Friday, October 12, 2018

2018 Topps Gold Label - All the Dodgers Cards

Earlier this week Topps released their 2018 Gold Label brand, and I've got pics of all the Dodger cards to share below. Go here for a complete checklist.

This set includes a 100 player base set with three different versions available for each player -- dubbed Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3. Each different "Class" represents various degrees of rarity. Below, I have pics of all three "Classes" for each Dodger player -- starting from Class 1 on the left.

Base Set

#25 Jackie Robinson

UPDATED: NLCS Series Against Brewers Starts on Friday -- A Homestand Preview - Pregame Info and Other Stuff

The National League Championship Series match-up between the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers begins on Friday. Below are some odds and ends for this series. Here are some important links:
I will update this post as more information becomes available for each game.

BTW, the umpires for this series (per Craig Calcaterra at NBC) is as follows (for Game 1). Obviously, assignments will change from game to game:
Home: Scott Barry
1B: Alan Porter
2B: Gerry Davis*
3B: Hunter Wendelstedt
LF: Jim Wolf
RF: Brian Gorman
Replay, Games 1-2: Greg Gibson
Replay, Games 3-7: Scott Barry
Below are the rosters. Click on any pic to embiggen:
Dodgers                           Brewers

Blog Kiosk: 10/12/2018 - Dodgers Links - Game 1 Today!

Who knew Maeda had such style? Check out Kenta sporting a rather stylish outfit with the Dodgers resident fashion maven, Matt Kemp, while on the plane as they head out to Milwaukee for today's game, via the Dodgers on twitter. BTW, the Dodgers released their roster for the NLCS this morning and there is only one notable change. Lefty Julio Urias will replace fellow-lefty Scott Alexander in the bullpen. Check out the entire roster below.

On a side note, I am very excited about this series, and not for why you might think.

One of my favorite teams growing up (other than the Dodgers) was the Brewers, and the reason isn't really all too surprising. The very first little league team I played on was the Brew Crew, so as a child I gravitated, just a bit, towards that club. I followed them in the standings and would collect players like Cecil Cooper, Ben Oglivie, Ted Simmons and Gorman Thomas. But there was one player I was absolutely smitten with. It was Robin Yount, and to this very day I still collect his cards. So, this matchup brings up all kinds of weird feelings -- most of which is utter excitement at seeing a boyhood dream finally come true. As I'm sure you know, this is the very first time the Dodgers and Brewers have ever faced each other in the playoffs.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1916 the Brooklyn Robins lost Game 5 against the Boston Red Sox to lose the World Series. As a side note, Boston played their games at the home of their NL rival, Boston Braves, since their stadium held more patrons than Fenway Park. In 1920 the Cleveland Indians defeated the Brooklyn Robins to win the World SeriesIn 1949 Vin Scully, after being recruited by Red Barber, worked his very first broadcast of his career when he does play-by-play for a college football game between Maryland and Boston University. He famously called the game from atop the roof during a very frigid day at Fenway Park. In 1988 Orel Hershiser threw a five-hit shutout victory, 6-0, against the NY Mets in Game 7 of the NLCS to advance to the World Series.
  • Happy BirthdayEd HouseholderSteve ShirleySid FernandezJose ValentinTanyon Sturtze & Nick Tepesch!