Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blog Kiosk: 9/15/2011

Here is a team photo of the entire organization, via Dodgers yFrog.

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2011 Topps Marquee- Dodger Base Cards

As I wrote about yesterday, Topps just released their newest product called Topps Marquee. This is the inaugural year for this brand and is geared towards the higher end card market. A box will probably run about $200.00 a piece, and includes only 4 packs with 5 cards within it. So, don't expect to find this at your local Target store. The draw to this set are the inserts- which are plentiful. Each pack is guaranteed to have either a relic or autograph piece.

What I like is that the Dodgers fill up 8 spots in a base set that consist of only 100 cards. I call that dominating the set. Furthermore, the Keshaw and Kemp cards feature them in their vintage baby blue uniforms that were used this season. As always, there are numerous parallels to the base set. Numerous examples of them are below.

Pee Wee Reese, #24

Jackie Robinson, #45

Matt Kemp, #52

Andre Ethier, #56

Sandy Koufax, #64

Clayton Kershaw, #67

Duke Snider, #75
Roy Campanella, #78

Daily Conlon: 316 through 324

Here are todays Daily Conlon cards numbered 316 through 324, and it featured former Brooklyn Dodger Lyn "Broadway" Lary. He was only on the team for a little over 3 months in 1939, having been purchased by the Dodgers from the Indians earlier in the year then selected off of waivers by the Cardinals near the end of the season. In 29 games for Brooklyn he batted a measly .161.

His best years was when he first came up to the big leagues with the New York Yankees. He was purchased from the Oakland Oaks of the PCL, along with Jimmy Reese, to man shortstop. In 1931 he became their starter and batted an impressive .280 while knocking in 107 and scoring 100 times. He was also a bit of a heel when he cost Lou Gehrig the home run title that year by incorrectly gauging a homer as caught and passing by Gehrig on his way back to the base. Gehrig was called out and the home run negated. He would tie for the title with Babe Ruth instead of outright winning it.