Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Collection: Steve Sax Etched In Time Autographed Card


Steve Sax will always be known for an ailment that hampered his defensive abilities.  In 1983, he suddenly and inexplicably lost the ability to accurately throw to 1st base from his position at 2nd base.  His loss of basic throwing mechanics would soon be called "Steve Sax Syndrome", and it would result in Dodgers fans wearing batting helmets along the right field line. 

Heck, even the defensively challenged Pedro Guerrero, who would move to 3rd base that year, would comment:
"I hope they don't hit it to me,"
Immediately followed by:
"I hope they don't hit it to Sax."

Featured here is a 2004 Upper Deck "Etched in Time" autographed card of Steve Sax in my collection.

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Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 11/21/2012


  • Oh well.  Kuroda has resigned with the Yankees for 1-year at $15Mil, via Hard Ball Talk.  I am genuinely disappointed about this.
  • I'm not quite sure what this means, but according to Danny Knobler at CBS Sports the Dodgers are calling around asking about Zach Grienke.  This might have something to do with Grienke's widely reported issues with depression and social anxiety disorder.  For some background, go here
  • Here's a strange combo.  Chan Ho Park, Larry King and PSY were hanging out, via Samer Kalaf at Deadspin.  Sounds like a bad joke, eh?
  • Are you wondering if there will be a Dodgers Black Friday sale?  Well, wonder no more.  The Dodgers will host a BLUE FRIDAY sale at Dodgers Stadium.  It will be at the Left Loge by parking lot D.  See the tweet below.
(twitter link)
  • I guess we dodged a bullet.  Steve Dilbeck at the LA Times is reporting that one of the other suitors to buy the Dodgers, Steve Cohen, has just been indicted on insider-trading.
  • Roberto at Vin Scully is My Homeboy translates an article from Puerto Rico that featured Yasiel Puig as he discusses how he left Cuba.
  • Go to Night Owl Cards to see his list of the Best Dodgers cards ever made, #50-#41.
  • Per a recent Dodgers press release, they added minor leaguers Steven Ames and Matt Magill to the 40 man roster:
Ames, 24, who hails from Vancouver, WA, pitched for Double-A Chattanooga of the Southern League last year and was 3-3 with 18 saves and a 1.56 ERA in 54 games. The reliever struck out 72 batters in 63.1 innings of work and held right-handed hitters to a .177 average (25-for-141). Ames was selected by the Dodgers in the 17th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Magill, 23, is a local product, who was drafted out of Royal High School in Simi Valley, CA in the 31st round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. The California native had a great season at Double-A Chattanooga in 2012 as he started 26 games for the Lookouts, posting an 11-8 record with a 3.75 ERA. The right-hander fanned 168 batters in his 146.1 innings, including four games with 10 or more strikeouts.
  • The below photo was tweeted by Patrick O'Neal.  If I'm not mistaken, they are going to tear out all of that concrete, as well.
(tweet link)

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Dodgers Mall Tour - Cey, Wills and "Sweet" Lou Johnson

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


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Here is the second leg of the Dodgers 2012 Holidays Mall Tour in Southern California.  Go here for more information.  This coming Friday Ron Cey, "Sweet" Lou Johnson, and Maury Wills will be at the Del Amo Fashion Center to meet with fans and sign free autographs.  Below is the announced schedule.
Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 West Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90503
Friday, November 23
Ron Cey (11:30am-1:30pm)
"Sweet" Lou Johnson (2pm-4pm)
Maury Wills (4pm-6pm)


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Topps Five Star Baseball- Dodgers Inserts Cards

Here are some of the Dodgers insert cards in the 2012 Topps Five Star Baseball set.  As has been the norm, all of the Matt Kemp autographs are attained via a redemption card, so I've got nothing to show you.  Will somebody please tell Kemp to get in gear and start doing some signings for Topps.  I know of several rabid Dodger collectors who are tired of waiting for their cards to arrive.  Heck, I don't think he has yet to sign any 2012 Topps cards, or at least none of them have been delivered to collectors yet.

Anyway, check out the Dodgers cards below.  I don't know if you can see it so well, but there is a fair amount of chipping on the edges of a lot of cards.  That is a major problem; especially considering a box cost over $400 for one pack of 5 cards.  Also, I do not have all of the Dodgers cards available to show below since there are just too many to gather.  I've got most of the autographed cards featured below, but not all of the relic or patch cards.

Five Star Active Player Autographs
#FSA-AE Andre Ethier

#FSA-CK Clayton Kershaw #/150

Five Star Retired Player Autographs
FSA-MW Maury Wills

FSA-SK Sandy Koufax

Five Star Silver Ink Autographs (numbered to 99 or less) or Gold Ink Autographs (numbered to 10 or less)
#FSSI-AE Andre Ethier

 #FSSI-CK Clayton Kershaw

 #FSSI-MW Maury Wills

 #FSSI-SK Sandy Koufax

Five Star Autograph Relics
#FSAR-AE Andre Ethier

 #FSAR-CK Clayton Kershaw

Five Star Autograph Patch card (numbered only to 5)
#FSAR-CK Clayton Kershaw

Five Star Jumbo relic Book
#AJRB-SK Sandy Koufax - Los Angeles Dodgers

Five Star Jumbo Relics
#JJR-AE Andre Ethier #/92

#JJR-CK Clayton Kershaw #/92

#JJR-MK Matt Kemp

UPDATE:  Below are pics of various Matt Kemp autographed cards.  They have finally been delivered.

#FSA-MK Matt Kemp

#FSSI-MK Matt Kemp

#FSAR-MK Matt Kemp

#FSBDAP-BK Matt Kemp / Ryan Braun


#FSBQ-8 Kemp / Kershaw / Darvish / Hamilton 

#FSBDA-KK Kemp / Kershaw




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Legendary Auction: Some Incredible Vintage Dodgers Negatives/Photos of Jackie, Sandy, Campy, and the Babe

Here is Part 2 of some Dodgers related memorabilia items for sale at Legendary Auctions current offering.  This time I focus on some incredible original B&W photographic negatives taken by legendary photographers George Burke/ George Brace.  For a little background on them go here.

All of the items below are for the original acetate negatives and come directly from the estates of George Burke and George Brace.  I imagine you can use them to reproduce some modern prints with exceptional clarity.

Babe Ruth swinging for the fences in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform is below.
(auction link)

Again, Babe Ruth shows of his swing.
(auction link)

 This is a great photo of Jackie Robinson.  The contrast and clarity is top notch.
(auction link)

Sandy Koufax as a LA Dodger.
(auction link)

 Here, Roy Campanella shows off his irresistible smile.
(auction link)

 Then, Campy practices his swing.
(auction link)

Duke Snider decides to also show us his swing.
(auction link)

A very young Don Drysdale poses in his Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. 
(auction link)

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