Monday, December 11, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 12/11/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here's another vintage photograph from taken by legendary Dodgers photographer Barney Stein, circa 1949, of the Dodgers Ebbets Field "Sym-Phony Band" that is currently at auction at RMY (link here).

Below are more links to check out:

Friday, December 08, 2017

2017 Panini Elite Extra Edition - All the Dodgers Cards

2017 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball, released this past Wednesday, is their answer to Topps 2017 Bowman Draft brand released on the same day. It features a whole bunch of prospects; including the Dodgers first three draft picks from this year -- Jeren Kendall, Morgan Cooper and Connor Wong. Go here for a complete checklist.

Notably, this set also has cards of Jose Miguel Fernandez available in packs -- he was released by the club just three weeks ago.

Base

#23 Jeren Kendall


#62 Morgan Cooper           #81 Tim Locastro

Blog Kiosk: 12/8/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


A clearly concerned Don Newcombe looks on as Phillies third-baseman Willie Jones receives emergency treatment after being hit in the head by a fastball during a spring training game in Clearwater, FL. The vintage UPI press photo is from March 27, 1956, and is currently at auction on eBay.

Below are more links to check out:

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: A Clipper and a King at the LA Auto Show

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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There will be several athletes meeting with fans at the LA Auto Show this weekend at the LA Convention Center. Go here for a listing of Events & Appearances at the show.

2017 Bowman Draft - All the Dodgers Cards

Topps newest set to hit store shelves is their 2017 Bowman Draft brand. As always, these cards include some of the very first cards of kids drafted in 2017. Of the seven Dodgers in the base set three were drafted just this past summer -- Morgan Cooper (2nd rd), Connor Wong (3rd rd) and James Marinan (4th rd). Go here for a complete checklist. Below are all of the Dodgers' cards.

Base & Base Chrome

Normal Base                        Base Chrome
#BD-30 Morgan Cooper      #BDC-30 Morgan Cooper



Blog Kiosk: 12/7/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


As painful this photo may be, I believe it's something that must be shared. Heck, I'd be surprised if this image has ever been widely seen. Featured above is an original Barney Stein photograph, currently at auction at RMY, that shows four Dodger employees dumping boxes full of unused 1951 World Series tickets into what looks like a furnace at Ebbets Field. (auction link)

As you may recall, this was the year Giants cheater Bobby Thompson walloped a walk-off home run off Ralph Branca to end the Dodgers hopes of a championship. Unfortunately, we don't know who the person's pictured are (if you know, please pass that along). We do know that the three chaps in work uniforms are Ebbets Field employees -- likely concessionaires, ticket takers, etc. Just take a gander at the chest of the fellow on the far right. It features Dodgers on his nameplate.

Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 12/6/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Just awesome!

Above is an original 1958 Spring Training photograph taken by the legendary Barney Stein currently on auction at RMY (auction link). As you can see, it features the entire team, and it is purported to be the very first team photo of the newly minted Los Angeles Dodgers. As you know, the club would play in LA for the first time that season.

I've personally placed a bid on this photograph, but have little hope I'll walk away with it. This auction just opened up and it already has six bids. I suspect it'll sell for far more than I am willing to pay. That said, there are a bunch of great vintage pics in the auction, so stay tuned as I highlight other favorites I run into.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1960 actor Gene Autry is awarded an American League Los Angeles franchise that would be known as the Angels -- borrowing. In 1973 the Dodgers traded Claude Osteen and Dave Culpepper to the Astros for outfielder Jim Wynn. Wynn would go on to have a stellar year the following season in Los Angeles. He slashed .271/.387/.497/.884 with 32 homers and 108 RBI's, and would come in at fifth place in MVP voting. In 2006 the Dodgers signed free agent pitcher Jason SchmidtIn 2007 signed free agent outfielder Andruw Jones.  
  • Happy Birthday, Tony LazzeriTommy Brown & Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

2017 Topps Dynasty - The Dodgers Cards

Released a couple of weeks back, I am only know able to share some of the Dodger cards found in boxes of Topps 2017 Dynasty set. This is a high-end brand that will cost you about $300 for one box, and there is only one card in the box. So, this is very pricey. On the plus side, you are guaranteed an on-card autograph. Go here for a complete checklist.

For Dodger fans only the cards of Kenta Maeda and Mike Piazza are inserted into packs. Clayton Kersahw, Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger cards can only be found as a redemption.

Kenta Maeda

#AP-KM1 Kenta Maeda            #AP-KM2 Kenta Maeda

Blog Kiosk: 12/5/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Even ballplayers love chasing after autographs.

Featured above is a vintage, dated October 13, 1965, UPI press photo of Dodger outfielder "Sweet" Lou Johnson flagging down soon-to-be Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew for his John Hancock prior to game 6 of the World Series. (eBay auction link) Per the descriptor at the top:
Metropolitan Stadium: Autograph hunter is Dodger outfielder Lou Johnson's pregame role as he seeks signature of Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew here. Johnson had just entered the park and was en route to dressing room when he met Killebrew.
As you may know, the Dodgers would win this World Series the following day -- a game 7 match-up that saw Sandy Koufax throw a three-pitch shutout. BTW, Lou Johnson also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning of that game 7 to score the eventual winning run. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1973 the Dodgers traded outfielder Willie Davis to the Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall.  Dr. Marshall, as he is known, went on to win the NL Cy Young Award that next season.  He pitched in 106 games, finished 83 of them and recorded a league high 21 saves as a reliever. In 2011 the Dodgers signed free agent utilityman Jerry Hairston to a two-year $6 million contract. He would soon thereafter retire and join the Dodgers broadcast crew.
  • Happy Birthday, Gus MancusoDon PadgettSteve Rachunok, Raleigh AitchisonBilly Shindle & Ray Moss! 

Monday, December 04, 2017

2017 Panini Cyber Monday - The Dodgers Cards

As a part of Panini America's Cyber Monday promotion they issued Cyber Monday packs to case-breakers only. So, this was a very limited release to only those who open up a ton of material (specifically, 2017 Immaculate Baseball & 2017 Rookies & Stars Football brands).

There is a 50-card base set, as well as, relic and autograph cards in packs. Go here for more information. Unfortunately, a complete checklist has not yet been compiled, but I do know there is at least one Dodger player available. It is of Cody Bellinger, and I have pics of both his base and relic cards below. I suspect there is also an autographed version available, but it has yet to pop up anywhere.

Cyber Monday Base

#Cody Bellinger

#Cody Bellinger - Cyber Monday Materials

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Blog Kiosk: 12/4/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Weekend Odds and Ends


Justin Turner came out over the weekend to support the Chargers.

Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:

Friday, December 01, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 12/1/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I absolutely love this photo. Per the descriptor on the reverse:
So you think the Dodgers might have some pennant jitters? Well, you couldn't tell by the looks of this carefree group of Sandy Koufax (l), Maury Wills (r) and Don Drysdale (shirtless background) tossing a football around a hallway outside the Dodger locker room before their game with the Cardinals here 9/26/1966. Wet weather prevented batting and infield practice before the game, but this trio of Dodger aces showed their unconcern by finding a football and throwing a few passes to each other.
You can check out the eBay listing for this vintage 1966 UPI Press Photo here. Below are more links to check:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

2017 Panini Chronicles - All the Dodgers Insert Cards

Earlier this week I shared pics of the 2017 Chronicles Dodgers' base cards. Now, here are the rest of the Dodger cards you can find in packs. Please note that the numbering that Panini provides (seen below) for their inserts are entirely inaccurate. They provide just a general listing.

Chronicles Autographs

  • #2 Cody Bellinger -- Not Yet Seen -- May Be Redemption
#45 Corey Seager              #49 Joc Pederson

Blog Kiosk: 11/30/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Yesterday was quite a day for our retired poet laureate. Not only did Vin Scully turn the emerald age of 90, but he celebrated it by dedicating a brand new statue in Jackie Robinson's honor at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The statue was gifted by Alba and Thomas Tull’s Tull Family Foundation, who produced the film "42". Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I believe, in retrospect, he was the most courageous athlete I’ve ever met,” Scully said. 
Scully said he’ll never forget how kindly Robinson treated him from the first time he met him, and Scully always felt after that he could go up and talk to Robinson at any time, day or night. He added that Robinson never had a fear of failure, and he still marvels at the fact that Robinson stole home 19 times. 
“He will live forever,” Scully said.
On his own longevity, per Tom Hoffarth at the OC Register:
“I don’t believe I’ve ever had any profound wisdom to give to the world at any time,” he said with a laugh. “It’s just been wonderful and I’ve really enjoyed my life and all the blessings God has given, as well as the pain that comes with it. It all makes for your life, right?”
Photos above via the Rose Bowl on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1952, on a local NBC TV program called "Youth Wants to Know," Jackie Robinson charged that the New York Yankees management is racist for its failure to scout, sign and bring up a black players. George Weiss of the Yanks denied the allegations, saying that the team welcomed black ballplayers, "good enough to make the team." (The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 12/1/1952, p. 11)  Elston Howard would become New York's first black player in 1955. In 2010 the Dodgers signed free agent infielder Juan Uribe to a three-year $21 Million contract.
  • Happy Birthday, Tacks LatimerWin BallouGary Wayne, Clyde Sukeforth & Shane Victorino! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Ralph Branca Collection at Hunt Auctions

Ralph Branca is a name all Dodger fans know. He had spent much of his professional Baseball career in Brooklyn, having started as an 18-year old teenager in 1944 out of Mount Vernon, NY, and went on to witness some of the most important events in the clubs history. Heck, he was a part of much of it. So, when I first saw this group 42 items from the personal collection of Ralph Branca at Hunt Auctions I had to take note.  Featured here are a handful of items that recently sold through Hunt that I wanted to share.

Branca's last All-Star game appearance was in 1949, and shown above is an presentational box given to all National League All-Stars that year. (Auction Link) This item sold for $1,800.

These next two items are not only adorable, but also extremely unique. Heck, one of a kind.

Welcome to the Blue, Pat Venditte!


Spring is already guaranteed to be a strange one -- not because of any expected chatter about their missed opportunities in the World Series. Rather, this upcoming Spring Training figures on being weird because we apparently just signed an ambidextrous relief pitcher named Pat Venditte.
You heard that right.

Blog Kiosk: 11/29/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


What the heck is this?

Given that today is Vin Scully's 90th birthday I thought I would start off the morning with something I ran into on eBay recently. Above are commemorate Dodger Stadium and Vin Scully coins given away by 76 gas stations this year (much like the handful of pins they sent to fans the past couple years). This is the first I've heard of this promotion, so I am unsure if this is still going on, or is over. I guess I'll have to track down a 76 Station to find out. If you happen to know please pass that along.

Below are more links to check out:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2017 Panini Chronicles - The Dodgers Base Cards

Panini America's newest Baseball card brand hit the stores last week. It is called 2017 Chronicles and it is basically a mashup of several different Panini product lines under one card brand. For instance, you can find Absolute, Prizm, Spectra and Donruss inserts in packs. There are Chronicle specific cards available, as well.

Featured below are the five different Dodgers' Chronicles base cards. Go here for a complete checklist.

Base

#22 Corey Seager                           #69 Clayton Kershaw

2017 Topps Now -- Postseason Dodgers Bonus Card #2 -- Kiké's Big Day


At long last, the 2017 Topps Now Dodgers Postseason set is complete.

Blog Kiosk: 11/28/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has just opened up a new program called, "Dodgers Foundation Blue Circle." A donation will support their mission to create opportunities for children in need through programs that focus on engaging kids in sports, helping kids stay active, and promoting academic success. On top of that, you can get some cool giveaways depending on the level of your donation. Go here for more information.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1950 Burt Shotten is fired as manager of the Dodgers.  Chuck Dressen, who was managing the Oakland Oaks of the PCL, is named as his replacement. In 1969 second baseman Ted Sizemore is named the NL Rookie of the Year. He became the seventh Dodger to win the award. In 1970 starting pitcher Rick Sutcliffe is named the NL Rookie of the Year. He received 20 of 24 first-place votes.
  • Happy Birthday, Jose ParraKen HowellFrank O'Rourke & Pedro Astacio!

Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 Bowman Holiday -- All the Dodgers Cards

Here is a look at the Bowman version of Topps' "Holiday" Baseball card products that are now available. This particular brand is exclusively available at local sports card hobby shops around the country and it focuses, as Bowman is wont to do, on up 'n comin' youngsters in the farm. Go here for a complete checklist.

Starting this past November 17th participating shops, while supplies last, gave away free packs of these Bowman "Holiday" cards with the purchase of $10 or more. I am unsure if any of these packs are still available anywhere.

Base Prospects

#TH-AS Andrew Sopko         #TH-AV Alex Verdugo

2017 Topps Holiday - All the Dodgers Cards

The holidays are officially here, and so are Topps' winter season holiday exclusive retail packs. First up is their flagship "Holiday" set that is exclusively available at Walmart. The base "Holiday" set consist of 200 cards and they all come with a snowflake background to celebrate the season. Go here for a complete checklist.

There are eight Dodgers' in the base set, and all of them, with the exception of Cody Bellinger, feature a carbon copy of the flagship version of their card. The Bellinger "Holiday" card, on the other hand, uses a brand new/different photo than they've used before. Furthermore, there are autographed cards of both Bellinger and Corey Seager available, but they can be found only as a redemption.

Base Snowflakes

#HMW48 Yasiel Puig        #HMW75 Clayton Kershaw

2017 Topps Now - Cody Bellinger 2017 NL ROY Award Poster


I know I'm a bit late with this post, so apologize for that. Fortunately, I'm not so late that you couldn't place an order if you wanted to. Featured here is an 11" x 17" poster sized Baseball card of Cody Bellinger, and it celebrates the recent announcement of his winning the "Rookie of the Year" award a couple weeks ago. Go here to check it out and order. At just $19.99 it's affordable, but I wouldn't count it as being potentially rare or limited. I suspect that at least a couple of thousand will be produced -- which would kill scarcity. Nevertheless, I think it would look really great if you can get him to autograph it.

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2017 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball - All the Dodgers Cards

The always prospect heavy Leaf Metal Draft Baseball brand is back from Leaf, and it includes three Dodger youngsters to chase after. First, they include an autographed Cody Bellinger card. Unfortunately, it is only available as a redemption. You will also find autographed cards of Jeren Kendall, the clubs 2017 1st round draft pick, and Edwin Rios. Rios is a 23-year old late-coming slugger who seems likely to be LA bound at some point next season. In 2017 he slashed a collective .309/.362/.533/.895 with 24 homers and 91 RBI's at both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Go here for a complete checklist.

Base Autographs

  • #BA-CB1 Cody Bellinger -- Redemption Card
#BA-ER1 Edwin Rios          #BA-JK1 Jeren Kendall

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Blog Kiosk: 11/27/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I would like to extend a hearty Blue Heaven congratulations to Dodgers hurler Alex Wood. Over the weekend he tied the knot in what looks like a gala affair. Check out what I mean in the photo above that was shared by Alex on Instagram.

On a side note, this recent marriage adds to my desire that the club should briefly rename the club the "Bridegrooms" for one game next year - just to celebrate not only the Dodgers past, but also the individual futures of our players.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1953 Roy Campanella is the named the National League MVP for the second time in his career. He slashed .312/.395/.611/1.006 with 41 homer runs, a league leading 142 RBI's and recorded 7.1 WAR. In 1956 Don Newcombe was awarded the inaugural Cy Young Award, going 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA. A week prior he was given both the MVP and Rookiw of the Year Awards; thereby becoming the first and only player to win all three major awards for a pitcher in one season.
  • Happy Birthday, Jimmy SchmitzMike SciosciaJimmy Rollins!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 11/22/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Kenley Jansen has been spending this winter back home in Curaçao -- hangin' with the kids. Photo above via Jansen on twitter.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1954 the Pittsburgh Pirates took future Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente in the Rule 5 Draft from the Brooklyn Dodgers. As the story goes, the Dodgers had no room for the bonus baby signee on the team roster, so tried to hide him in the minors -- hoping nobody would notice him. Alas, former Dodger GM Branch Rickey spotted him and took Roberto out from under us. In 1977 the Dodgers signed the very first free agent in their history. It is former AL saves leader Terry Forster, who signed a five-year $850,000 contract ($150,000 per season + $100,000 signing bonus). In 1982 Dodger second baseman Steve Sax is named the NL Rookie of the Year.  He is the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the award. In 2006 the Dodgers signed free agent outfielder Juan Pierre to a five year $44 million contract. In 2016 President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to broadcaster Vin Scully. You can watch the presentation of the award to Vin here.
  • Happy Birthday, Ricky WrightRicky Ledée!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2017 Topps Gallery - All the Dodgers Cards

Topps Gallery Baseball card brand is back, and it's an Walmart exclusive product. Below are all of the Dodger cards that can be found. Go here for a complete checklist.

Base

#26 Yu Darvish                #53 Kenta Maeda

#62 Yasmani Grandal          #100 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 11/21/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


With Black Friday just around the corner I, like much of America, will be spending some time online finding some deals. In order to entice collectors to visit and order from Topps on Black Friday weekend they are offering a special shopping bonus.

The first 1,000 orders for each day over the shopping weekend will receive one of four limited edition Topps Now cards. Blowout Buzz has some details:
The promos will be player-specific to certain days — Aaron Judge (Friday), Mike Trout (Saturday), Carlos Correa (Sunday) and Cody Bellinger (Monday) — and one card will be included with the first 1,000 orders on Topps.com each day. 
There was no posted minimum purchase to receive a card as part of the promotion.
Below are more links to check out:

Monday, November 20, 2017

2017 Topps Luminaries - All the Dodgers Cards

A couple weeks ago Topps released a brand new card product called "Luminaries". It is a super-premium set that features no base cards, and includes only a single encapsulated on-card autographed card in each box for about $200. Go here for a complete checklist.

There are a bunch of different Corey Seager cards available to chase after. Check out most of them below.

Hit Kings Autographs

#HK-CS Corey Seager                #HK-CSE Corey Seager

Hit Kings Autograph Relics

#HKR-CS Corey Seager