Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 Topps Archives - The Dodgers Base Cards

This week saw the release of only the retail packs of Topps' 2018 Archives Baseball brand. The hobby store boxes do not officially come out until next month. Why they staggered this release, I do not know. Nevertheless, we can now look at the various Dodger base cards that are available. See them and the lone Kershaw photo variation cards below. Go here to check out a complete checklist.

BTW, the real draw to this years set are The Sandlot cards; including autographs and throwback coins inserts. They borrow the vintage 1962 Topps Baseball card design. Check out a handful of them below.

Base Set

1959 Topps

#6 Yasiel Puig                  #12 Corey Seager

Blog Kiosk: 8/16/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Ryu was good. Really, really good! Per Doug Padilla at
After nearly 3 1/2 months in recovery mode from a left groin strain, Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu looked as sharp as he was before he was injured, if not better, delivering six scoreless innings. The left-hander gave up three hits, and two of those came in the fifth. Ryu struck out six and let only two baserunners reach second base. None made it to third. 
"It was huge," (Dave) Roberts said. "I've said it before, that you win with starting pitching. Our starters have been lights out, they really have. And to get [Ryu] back, the way he's throwing the baseball, that's a huge boost for our club."
Unfortunately, Ryu's effort wasn't quite enough, as the bullpen again failed to hold the lead. Then, walk-off magic happened in the 12th, courtesy of Brian Dozier, to break the losing streak.
"Last I checked, the majority of winning streaks always come after a loss, right?" Dozier said. "That's the thing with baseball, it flips just like that. Hopefully we can reel off a few in a row."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1950 Giants third baseman Hank Thompson hit two inside-the-park home runs off Dodger pitchers Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine at the Polo Grounds. Brooklyn got pummeled 16-7. In 1964 Cardinals great Curt Flood recorded eight consecutive hits against the Dodgers during a doubleheader in Los Angeles; including four hits against Sandy Koufax. Unfortunately, Koufax injured his elbow while on the basepaths and would not pitch again this season. In 1988 the Dodgers traded fan favorite Pedro Guerrero to the Cardinals for starting pitcher John Tudor. This move would prove to be an impactful one. In nine starts Tudor would solidify the rotation by going 4-3 with an 2.41 ERA and 3.36 FIP.
  • Happy Birthday, Hub NorthenBilly RhielRoger Cedeno & Yu Darvish!