Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2013 Topps Five Star Baseball - The Dodgers Base Cards

Last week, Topps released their newest Baseball card set.  It is called 2013 Topps Five Star, and it is pricey.  Unopened boxes cost from $350.00 to $400.00 a piece, and you get only 6 cards in the box. On the other hand, you are guaranteed 4 autographed cards and a premium relic per box.  So, you often get your money's worth.   

There are 5 Dodgers within the 100 card base set.  Check them all out below.  I'll put up pics of the Dodgers' autographed and relic cards in the next few days.

Base Set

#41 Clayton Kershaw                                #60 Yasiel Puig

#80 Adrian Gonzalez                             #90 Sandy Koufax

#98 Matt Kemp

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Meeting Fernando and Maury on Saturday - Fan Photos from the Mall Tour

A great tradition continued this winter as the Dodgers hosted their 2013 Holiday Mall Tour throughout Southern California.  Fans came out in droves to celebrate Dodger fandom, and to greet their favorite Dodger legends.

This past weekend the Dodger tour went to Arcadia, and Blue Heaven reader David was kind enough to share some photos from the event.  Thank you, David!  BTW, Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo was also there.  Check out his pics at this link.

As you know, the weather was less than wonderful on Saturday, so Dodger fans had to brave the cold and rain.  As David notes, that did not deter fans.
It was my first ever Dodger mall tour event. I didn't know what to expect so we got to the mall around 8am. There was probably 75 people in line already. It rained off and on the whole time we were there. Time didn't drag on because when your with Baseball fans there's a lot to talk about. The signing started around 11 and it took us 50 minutes to get to the front of the line. We got our autographs and and had some fun in the Dodger photo booth 
That's what I call devotion.  For an 11:00 AM signing fans started getting in line before 8:00 AM.  Wow!

Below are some pics.  As you can see, there was a ton of Blue.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

Here's Fernando signing at the booth.

And here is what David and his son got signed.

BTW, David's day was not done. 
Our next stop we went to Frank and Sons to get Maury Wills. That was great too. Wills was awesome and he spent about 10 minutes talking to my son JT.
Class act, Wills is.  Below is a pic with Maury Wills and David's son, JT.  Thanks again, David!

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Blog Kiosk: 12/10/2013 - Dodgers Links - Joe Torre Going to the Hall, Kasten on the Dodgers and Moving On from Uribe?

Check out this spectaular photo found on Reddit.  It is from a April 25, 1965 ballgame between the Dodgers and Phillies.  Willie Davis is captured by a well hidden camera sliding into 2nd base.  Photo by Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images. 
“This year, I think we’re more into fine tuning,” Kasten said. “That doesn’t mean we won’t be opportunistic if some opportunity presents itself, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if we went through the whole winter without doing a big deal.” 
  • Mark Saxon also writes, "Dodgers prepared to move on from Juan Uribe".  Uribe is apparently testing the Dodger patience when it comes to their negotiations.
“Everybody can go do what they want to go do,” Colletti said. “Hopefully, this week we’ll have more conversations with them and at least get an update on their position. I’m in need of an update on their position.” 
  • Via Roger Schlueter at MLB.com, "Kershaw's greatness reaching historic levels".
  • Ken Gurnick at MLB.com writes, "D-backs' Gibson explains Ellis comment".
  • Teenage hurler Takumi Numata of Japan visited Dodger Stadium yesterday.  Apparently, he took a tour of the facilities and had a physical.  It's possible that he'll soon sign with the Dodgers.  He shared a pic of himself at Dodger Stadium that you can see here.  In case you forgot, he agreed to sign with the Dodgers earlier in the year, circumventing Japanese Amateur Baseball Association rules, which earned him a lifetime suspension from that league.  
  • Luke Adams at MLB Trade Rumors has a rundown of all the various rumors and gossip stories surrounding the Dodgers.  I have little patience for this kind of stuff, but if you're interested in the hot stove you should go there.

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