Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 Topps Now - #741 & #742 - Bellinger and the Dodgers Sweep Arizona

Although far from being his best three-game stretch in his young career, Cody Bellinger did more than enough to ink a series victory for the Dodgers last night. Not only did he belt his first postseason homer of his career, to break Seager's franchise record for being the youngest to have done so, but also made several spectacular defensive plays to keep the diamondbacks at bay. As you might have guessed, a 2017 Topps Now card has been issued to commemorate his fantastic evening. Go here to check it out and order. Per AJ Cassavell at MLB.com:
When he popped up with men in scoring position in his second at-bat, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Bellinger aside and had some advice: "Don't do too much." 
"I was pressing a little bit, trying to do too much with every pitch," Bellinger said. "They were pitching to my aggressiveness. It's hard to hit like that." 
Sure enough, Bellinger was patient enough to work himself a 3-1 count against Zack Greinke, who left a pitch on the outer half of the plate. Bellinger crushed it to the opposite field, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
As you can see, the reverse of the card (on the right) features his life-defying catch over the railing of the Dodgers dugout to record the third out of the fifth inning.

BTW, there were six different game-used base and autograph Cody Bellinger relic cards available from Topps Now. Unfortunately, as of this writing they are all now sold out. You can check out pics of these cards at the very bottom.

The second Topps Now card issued celebrates the Dodgers first leg of their quest to win a World Championship. This card encapsulates all that is great about this club. They are a team to reckoned with and the gentlemen shown here had a lot to do with where we are today. You can easily see Chase Utley (far left), Yu Darvish (jumping in the air like a Banshee), Cody Bellinger, Kenley Jansen (in a full embrace) and Clayton Kershaw (who's all smiles). Go here to check it out and order. Per the description on the reverse:
The Los Angeles Dodgers needed just three games to advance to the National League Championship Series as they completed the three game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS. The Dodgers are heading to their second consecutive NLCS and will face the winner of the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs Series.


Below is a look at the six different certified game-used base and autographed Cody Bellinger cards - now sold out - paired with the corresponding card numbers and sale prices. As I said, it is too late to order these cards. As has been the case all season long, these autograph/relic cards put out by Topps Now oftentimes sell-out with hours of their release. These Bellinger cards were sold out by noon, pacific time.

#741A (#/99 @ $79.99)                    #741B (#/49 @ $99.99)

The below relic cards also include a certified autograph, as well.

#741C (#/25 @ $499.99)                    #741D (#/10 @ $849.99)

#741E (#/5 @ $1,199.99)                    #741F (#/1 @ $2,999.99)

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