Saturday, April 30, 2011
With the 1981 World Series trophy, via Tommy Lasorda.
Tommy with Mario Andretti.
Wow. Just awesome. Via AlexPudl1n.
Geddy Lee of Rush is a huge Dodger fan. Don't believe me. Check out this photo below. Via djdruemitchell.
I was hopeful that some magic would come my way, and fortunately the stars aligned just right. I won't go into full details until the package of Dodger goodies arrive sometime early next week, but I will provide a peek at one of the "big hits" that has me reeling. They pulled out a "1 of 1" yellow printing plate of Duke Snider. Check it out below!
This will be the very first printing plate in my collection and I can't tell you how exciting I am about it. Below is the reverse of the card. Now, this is just a small taste of all the incredible "hits" I will be receiving, so stay tuned as I will be posting them all up as soon as they arrive. And no, I didn't get a Koufax, but there is some other mojo. If you can't wait, check out their post here, here and here to see many of the cards they pulled in the case.
Thanks ladies! It was definitely the best group break I've ever been a part of.
Friday, April 29, 2011
- Bark at the Park at Dodger Stadium on May 28th.
- Bob Lemke unveils possibly the rarest Pee Wee Reese card around- a Masquerade Party.
- A radar gun conspiracy? Via AZ Central.com.
"I know for a fact that every time Brad Penny pitched for the Dodgers in San Diego it was probably the lowest velocities he ever had. He liked velocity. He'd stare at the board. He was throwing 95-96 (mph), but we'd have it at 91 and he'd get pissed off and throw harder and harder and start elevating."
- Here is another story about the possible public ownership of the Dodgers. This has been talked about for quite some time. I doubt it could happen, but the thought of it is pretty damn intoxicating. This LA Weekly story does a good job of explaining the hurdles.
- Schoolhouse Rocks!
On another note, I wanted to pass along this great story from Tommy Lasorda's own blog:
“I never saw a pitcher pitch as negatively as you,” I told Hershiser. “You were afraid to throw the ball over the plate. You were saying to yourself, ‘I better not throw the ball there or he is going to hit it.’ Instead, you should have been saying to yourself that you are going to throw the ball there and he aint going to hit it!”
But he was thinking negatively, and he did not have the confidence in himself.
I went on, “And furthermore, I don’t like your first name, Orel. If I bring you in tonight to pitch to Dale Murphy and the PA announces, ‘Now pitching for the Dodgers, number 55, Orel Hershiser,’ Murphy is going to think hitting against you is going to be easy.”
“From now on your name is Bulldog! You are going to act like a bulldog. You are going to pitch like a bulldog. And you are going to walk around like a bulldog!”
“Now when the PA announces number 55, Bulldog Hershiser, Murphy is going to be thinking you have got to be mean to have a name like Bulldog.” Well, he began to pitch like a bulldog, and everybody knows what he did.
From the mouth of the master motivator.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Here is a very scarce 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings autograph card of Steve Finley. It is numbered 1 out of 5.
Teenie Harris worked for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of America's leading African-American newspapers. He had made it his mission to photograph African-American life from the 1930's to 1970's, so it makes sense that he would cover Negro League Baseball- especially considering the popularity and fame of the Pittsburgh Crawford ball team. A large group of his negatives (80,000) currently reside at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Now, you are probably wondering, what is Negro League star and Baseball Hall of Famer Oscar Charleston doing in a Dodgers uniform? After all, he was way too old to play by the time integration came around. Well, this isn't the Brooklyn Dodgers that we know well, but is instead the Brooklyn Brown Dodgers- a Negro League team created by Branch Rickey for a newly created Negro League called the United States League in 1945. This was, of course, just a smoke screen by Rickey. He had to be able to scout the Negro League without having the gaze of the segregated Baseball getting a whiff of his plans. He needed to find the perfect player, and this rouse allowed him to send his top scouts out to find him. As we all know, Jackie Robinson is who ultimately became the ground breaker. Interestingly, in the background is Jackie Robinson himself. At least, I think that's him.
The next two items are 1960 color transparency/ negatives of Maury Wills.
Below is a 1987 Topps sticker photo of Mike Scioscia.
This is probably the most interesting item they have for sale right now. It's an original player contract between Topps and Dusty Baker from 1979. It doesn't say what the amount of the original contract was, but states that this 2 year extension made Dusty a whopping $75.00.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
- Eephus League was at a Dodger game recently and has a interesting round-up.
In the bottom of the seventh and with Ivan DeJesus at the plate, a small child half a row away from me threw up. As his mother picked him up, trying to get him up the stairs, he projectile vomited across at least eight to ten seats.
- David Pinto at Baseball Analytics looks into Andre Ethier's hot start and finds that Andre is making better contact compared to years past. Check out his analysis to see some great graphs.
He's not swinging more at outside pitches, except those in the upper outside corner. He's squaring up those pitches better, however. In the past, 19% of balls he put in play on outside pitches resulted in line drives. This season, 35% of those pitches turn into line drives.
- Check out this great Eddie Gaedel autograph photo highlighted by REA.
- Beckett interviews sports artist Dick Perez.
- Jabba!!!! Via Punk Rock Paint. Check out even more Star Wars vintage card creations from him here.
- Via Shorpy, a 1923 photo of the Washington DC Fire Department Baseball team.
Here is a 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings autographed card of Edwin Jackson in my collection. It is numbered to 100
I've yet to put together some Dodger base cards from the set (don't worry I'll get to that in a couple of days,) I did want to show one of the key finds any collector would love to grab. Above is the Sandy Koufax autograph card from the set. I had joined "A Cardboard Problem's" group case break and picked up the Dodgers, so I'm excited about what I will get in the case. I'm crossing my fingers hoping the fine ladies there pull the card above.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Below is just a sample of some original artwork pieces created by Mark Rucker at the request of Lew Lipset (operator of the Old Judge Auctions) in 1983. It consisted of 11 different paintings of some of the greatest ballplayers to ever play the game. Below are the drawings for Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn (he's paired with Koufax below- notice his extended middle finger) and Mike "King" Kelly. Considering that these are one-of-the-kind I think that the final closing price of $550.00 for 11 pieces was pretty reasonable.
This photo use to hang at the Rotunda at Ebbets Field. I'll let the auction description tell you more about it.
In 1960 the owners of Ebbets Field decided to sell the memorabilia that remained in the ballpark. Several items were purchased by an ex-marine (well known in the hobby) and a lifetime Dodger fan who used a four day pass to come home to purchase several items that included four wall photos, two Ebbets Field seats and some other items. Total cost $100! It was autographed in person to our consignor "To a great Brooklyn Dodger Fan, Best Wishes Johnny Podres" years later.It sold for $2,500.00.
Here is a seldom seen Jackie Robinson Boosters pin that sold for $242.00.
Monday, April 25, 2011
With the Kings 3rd line- a checking line consisting of some young but amped future stars- taking control of the scoring lately, I can't help but think this has caused significant problems for the Sharks defense. Do they have their best defenders go out against that line at the risk of having the Kings more traditional scoring lines face off against lesser defensive setups? Will Dustin Penner, anchoring the 4th line, actually make it a more dangerous scoring threat like we saw in Game 5? After all, who else can boast about having a top of the line scoring winger on a line traditionally thought of an energy line. Has coach Murray's lineup juggling finally found a great mix that emphasizes balance over star power? Can the Kings win tonight thereby forcing a Game 7 scramble up north.
I hesitate to make a prediction (I'm sure you know who I'm rooting for), but I will tell you this- If this goes to a seventh game the Kings will win the series. And you can take that to the bank.
Below is a video to pump you up.
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that he has appointed J. Thomas Schieffer, the former president of the Texas Rangers, as the Monitor of the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise. Schieffer will represent the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball in the oversight of the day-to-day operations, business and finances of the Dodgers and all of the franchise's related entities.And a quote from Selig:
Schieffer, an investor in the ownership group headed by George W. Bush and Rusty Rose that purchased the Rangers in 1989, was the club president from 1991-1999 and the franchise's general partner from November 1994 until June 1998. The Fort Worth native was the club's partner in charge of ballpark development in advance of the 1994 opening of The Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers won their first three American League West titles (1996, 1998-1999) in club history in the years during Schieffer's tenure.
"We are very fortunate to have someone of Tom Schieffer's stature monitor the operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers on behalf of Major League Baseball. Tom is a distinguished public servant who has represented the nation with excellence and has demonstrated extraordinary leadership throughout his career. The many years that he spent managing the operations of a successful franchise will benefit the Dodgers and Major League Baseball as a whole. I am grateful for Tom's acceptance of this role."
While there he also received the following honors:
- Elected to the All-Southland Junior College Team in Baseball;
- All-Southland Junior College Team MVP;
- Named to the school's Order of the Mast and Dagger (Omicron Mu Delta), awarded to students performing "outstanding service to the school and whose scholastic and citizenship record is worthy of recognition;" and
- member of a student run police organization called the Lancers.
Here he is with the track & field team.
Jackie is pictured on the bottom right below.
Here is a beaming Jackie with the basketball team.
I'm pretty sure that's Jackie on the bottom right below.
- Mario Alejandro, one of the card hobby's most read blogger is back with a vengeance. Check out his new blog called Wax Morgue.
- Here is another new Dodger blog called, From the Ravine.
- Opinion of Kingman's Performance writes a great story about Tommy Lasorda.
- Check out Manny Pacquiao signing some Allen & Ginter cards.
- Bill Shaikin puts together a nice list of upcoming SoCal bobblehead stadium give-aways.
- The Duck Song!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Here is my 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings autographed card of him. It is a scarce variation that includes a unique green frame. It is numbered 7 out of 10.
It's one thing to have a unopened pack of Baseball cards from 1954, but to have one with a Jackie Robinson showing if quite another thing. Here, in Memory Lane's current auction is a 1954 Topps Baseball Penny Wax Pack graded by PSA. Unfortunately, it's a bit tough to see the Robinson.
Here is a video with the auction house introducing the unopened pack.