Friday, December 06, 2013

Puig's Five Star Jersey/Relic Cards Have Something Unusual About Them - Dodger Green

As avid collectors know, Topps just released their newest Baseball card set called Topps Five Star, and I noticed something strange about the Yasiel Puig relic cards.  Check out what I mean above.

At first I thought that it must be a scanner/color issue.  Then, I realized that can't be it.  Puig is wearing Dodger blue in the corresponding photo.  So, technology is not deceiving me and neither are my eyes.  What we have is a Yasiel Puig game-used relic jersey card that actually uses a green Dodger jersey.

Say wha...?  Green?

Ya, you heard me right!  The Dodgers do wear green, but only once per year.

Every Spring Training the Dodgers wear green jerseys in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and the jersey Topps attained must be the jersey Puig wore this past Spring. Unfortunately, I couldn't track down a photo of Puig in green, so instead I'll show you a bunch of Dodgers in St. Patrick's green from March, taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.  See it below.
(pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013)

How cool is that, eh?

We have a Puig relic card in an exclusive product that features a game-used jersey that we know for certain came from March 17, 2013.  It's a Puig card in Dodger Blue with a splash of green.

I wonder if all the relics use green jerseys, or is the above example unique?

As you can see above, the Puig Jumbo Relic cards of all the different parallels found appear to be all green.  At least, I have yet to see a non-green Puig relic card.  I also ran into another Puig relic card, an Active Player Quad Patch Dodgers Book Card (see it below), that also features a green jersey patch piece.  Awesome!

Normally, I could care less about game-used relic cards, but I find these cards to be really neat. 

BTW, Topps Five Star is a high-end set that will cost you a fortune to purchase.  Unopened boxes cost from $350.00 to $400.00 a piece, and you get only 6 cards in the box.  That's right, just 6 cards for about 4 bills. 

With Yasiel Puig's cards being the big hit from the set and plentiful, to boot, the cost/risk/reward ratio for Dodger fans is fairly good.  Still, it's far too pricey for a collector like me. I guess I'll have to look for bargains on eBay.

Also, I'll have pics of all the Dodgers' cards from this set some time next week. So, stay tuned.

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Mailbag: A Couple of Chris Anderson Autographed Cards Won on eBay

It's been awhile since I've shared a recent Baseball card purchase.  For the most part, I've been on the sidelines as the hobby continues to churn out product, but I just couldn't help myself when it came to one of our newest and brightest prospects. 

Chris Anderson was the Dodgers 2013 first round amateur draft pick, and he has, so far, proved to be a wise choice.  Baseball America recently named him the Dodgers' 5th best prospect in their system after just one year of professional play. 

Below are his stats, via Baseball Reference:

The card on the left is a 2013 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball autographed card, and on the right is a 2013 Leaf Memories Baseball base autographed card.  The Leaf Memories card borrows the vintage 1990 Leaf Baseball card design.  The card I received is a parallel card numbered to 50 copies.

Below are the back of each card.

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A Kershaw Interview is Airing Soon that You Should All Watch

With all of Dodger Blue Nation on the edge of their seats when it comes to the future of Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles, an upcoming interview with the staff ace by Graham Bensinger couldn't be any more timely.

Airing early Saturday morning on ABC (1:00 AM per this listing) and viewable on "Watch on Yahoo! Sports" thereafter, Clayton Kershaw sits with Bensinger at his home to discuss just about everything under the sun. BTW, with the magic of technology you should just set your DVR to record this show.  That way you can watch it first thing Saturday morning.

Per a press release:
From his home in Dallas, Texas, the young left hander shares the emotion of being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, just missing the 2013 World Series and the possibility of signing a record-setting $300 million contract. A man of strong Christian faith, Kershaw discusses his charity work in Africa where he and his wife, Ellen, help fund and develop an orphanage for the impoverished children of Zambia. Kershaw also shows off his skills in ping pong, dominating in a match against Bensinger. 
Check out a promo video of the interview below.

YouTube Link:

Heck, there are a bunch of other snippets from the interview available at Yahoo Sports right now.  Below are some additional links.
  • Link: With Kershaw’s contract ending after the 2014 season, the Dodgers are working to re-sign their star ace.  Bensinger asks: “How about the likelihood that you re-sign with the Dodgers?”  Kershaw responds: “I'm open to anything… I'm going to be in LA and I'm really looking forward to that…after that, I really don't know what's going to happen, we'll see.”  Bensinger continues: “It's been reported that (the) Dodgers offered you a 300-million dollar contract.”  Kershaw: “I can't even--can't even imagine what that would be like…I think a great magnitude of how much wealth you have is how many people you can help with that.”  Link:
  • Link: The Dodgers’ loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 National League Championship Series was particularly difficult for Kershaw: “It was pretty tough…any time every season ends, it's no fun…when you’re--I mean, the reason why it ends, it's also not a great feeling.”  Bensinger asks how long it took to get over the loss.  Kershaw replies: “I don't know.  I'll let you know when I get there.”  Link
  • Link: Bensinger asks Kershaw how satisfying it is to win the Cy Young Award. Kershaw: “You never expect to win anything like that, you know, growing up you always think about trying to make it to the Big Leagues…it's really a huge honor.”  But he admits that winning the award was important to him: “To be associated, be a finalist is pretty cool in itself.  But once you get to that point obviously you want to win…So, you know, I guess there's a little bit of disappointment if you don't win.”  Link:
  • Link:  Kershaw recalls his Major League debut with the Dodgers and an embarrassing moment involving teammate Jason Schmidt: “I kind of just reach into the locker and grab what I thought was my Jersey and it happened--it happened to be his…So he told everybody in the clubhouse not to say anything… the national anthem starts…they pull up on my face and they go straight to the back and it says Schmidt 29 on it…I mean, the whole team was just cracking up.” 
  • Link:  Bensinger jokes with Kershaw about some of his pre-game rituals including the pop music he listens to before a game: “I asked some of your teammates and I heard it was, you know, in addition to Beyoncé…. Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne.  Those are the--those are the go tunes. Kershaw fesses up: “They're all classics. They really are good songs.  Link
  • Link:  Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, head up the Kershaw’s Challenge charity, which helps impoverished African children in the country of Zambia. Kershaw recalls his first impression: “You understand that Africa is a third world country, but until you go over there and you see the living conditions of some of these people living in, it is--it touches you.” Ellen immediately formed a special bond with a particular little girl, Hope: “We started sponsoring her.  And, you know, we were--we were able to get her some food and some medication.  She's HIV positive and, you know, she just needed her meds.”  Link:
  • Link: And, Kershaw plays Graham in a friendly game of ping pong.  But when it appears that Kershaw is taking it easy on his opponent, he displays the same competitive spirit as when he is on the mound: “I don’t give points away, not even to a fourth grader. They gotta learn the hard way.”  Link:
This appears to be one of the more in-depth interviews Kershaw has ever given, and really provides some insight into what's on his mind.  He strikes me as super-competitive, thoughtful and savvy.  As for the contract negotiations with the Dodgers, something tells me he's in full control of whatever discussions are currently going on, and is playing it perfectly. 

Will he stay in Dodger Blue?  I hope so, and I think it's fair to say he'll favor the Dodgers, but he also knows their are other options out there for him, and he sees no reason for him not to explore them.  Fortunately, I didn't didn't get the impression that he was greedy, but I do believe he'll seek the richest deal possible; if only to have more funds to use for good works.

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Blog Kiosk: 12/6/2013 - Dodgers Links - Mattingly, Belisario Signs with White Sox and Kershaw Happy Wilson is Coming Back

What a great photo.  Check out Vin Scully playing basketball with neighborhood kids in Bogota, New Jersey, 1956.  The photo was tweeted by @VinScullyTweet.  You should really follow them.  They constantly tweet photos, links and quotes related to Vin Scully.  Go here.

  • Jaime Jarrin feels good about Juan Uribe staying with the Dodgers, via a tweet he put up yesterday.  Roughly translated, it says "I have a hunch the Dodgers will keep Juan Uribe.  Don't be surprised if they agree to a contract today."  Obviously, that didn't happen, but stay tuned.  It could happen at any time.

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