Monday, November 19, 2012

Collection: Willie Davis Archives Autographed Card

Willie Davis had big shoes to fill.  He joined the Dodgers farm system in 1958 after graduating from high school in Los Angeles (Theodore Roosevelt High School).  By 1960 he joined the big club and soon took over for Hall of Famer Duke Snider in centerfield.  There he would stay for 13 years.  He recorded 11 consecutive seasons with 20 or more steals, and was a member of 2 World Championship clubs.

In 1969, Willie Davis had a 31 game hitting streak that remains the longest streak in Dodgers franchise history.  It eclipsed the record once held by Brooklyn outfielder and Hall of Famer Zach Wheat.

Featured here is a 2001 Topps Archives Willie Davis autographed card that borrows the vintage 1961 Topps design.

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Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 11/19/2012 - Kuroda, Fujikawa, Grienke and Ryu

Dee Gordon shared a photo on twitter of his new glove.  He wrote, "My new baby! I can't wait to dirty you up!!!"
Previously, teams have been under the impression that Kuroda would either re-sign with the New York Yankees or return to his native Japan to finish his career. But Kuroda has told friends that his first preference is to pitch in Southern California, where his two daughters are attending elementary school. 
Fujikawa, considered among the top closers in Nippon Pro Baseball over the last decade, toured the facilities of Arizona and the Chicago Cubs in the last week. He is expected to also visit with the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers, both of whom have expressed interest.
According to an industry insider, the Dodgers are the favorites to wind up with top free agent starter Zack Greinke, with the Angels and Rangers on the outside looking in. 

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Legendary Auctions: Wilber "Uncle Robbie" Robinson and Some Vintage Dodgers Cartoons

Legendary Auction is running their last auction of the year, and it (as always) includes some great vintage material. 

Check out this 1894 N142 Duke's Honest Tobacco Cabinet card of former Dodgers manager Wilbert "Uncle Robbie" Robinson as a player for the Baltimore Orioles of the National League.  You just gotta love that 'stache on him.  He was a hipster before there were hipsters.

Uncle Robbie was a beloved Brooklyn manager.  He was so loved, in fact, that fans started calling the team the "Robins" in his honor. 

The card measures 6" x 9" and starts with an opening bid of $1,500.00
(auction link)

Leo O'Mealia is a famous cartoonist known more for his artwork at Action Comics and Detective Comics in the 1930's.  He started out as a political cartoonist for the Rochester Herald in 1907.  Then transitioned to sports cartoons in 1912 for the New York Journal.  Soon, he started to draw for comic books in the 1930's, and then returned to sports editorial cartoons for the Daily News in 1943.  He was known as "Leo the Lion " since he signed his artwork with "By Leo" and drew a small lion by it.

In this auction item there are two pieces focused on the Brooklyn Dodgers.  The below cartoon has to do with the Brooklyn borough's love for Leo Durocher.  Click on any pic to embiggen.
(auction link)

I don't think this "Leo the Lion" drawing below needs much of a description.  I will note that a little lion is clearly present on the bottom right (near the base of the wine glass).
(auction link)

And of course, I couldn't go without showing a Willard Mulling drawing.  I'll let the auction description go from here:
Originally bellowed as a derisive term to describe the once-woeful Brooklyn Dodgers, the infamous "Bums" moniker was artfully brought to life for decades to follow by renowned cartoonist Willard Mullin. In this cartoon, the beloved "Bum" is depicted in a thoughtful mood as he prepares - by swinging hard and ostentatiously missing the ball - to get "in shape" for an upcoming season. The original 12" x 19", black-and-white drawing is complete with editorial markings and, of course, Mullin's patented linear signature.
(auction link)

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Topps Five Star Baseball- Dodgers Base Cards

Topps newest Baseball card set is as high-end as they come.  It is called 2012 Topps Five Star Baseball and it is priced at about $400.00+ per box.  Each box includes only 1 pack of cards with only 5 cards within them, and you are guaranteed 4 different autographed cards.  Needless to say, I doubt I'll be opening up any of these boxes any time soon.  It's just too rich for my blood.

I love the design, though, so if you have some for trade please let me know.

There is a base set of 80 cards, and 6 of them are Dodgers.  They are all numbered to 80 copies each.  Check out the Dodger cards below.

#17 Andre Ethier

#40 Sandy Koufax

#42 Jackie Robinson

#70 Clayton Kershaw

#71 Hanley Ramirez

#76 Matt Kemp

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