Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Look at the Various Topps 2016 Vin Scully Autograph Cards

Today is Vin Scully's 89th birthday, so I figured I'd take a moment to look back at the handful of Vin Scully Baseball cards, all of them autographed, that were made this year.  Check them out above and below.

As you may know, if you wanted a Vin Scully card you were mostly out of luck.  For much of his career the only Scully memorabilia available were either team issued postcards or the various different records and Union 76 premiums.  Then in 2012 and 2013 Panini America made a few cards to satisfy a thirsty public.  Go here to see them and for a complete card checklist.

Then in 2016 Topps decided it was time to make their very first Vin Scully cards.  In August they announced a Vin Scully autograph in the 2016 Topps "The Mint" set (#G10A-VS Vin Scully, see above) -- available only with a redemption card.  A couple of months later, they released their second Scully card that would be found in Topps 2016 Five Star set (#FSA-VS Vin Scully, see below) -- also available only through a redemption card. 

After a month or two of waiting, collectors now have these cards in hand.  Check them out here in all their glory.

BTW, the "The Mint" card have been selling from between $400 to $700 on eBay.  The "Five Star" card has been selling for about the same price, maybe a bit less.

UPDATE:  There is now a third Vin Scully autographed card available from Topps this year.  It can only be found in 2016 Topps Transcendent.  Check out what it looks like below.

#TCA-VS Vin Scully

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2016 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary Edition - All the Dodgers Cards

Following up on that Target exclusive Holiday Baseball card box, here is Walmart's version featuring a brand new set.  Featured here is Topps 2016 Archives 65th Anniversary Edition cards.  This was released only at Walmart stores on November 23rd.  Go here for a complete checklist.

As you can see, these cards feature reprints of the rookie cards for 65 ballplayers both playing and retired.  So, the front of the base cards are nothing new.  The reverse, on the other hand, all feature card backs reminiscent of the 1975 Topps Baseball card set.

There are six Dodgers in the base set, as well as, four different variations available.  Unfortunately, I have not yet seen the variation cards for Kenta Maeda or Sandy Koufax.  I will add those once they pop up.


#A65-CK Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 11/29/2016 - Dodgers Links - Bellinger, Candelario, Younginer and Vin Scully's Birthday

Spring training is in full swing in the vintage photo above, originally taken by legendary Dodger photographer Barney Stein in 1953. (eBay auction link here)  As you can see, a large group of players are in the midst of some calisthenics.  On a side note, this reminds me of that famous Life Magazine cover from 1948 featuring just as many Dodger rookies (see that on the right).

Below are more links to check out:
  • Happy Birthday, Brian Holton and Vin Scully!
  • This is horrible.  Via BBC News, "Brazil's Chapecoense football team in Colombia plane crash."  My deepest condolences to family, friends and fans of all those who have perished.  I still remember when former LA Kings forward Pavol Demitra and most of his entire hockey team from Lokomotiv died in a 2011 plane crash in Russia.  It was a bit gut-wrenching.