Friday, June 22, 2018

2018 Topps Series 2 - The Cody Bellinger Highlights Set

I made sure to leave the best for last. Featured here are pics of the epic 30-card Cody Bellinger Highlights set (both front and backs) found only in Target retail packs of 2018 Topps Series 2. The set goes through his entire rookie campaign -- starting with his mid-season call-up to his selection as the National League Rookie of the Year.

Clearly, this is a must-have for fans of Cody. Right now you can find individual cards being sold on eBay for just a buck or two, so completing a set can be done fairly cheaply. It'll just take some time and patience.

Cody Bellinger Highlights

CB-1 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers

CB-2 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers

Blog Kiosk: 6/22/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Licensed stock broker and current break-out hurler Ross Stripling visited the NYSE yesterday. Check out his brief interview with Cheddar Live as he discusses his current investments, here.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1936 Reds outfielder Ival Goodman hit a three-run home run at Ebbets Field that lands and stays on top of the Schaefer Beer scoreboard in right field. Ballpark rules at the time dictate that it is still considered in play, so Goodman rounded the bases for the easiest inside-the-park home run ever. In 1947 Reds pitcher Ewell Blackwell, after having thrown a no-hitter his last time out, lost out on throwing a second consecutive no-no when Dodgers second baseman Eddie Stanky single with one out in the ninth inning. In 1959 Sandy Koufax struck out 16 Phillies batters to set a new record for strikeouts in a night game. 
  • Happy BirthdayLuis Maza!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 Topps Home Run Challenge - The Cody Bellinger Card


There's a cool quirk found within packs of both Series 1 and 2 of Topps' flagship Baseball card set. They are the Home Run Challenge promotion cards, and as the name suggest these little lottery-styled tickets can earn its bearer a nice little prize if you can pick the day when said player hits a homer.

Blog Kiosk: 6/21/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Yesterday's 4-0 loss at the hands of the Cubs marked our first series loss since mid-May -- a string of nine straight. Fortunately, I don't feel so bad about it. For whatever reason, I can't help but think that nothing but sunny skies are in front of us. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"We're going to be somewhere in October," said Roberts. "I can't speak to the opponent, but we're going to be somewhere."
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"It was a fun series. Two good clubs, very evenly matched. The series could have gone either way. You're not going to win every series, but going into New York, we feel pretty good about ourselves."
Photo above of Chris Taylor via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. He had left the game early due to a hamstring issue. Per a Gurnick story:
"It wasn't a pull or anything, but after that play, there were a couple instances where it kind of grabbed. I don't expect to miss any playing days. If everything goes as planned, I think I should be in there."
Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 Topps Series 2 - Even More Dodgers Inserts

Here are the reminder of the Dodgers' Topps Series 2 insert cards found in packs -- with the exception of the 30-card Bellinger Highlight set that I plan to focus on tomorrow. Shown below are the 1983 Topps, Cut Signature, Future Stars, Instant Impact, Longball Legends, Own the Name Relics, Sketch, Home Run Challenge and Silver Pack Promotion cards.

1983 Topps Baseball

#83AS-12 Clayton Kershaw          #83AS-16 Cody Bellinger

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Dave Stewart and Manny Mota

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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Blog Kiosk: 6/20/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


What an eventful day.

Not only were Dodger fans treated to a double-header, we saw several ejections, a come-from-behind victory, a walk-off loss and then we witnessed a starting pitcher return to form from the DL. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
(Rich) Hill walked off the mound and let out a triumphant, cathartic yell. 
Hill left the game with a lead, one the Dodgers would lose along with the game 2–1, but it was a win in the sense that a vital Dodger starting pitcher came back strong and came out healthy. 
“His intensity was good, as always,” said manager Dave Roberts to SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo. “The fastball command, the curveball command — it was on point tonight. You hope to get something like that, but you never know what you’re going to get from a first start back from injury. But again, he was outstanding.”
The Dodgers won the first game, 4-3, on a game winning double by Kyle Farmer in the 9th inning to score two. Then they got beat in the 10th on a walk-off single, 2-1. Photo above of Rich Hill via Jon SooHoo/Los Amgeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1958 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Willie Davis out of Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles. In 2000 the Dodgers traded infielder Jose Vizcaino to the Yankees for catcher Jim LeyritzIn 2008 the Dodgers are awarded the Award of Excellence star, which is placed on the Walk of Fame, for their significant contributions to the community by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver best his younger brother Jered Weaver at Angels Stadium, 6-4. They become the eighth set of siblings to have started against one another. 
  • Happy Birthday, Luis AlcarazLarry SeePaul Bako & Juan Castro!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

2018 Panini Father’s Day - All the Dodgers Cards

This past weekend Panini America celebrated the paternal bond with a child by making a promotional Father's Day set available to collectors at local hobby shops. With the purchase of various unopened product you would receive a certain number of Father's Day packs to open. There is a 74 card base set, and it includes stars and rookies from five major sports -- baseball, basketball, football, soccer and NASCAR. There are also a bunch of inserts to chase after. Go here for a complete checklist. Below is a look at all the Dodger cards available.

Base

#11 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 6/19/2018 - Dodgers Links - Double Header Today!


After almost three hours yesterday's game was finally postponed due to both rain and a power outage at Wrigley Field. Per Bradford Doolittle at ESPN:
It rained heavily for a while but the storm passed, the tarp was rolled up and preparations began to get the field ready for play. The fans settled back into their seats, including a large contingent of a Dodgers fan club who occasionally broke into "Let's go Dodgers!" chants. 
However, the light banks atop the right-field roof of Wrigley had gone dark, leaving that side of the park dark, as well as sections on the opposite side of the field that the lights would have been illuminating. The work on the field finished but the lights remained out.
They will play a double-header today -- with the first game starting at 10:05 AM PST. Maeda will pitch the first game. Rich Hill will start game 2. BTW, Alanna Rizzo is reporting, via twitter, that the Dodgers 26th man for today's double-header is Brock Stewart. He is currently at the stadium.

Photo above of Rich Hill via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:

Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 Topps Series 2 - Dodgers' ML Material and Manufactured Patch Relic Inserts

Here's a look at three more Dodgers' inserts that can be found in packs of 2018 Topps Series 2 Baseball. Below we see the Major League Material Relics, the MLB All-Star Game Logo Manufactured Patch and MLB Independence Day U.S. Flag Manufactured Patch Relics.

It should be noted that the MLB Independence Day U.S. Flag Manufactured Patch Relics can only be found in the retail blaster boxes.

Major League Material Relics

#MLM-CE Corey Seager         #MLM-CK Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 6/18/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Happy belated Father's Day!

Pic above via Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1938 the Dodgers sign Babe Ruth to be their first base coach. He wears a Dodger uniform for the first time and took batting practice before the start of that days game (something he did prior to each game). In 1988 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Pedro MartínezIn 2014 Clayton Kershaw no-hit the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, 8-0. He recorded a career high 15 strike outs, no walks and missed a perfect game when Hanley Ramirez committed an error in the 7th inning. Watch Vin Scully's call here
  • Happy Birthday, Sandy Alomar!

Friday, June 15, 2018

A Duke Snider Painted Ball at Goldin Auctions


Check out this fantastic Duke Snider painted Baseball by modern-day pop artist Charles Fazzino. It is currently available on auction at Goldin Auctions (Auction Link).

It features a Snider autograph to go along with drawings highlighting his career. On one panel you see Duke stretching for a batted ball in the Ebbets Field outfield. Another panel celebrates his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

The more unique aspect of Fazzino's painted ball is how he incorporates a 3-D element into the Baseball. As you can see, the Brooklyn Dodgers logo "pops" out of the ball.

Below are more pics showing the other panels. Currently, the ball has an opening price of $800 with no takers, so far. 

2018 Topps Series 2 - Dodgers Inserts - Salute, Legends in the Making and MVP Medallion Relics

Now that you've seen the base cards, here is a look at some of the Dodgers' inserts you can find. Below are the Salute, Legends in the Making and MVP Medallion Relic cards.

Legends in the Making

#LITM-13 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 6/15/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Prior to yesterday's Second Annual Poker Tournament sponsored by Puig's Wild Horse Foundation, Vin Scully present Yasiel with an 2018 Inspiration Award.

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Giants Series Starts Friday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos
The next homestand starts on Friday against the San Francisco Giants. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
Frito Pie Extreme Dog
There are three new food items being made available for this entire homestand, and they are available at the On Deck Circle stand on Field Level section 48, Loge Level section 133 and Reserve Level section 4. First, in honor of Atlanta you can get the Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos which features Slow and low smoked chicken, smothered in house made sweet smokey barbecue sauce, served on top of triangle cut nacho chips, topped with green onions and cheddar cheese.
Turkey Pastrami Gravy Fries
The Texas new food item is a Frito Pie Extreme Dog that features an all beef hot dog, topped with fitos, chili, nacho cheese, diced onion, black beans, pickled jalapenos and sour cream.

The third food item honoring San Francisco series is an Turkey Pastrami Gravy Fries featuring crispy french fries, tossed in gourmet sea salt, topped with turkey pastrami, brown gravy and chopped parsley.
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2018 Pop Figurines -- Clayton Kershaw is Now Available


These Pop! figurines are the cutest damn things.

It had been announced earlier this year that Baseball was coming to Pop! Now, they are available to purchase. There's a whole bunch on eBay and I'm sure your local hobby shop will have your favorite players.

Blog Kiosk: 6/14/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


What a thrilling game.

Not only did we get a walk-off win in extras, but we also witnessed a collision at the plate -- something I feared had disappeared from the game. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"Blocking the plate, ran him over. Pretty much that simple. I was out. It was the shoving match we had [that earned the ejections]. It's not a big deal. Two guys shoving each other and then it's over, really. Not that big of a deal, honestly. You all want more? We play them again in August. I don't think there will be anything coming from it. I'm just happy we got the win.
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"He still has a right to the plate," said Roberts. "There's a collision right there. There was no intent. That's just hard-nosed baseball."
Old-school Baseball, baby! You can watch a replay of it here.

Photo above via a YahooSports article/AP. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game via Dodger Insider.Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1991 the Dodgers signed 17-year old amateur free agent pitcher Ismael Valdéz out of Victoria, Mexico. He would eventually play seven seasons in LA during an 12-year Major League career -- accumulating an 61-57 record, an 3.48 ERA, a 3.88 FIP and a WHIP of 1.235 as a Dodger. In 1993 the Dodgers play their very first game in Colorado against the expansion Rockies. Behind the pitching of Pedro Astacio, Los Angeles pounded out 12 hits (including a Jody Reed homer) to win the game, 9-4. In 1995 Dodger hurler Hideo Nomo struck out 16 Pirates to set an Dodgers all-time rookie record for strikeouts. 
  • Happy Birthday, Don Newcombe & Greg Brock!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Kenley Jansen and Tommy Lasorda

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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The Topps Living Set - #42 Jackie Robinson - Now Available


We now enter the 14th week of the Topps Living Baseball Set. So far, only one Dodger has been made available for sale. In mid-April Topps released the Chris Taylor card (see that here). This week, Topps is issuing the Jackie Robinson card, and as you might have guessed it is #42. See it above and below. Go here to check it out and order. It will only be available for direct online purchase from Topps over the next seven days.

2018 Topps Series 2 - All the Dodgers Base Cards

The Series 2 part of Topps 2018 flagship Baseball card set is now in stores. Check out all of the Dodgers' base and variation cards below. Go here for a complete checklist.

There are at least seven different Dodger photo variation cards available; including two Seager cards and a Legends Variations for both Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax. It is also notable that Andre Ethier is included in the base set -- possibly his last Dodger card.

Base

#364 Dodgers - Combo Cards

#369 Chris Taylor               #466 Tim Locastro

Blog Kiosk: 6/13/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


You can't stop this train!

Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Yasiel Puig all hit homers against the portly one, Bartolo Colon, last night to continue an offensice spurt that has seen the Dodgers go from ten games below .500 to games back to two games above. They now sit just three games back of the Diamondbacks. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"This energy, this confidence. Hitting is contagious," said Pederson. "It's a fun thing. Winning's fun."
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"I try not to think about it. It's hard not to," Muncy said of his torrid streak. "Games are a lot of fun right now. Everyone's feeling the momentum up and down the lineup."
Photo above of Yasiel Puig via Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1973 the famed Dodger infield of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey play on the field for the first time. Ten days later they would be inserted into the starting lineup for the first time. In 1998 the very first triple play is executed at Dodger Stadium. It sequence is 1-6-4-5 in the fifth inning -- with men at 1st and 2nd, Darren Dreifort fields a sacrifice bunt attempt, throws to shortstop Jose Vizcaino at 2nd, who then throws to covering second baseman Eric Young at 1st, who then throws to Bobby Bonilla at 3rd to get the final out. See the GIF on right to see the play.
  • Happy Birthday, Gene McCannBill Bergen & Charlie Malay!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 6/12/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


The Dodgers held their fourth annual Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala at Dodger Stadium last night, and by all accounts fun was had by all. John Legend provided the entertainment

Photos above via @Dodgers on twitter. You can check out even more pics by using the hashtag #LADFGala on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1940 the Dodgers made one of the biggest trades in their history. They received 1937 Triple Crown winner Joe "Ducky" Medwick and pitcher Curt Davis from the Cardinals for outfielder Ernie Koy, pitcher Carl Doyle, two minor leaguers and $125k in cash (a huge sum in those days). The Dodgers would win the pennant the following season for the first time since 1920. In 1955 Don Newcombe, having won his first ten decisions of the season, lost his first game of the year when Brooklyn loses to the Cubs, 9-5. In 2005 first baseman Hee-Seop Choi hit home runs in his first three at-bats this evening against the Twins to propel the Dodgers over Minnesota, 4-3. Watch all three here.
  • Happy Birthday, Jack O'BreinRoger Bernadina & Damon Hollins!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Rangers Series Starts Tuesday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!



Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos
The next homestand starts on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
Frito Pie Extreme Dog
There are three new food items being made available for this entire homestand (including the upcoming Giants series), and it is available at the On Deck Circle stand on Field Level section 48, Loge Level section 133 and Reserve Level section 4. First, in honor of Atlanta (the first team we faced during this homestand) you can get the Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos which features Slow and low smoked chicken, smothered in house made sweet smokey barbecue sauce, served on top of triangle cut nacho chips, topped with green onions and cheddar cheese.


Turkey Pastrami Gravy Fries
The Texas new food item is a Frito Pie Extreme Dog that features an all beef hot dog, topped with fitos, chili, nacho cheese, diced onion, black beans, pickled jalapenos and sour cream.

The third food item honoring San Francisco is an Turkey Pastrami Gravy Fries featuring crispy french fries, tossed in gourmet sea salt, topped with turkey pastrami, brown gravy and chopped parsley.


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Tuesday, June 12th at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Welcome to the Blue, Daniel Corcino!


The Dodgers bullpen has been a revolving door -- relievers are constantly shuffling back-and-forth between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City. So far, they have used 19 different players in relief. The newest Dodger to join our pen arrived over this past weekend, and has already thrown a scoreless inning. His name is Daniel Corcino. He is a right-hander and will wear #56. Per a Dodgers press release:
Corcino, 27, who will appear on a Major League roster for the first time since 2014, appeared in a combined 14 games (six starts) with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City going 3-1 with one save and has posted a 2.22 ERA (11 ER/44.2 IP). He has also struck out a combined 43 batters against 16 walks, while limiting the opposition to a .190 average. Corcino has spent the majority of the season with the OKC Dodgers, going 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA (8 ER/37.0 IP) and has held batters to a .182 average, while striking out 34 against 15 walks in 10 games (six starts). The right-hander was a non-roster invitee with the Dodgers during this past Spring Training and appeared in six Cactus League games, posting a 1.35 ERA (1 ER/6.2 IP) and struck out five against two walks.

Blog Kiosk: 6/11/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Depth means that anybody can be your staff ace at any time. For instance, the season began with Kershaw at the top of the heap. As soon as he went down with an injury rookie hurler Walker Buehler stepped up to lead the rotation. Now, spot-starter Ross Stripling has taken the reigns as our #1. He went 6.2 innings of four-hit ball to defeat the Braves, 7-2. Per Kaelen Jones at MLB.com:
"I was able to get off to a good start," Stripling said. "I went through the lineup once I think [in] less than 30 pitches, so I was in a good spot, then had a 33-pitch fourth. Obviously, the two homers, then was able to limit it to that. After that, you know you're trying to get through that inning and settle down and [I] was able to do that. Went 6 2/3 and just give us a chance to win, which is what I was trying to do when I went out there." 
The Dodgers have won in each of Stripling's last five starts. His performance Sunday was buoyed by Los Angeles' offense, which bounced back from a quiet night Saturday to post seven runs while collecting 10 hits.
Photo above of Ross Stripling via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:

Friday, June 08, 2018

Vintage Dodger Tunes: "Brooklyn Dodgers Jump"


I thought it would be fun to take a little detour. Instead of cards I thought I would spend some time to explore some vintage Dodgers-themed music.

I'm sure all of you have heard the classic tune "Follow the Dodgers", but have you ever heard of the "Brooklyn Dodgers Jump?" It is a little song that was sung by Ralph Branca, Carl Furrilo, Erv Palica and the Ebbets Field Chorus in 1949. You can check out an advertising for the record on the right that was found in a July 2, 1949 copy of Billboard magazine (p. 38).

As I was doing some background research I came across a fascinating story in the Hollywood Reporter about the man who helped set this deal up for the three Dodger players; as well as, represent numerous other ballplayers throughout the game.

2018 Baseball Treasure MLB Coins - The Kershaw Coin

I had almost forgot that Topps were making these. Fortunately, the fine gentleman at Sports Card Info provided a nice reminder. In addition to Finest, Topps also released a debut brand called 2018 Baseball Treasure MLB Coins. It features set of 30 base cards that include a precious metal coin embedded within it. Go here for a complete checklist.

Only one Dodger player is available -- Clayton Kershaw. The base card/coin is made of bronze; while parallels exist in real silver and real gold. The gold coins are all 1 ounce in weight, are all "1 of 1's" and can be found as a redemption card in packs. Silver and bronze coins are inserted into packs. Also, this product can be found in retail stores like Modells and local hobby shops. You can find stores with these packs via a helpful website created by Topps that provides locations throughout the country. Go here to check that out.

Base Copper Coin

#Clayton Kershaw

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