Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 7/10/2012

Panini released more preview pics of their upcoming 2012 Cooperstown Baseball set.  Check out the above Don Sutton signature card above.  Go here to see more preview pics.
  • Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers recent signee has officially reported to the Arizona League, via a Dodgers Press Release.
 “We’re thrilled that Yasiel has arrived in Arizona,” said Dodger Assistant General Manager, Scouting Logan White. “He's athletic, intelligent and someone that's ready to work hard and earn a chance to fulfill his dream of playing Major League baseball.”
Of special note, some other Cuban signings were also mentioned:
In the 2012 First-Year Draft held in June, the Dodgers took two Cuban players, pitchers Onelki Garcia and Alfredo Unzue, while signing another as a free agent, catcher Selme Angulo. Overall, the Dodgers are expanding their scouting efforts and player signings in Latin America.
Tokyo-based snacks maker Calbee Inc. this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of its "Professional Baseball Chips" potato chip line that offers trading cards featuring Nippon Professional Baseball players.
  • ESPN writes about an attic vintage Baseball card find of 1910 E98's.  These are small cards the size of tobacco cards from the same time period, but were distributed by a candy/caramel company.  Furthermore, these cards are some of the most pristine (condition-wise) cards the hobby had ever seen.  Check out the PSA graded card of Honus Wagner at a pristine "10" grade above.  You can see it for auction here.  A remarkable 16 (that's right sixteen) Ty Cobbs were found all grading at a "9".  A partial set from this find is on auction and can be found here.  You just don't see this kind of find anymore!
  • With 2012 Allen & Ginter Baseball cards now at a local retail shops near you (the official release date is actually tomorrow) I find myself wanting the Kate Upton autographed card below.  I'll have pics of Dodger cards from the set soon.

Collection: 2002 Keebler Dodgers Set

Last week, when I posted up a late 80's Dodgers Police Set a commentator wondered about the Mother's Cookies sets from the same period.  It was then that I realized that I don't actually have a complete Dodgers Mother's Cookie set from that era.  I do, on the other hand, have a complete 2002 Keebler Dodgers set in my collection. 

They were distributed at a game in 2002 with each child under 14 receiving a packet of 21 different cards plus 7 duplicates to trade in an effort to complete the set.  I always hated this idea.  Who has the time to find other kids to trade with when a game is going on?  Undoubtedly, most kids went home without a complete set in hand.

Anyway, check out scans of both the front and reverse of all 28 cards in the set.

On a side note, there is something else I dislike about this set.  When Jack Clark was named the Dodgers batting coach a little bit of me died.  I still hate him for his home run off us as a Cardinal, and couldn't get over that memory during his stay in LA.  The above coach's card makes me feel really sad.

Collection: Vintage Comic Baseball Postcards

I though I'd spend this All-Star Game day to share some vintage 1900's to 1910's Baseball comic themed postcards.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

I don't know too much about these postcards other than being old (as evidenced by postmarks on the reverse) and funny.  I do know they are somewhat plentiful and inexpensive ($5.00- $10.00 a piece or so- and maybe less if bought in a large lot).