Tuesday, June 26, 2018

2018 Topps Stadium Club - All the Dodgers Base Cards

This is probably my favorite non-flagship brand Baseball card set. Featured below are all of the Dodgers' base cards found in packs of Topps 2018 Stadium Club. These boxes officially land in stores tomorrow, but singles are already showing up online. Go here for a complete checklist.

The Stadium Club brand has a long history of using simple design elements to go along with a focus on fantastic photography, and this years set delivers on that.

We've got everything from a Yasiel Puig "tongue" photo to a contemplative Joc Pederson at the dugout rails. The best photo, though, is clearly the Clayton Kershaw card seen above. It features Clayton's two kids on the mound for a ceremonial first pitch with Kershaw playing the part of catcher. Better yet, the photo limits the depth of field by keeping the tykes in-focus while leaving Kershaw out-of-focus. We are obviously being told that the the most important subjects in the photo are his kids, and I suspect Clayton would tell you that's right.

There are twenty Dodger base cards within the 300 card set. Take a look at all of them below. Furthermore, there are likely to be numerous photo variation cards, as well, so once they are all unveiled I will be sure to post about them.

UPDATE: BTW, the above Clayton Kershaw card appears to be one of those variations


#10 Matt Kemp                   #92 Kyle Farmer

Blog Kiosk: 6/26/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The Dodgers are on fire. Not only are they 16-5 during the month of June, last night's win meant that they just entered a playoff spot for the first time this season (as we were helpfully told by Jon Weisman on Twitter). They sit in the second wild card spot in the National League -- half a game ahead of the Phillies. Per Kaelen Jones at MLB.com:
"So far, we're playing really good baseball," Hernandez said, "and we're looking forward to keeping it going."
I'm looking forward to that, as well.

Photo above of Dave Roberts and Kiké Hernández via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1944 the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees play an exhibit charity game in front of 50,000 fans for the war bond movement dubbed the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game.  The Dodgers won the contest: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.  Check out what I wrote about it hereIn 1999 Dodgers catcher Todd Hundley hit a three-run game-winning home run off of Giants closer Robb Nen in the ninth inning to spark a come-from-behind victory at Candelstick Park, 7-6. 
  • Happy Birthday, Jean-Pierre RoyHenry SchmidtRodney Myers & Babe Herman!