 main subset or short printed sets within the set. Below are examples of the 3 sets. On the left is the "4 in 1" insert set of the Rays that take its design from the 1935 Goudey set. Center is Reggie Jackson in the "Heads Up" subset that is fashioned after the 1938 Goudey set. Finally, on the right is Tony Gwynn in the "Sports Royalty" subset. The Gwynn card copies the design of the 1933 Sport Kings Gum set.