Thursday, January 16, 2014

Kershaw Earns the Games Richest Contract, so why not Show his Richest Card

With Clayton Kershaw being the rage these past 24 hours, I though it would be interesting to feature his most sought after Baseball card.

Shown on the right is the Clayton Kershaw 2006 Bowman Chrome Autographed Superfractor '1 of 1' rookie Baseball card.

I had noticed its availability in the early part of 2012 on eBay.  It had a 'Buy It Now' price of $17,500.00 at the time, but did not sell.  If you look at the auction listing today, though.  You will notice that it now states that the card is no longer available from the owner, so it appears likely that it has since sold at an undisclosed value. 

Considering Kershaw's dominance on the mound and the consensus of just about every observer of the game that he is the best there is, I think it's fair to say that this card should be the most expensive Superfractor on the market.

In the past, Superfractors have sold for thousands of dollars.  In May of 2010 the Stephen Stasburg 2010 Bowman Chrome Superfractor sold on eBay for $16,403.  Then, that same Strasburg resold soon after at $21,403.  The 2010 Bowman Team USA Bryce Harper Superfractor sold for $12,500 in 2010.  The 2013 Bowman Chrome Yasiel Puig autographed Superfractor was recently listed on eBay at $34,999.99, and has been sold at an undisclosed price.

There's no telling what a collector would pay for the above Kershaw card.  All I know is that it should eclipse in value any other Superfractor card sold so far.

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A Couple of Dodgers Game-Used Bats at Goldin Auctions - Jackie and Yasiel

Goldin is currently running their Winter 2014 auction and it includes a couple of game-used bats I thought worth mentioning.  Check them out below.
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Do you recognize this bad boy?

Featured here is a Yasiel Puig game-used bat that was used during the 2013 season.  It is uncracked, and exhibits all of the markings and characteristics you would expect to find. 

It still amazes me how large of an impact Puig has had on the hobby.  His Baseball cards sell for crazy money, and so does his game-used memorabilia.  With over 20 days left to bid, this bat is already priced at over $1,000.00.  Wow!
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Now, this next bat is something that should find its way into a museum.  To Dodger fans its like a holy relic that must be shared with the masses.

Featured below is a, circa 1955-56, game-used bat that was once held by Jackie Robinson.  It has some incredible provenance, and even features Jackie's number scrawled on the bat knob.  This is an extremely rare characteristic for a Robinson bat. At the time of this posting it is already priced at above $53,000.00.
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From the auction description:
On Sunday April 29th, 1956, a proud father took his young son to Ebbets Field to see his very first baseball game. It's a time-honored tradition likely beginning during the infancy of professional baseball, and this American rite of passage has seamlessly transitioned through today. This particular boy, named Walter, was reeling in bliss anticipating seeing his favorite team and defending World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates that afternoon.

What was so special, so extraordinary about that day in 1956 was what happened during the first game. During the 7th inning stretch, Walter's father guided him down to the first row of seats behind the Dodgers dugout. There, waiting just for them, stood Walter's hero: Jackie Robinson. Shocked to say the least, the boy shook the hand of the man who integrated the game less than 10 years before and listened intently as Jackie imparted a few words of philosophical advice. With the game ready to resume, Jackie handed Walter a personalized photograph and one of his game used bats. As Walter sat clutching his hero's bat, he watched as Robinson walked up to the plate later that inning and launched a Bob Friend fastball into the stands for a home run. Though his beloved Dodgers dropped both games to the Pirates that afternoon, the bat and memories he received from one of history's greatest men lasted a lifetime.

In the stands that day at Ebbets Field, there were most likely many fathers taking their sons to their first ballgame, but Walter wasn't just any ordinary boy and his father wasn't just any father. Walter is Walter Blount III, son of Walter Blount, Jr., who founded the Nyack, NY chapter of the NAACP in 1928. Like Jackie Robinson, the pursuit of racial equality ran through the Blount's blood, and his dogged pursuance of racial equality manifested itself in his son Walter Blount, Jr. After devoting five years of his life fighting for his country, Walter Jr. challenged the American Legion's racial policy when he was denied admittance to his local Legion post. It was Blount's close family connections with the early civil rights movement that made his son's unforgettable meeting with Jackie Robinson possible.
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Blue Heaven Blog Contest... And the Winner is....

Once again, I'd like to say 'Thank You' to everyone who reads this blog.  I have a lot of fun with it, and I really appreciate those who come by every so often.

Now, as you know I started a contest last week where one lucky person would win the above SGC 96 graded 1990 Bowman Frank Thomas rookie card.  Well, that contest ended last night, and I now have your winner.

Congratulations, Alex Markle

Alex is the proprietor of a Dodger collector blog called Chavez Ravining, and he constantly has his own contest.  So, it's nice that (for a change) he is a winner of one.

Again, thank you all for coming by.

Below is a complete view of the entire randomized list.  And, below that is a rundown of all the participants and the number of entry tickets.

DodgerPenguin 13
Aus 2
Jesse in Section117 1
Dhoff 1
Superduperman99 1
Koufax Kid 3
Spiegel83 2
Steve Gierman 8
Skroeker 1
Daniel Wilson 3
Swing And A Pop-up 2
Johngy 5
Thomas Glover 3
Greg Zakwin 6

Alex Markle 5
714~DODGER                           3
John Mullarkey (FB)                  1

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Blog Kiosk: 1/16/2014 - Dodgers Links - Some Kershaw Links and the Dodgers TV Deal Approved!

Matt Kemp is working hard to get back into playing shape.  Beastmode, indeed!  Pic via @Dodgers twitter- via Kemp's instagram.
The channel also will air every regular-season game (except those selected for national Fox or ESPN broadcasts) and programs featuring player profiles and behind-the-scenes activities. Although SportsNet LA does not carry the Dodgers name, Kasten said there are no plans for other sports -- or any other programming -- on the channel.

“For the first time ever, there is going to be a Dodger-only channel with Dodger-only content 24-7,” he said.

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