Friday, May 11, 2012

Get Your Alyssa Milano Rookie Cards

Does it make me weird if this makes me giddy like a little child.

Our favorite Dodger fan (heck, our favorite LA Sports fan) will soon have a trading card of her own.  WooHoo!  All I have to say is thank you Panini.  Check out Panini's blog for more information including a whole bunch of pics.
Indeed, Milano’s first autographed football and hockey cards will hit the market in the coming days, giving the sports world’s biggest stars a run for their secondary-market money — and redefining what a hot card looks like

Inspired in part by all of her aforementioned attributes, Panini America officials reached out to Milano last year to see if she might be interested in appearing on her own Fans of the Game cards. She was — and Panini America’s product developers couldn’t get the popular star of television shows “Who’s The Boss?” and “Charmed” into their sets fast enough.
Milano’s first-ever sports trading card appeared in Panini America’s 2011-12 Pinnacle Hockey set and captured her devotion to the Los Angeles Kings. Her first football card followed last month inside 2011 National Treasures Football and chronicled her loyalty to the New York Giants.

Here she is supporting her favorite NHL club, the LA Kings.  Unfortunately, Panini doesn't have a MLB Baseball license, so we shouldn't expect a Milano trading card with a Dodgers logo any time soon.
Here is what the reverse of the card looks like.

Blog Kiosk: 5/11/2012

"Foul Ball Follies 2" from Jon SooHoo/ LA Dodgers.  Be sure to check out his post from yesterday featuring numerous photos of fans and their feeble (and sometimes successful) attempts at grabbing a Baseball souvenir.  This is no doubt the best posting of photos he has ever done.  Thank you Jon!
  • This is just a reminder.  Voting for the starting lineup for 2012 All-Star Game is underway.  Go here to make your mark.  I don't want to tell you who to vote for, but if the names Kemp and Ethier pop up I strongly suggest that you give them your vote.
  • "Matt Kemp Plays with a Chip on Shoulder," via Bob Knightengale of USA Today.
"I don't play this game to be mediocre," he says. "I don't want to be just all right.
"I play this game to be the best. That's not being cocky. That's just being confident."
"But Kemp was not playing baseball, so it goes deeper than that. You can't have cultural bias. You need to have educated scouts. I remember one scout talked about a tattoo Kemp had, like that somehow made him a bad guy. That's stereotyping and bias, and I try to stay away from that. That's like scouts tell you redheads can't make the Major Leagues. Biases are bad, no matter what they are. If you have a bias to draft only college kids, you're walking away from high school players like Matt Kemp." 
The Dodgers have a $105MM payroll this year, and they've already committed $103MM to next year's team, not including arbitration eligible players. It's a good thing new ownership expects payroll to rise, because the Dodgers are getting expensive.
  • Stacie Wheeler at Lasorda's Lair looks at "Filling the Holes in the (Dodgers) Roster."
  • I'm not sure if this is a joke, or not.  Apparently, we should be expecting a Bikini Hockey League coming to your town soon.  Check it out here.
  • EA Sports has been running a online vote campaign for fans of NHL13 to decide who should be on the cover.  They are down to 8 players, and one of them is Kings center Anze Kopitar.  Go here to check it out.
  • I have Stanley Cup Playoff Hockey Fever, and so should you.  The Kings play the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday in the first game of the Western Conference Championships.  If they get past this round they head to the Finals- The Stanley Cup Finals. I know that Kings Nation is excited.  In fact, we have declared with our loudest voice, "We Want the Cup!"

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2012 Bowman Baseball- Dodgers Base Cards

2012 Bowman Baseball has just been released for public consumption.  This set tends to focus on prospects, but it does include several current Major League stars.  To see a complete checklist go here.  There are five everyday Dodgers in the base set and three Dodgers prospects in the prospects set.  See them below.

 12 Matt Kemp

As always, there are numerous parallel cards available of each card (including different colored borders).  One parallel that stuck out to me are the International parallel cards.  They are black bordered with the flag of the players national origin in the background.

56 Ted Lilly

110 Dee Gordon

151 Clayton Kershaw

 183 James Loney

 Bowman Prospect Cards

Please note the Devon Ethier card below.  He is Andre's little brother, and (I believe) this is his first regular issue Baseball card.

 BP35 Devon Ethier

BP67 J.T. Wise

BP104 Joc Pederson