Thursday, November 14, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 11/14/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here's another fantastic spring training Dodgers' AP press photo that I an across on ebay (link here). It features Long Beach product Rocky Bridges (left) along with Dodgers cap Pee Wee Reese. It is dated February 28, 1952.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Baseball History: In 1979 the Dodgers signed free agent starting pitcher David Goltz to a six-year $3MM contract. The former eight-year Twins veteran went 9-19 with a 4.25 ERA in three season with the team before being release in 1982. In 2016 Corey Seager is named the unanimous winner of the National League Rookie of the Year award.
  • Happy BirthdayHarry HowellRed SheridanJim Brewer & Tim Hamulak!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

2019 Topps Total - Wave 9 - All the Dodger Cards

The last and final wave from Topps online exclusive set, 2019 Topps Total, is now out, and it includes three more Dodgers to collect -- Adam Kolarek, Matt Beaty and Walker Buehler. Go here for a complete checklist. Also, there is an autographed Walker Buehler card available in packs.

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#813 Adam Kolarek              #826 Matt Beaty

Blog Kiosk: 11/13/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I still believe that we'll get to witness something like this. Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Los Angeles Dodgers star southpaw pitcher Sandy Koufax hoist a champagne toast in dressing room here 10/6, after the Dodgers won the 4th World Series game in a row to give them the title. The Dodgers handed New York its first 4-game shutout in 28 trips to the classic.
UPI photo photo came from an eBay listing, dated 10/6/1963. Below are more links to check out:

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

2019 Topps Clear Travel Promo Set - All the Dodger Cards

Here is a brand new 2019 Topps promotional set I am just finding out about. It is called '2019 Topps Clear Travel' and it was given away at select ballparks and airports. For those who don't know, Clear offers biometric identification services that can be used for travel and sports events. Per Cardboard Connection:
Based on what we heard from readers, the packs were earned by using the CLEAR Lane mobile ticket option at stadiums. Topps indicated that they are also found at airports. Participating teams include the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.
There are three Dodgers available in the 100 card base set -- Clayton kershaw, Corey Seager and Justin Turner. Check them all out below.

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#CP-14 Clayton Kershaw

2019 Topps 150 Years of Baseball -- #110 -- Historic Moments: Sandy Koufax 15K World Series Game


The eleventh Dodgers' "150 Years of Baseball" online exclusive card also happens to be Sandy Koufax's third in the series. Check it out above and below. His first card featured his 1965 perfect game and his second focused on this 1965 World Series exploits. This time around they celebrate his 15 strikeout performance during Game 1 of the 1963 World Series. Go here to check it out and order. Per the description on the reverse:
Sandy Koufax set the tone in the 1963 World Series with a record-setting 15 strikeouts against the New York Yankees in Game 1. The gaudy punchout total marked the most by a starting pitcher in World Series history and led the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-2 win.

Blog Kiosk: 11/12/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Both Gavin Lux, Fernando Valenzuela and others were on-hand to greet veterans for some batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Veterans Day, yesterday. Per Daniel Starkand at Dodger Blue:
Phillip Chaidez, a U.S. Air Force veteran that served in Iraq and currently lives in East Los Angeles, was among those in attendance with his family. “It’s really cool,” Chaidez told DodgerBlue.com. 
“I usually don’t like to get stuff for veterans, but this was different because it was something my kids could enjoy so that was the main reason we’re here and really excited to enjoy this day. Think about it, the World Series was down here, this is awesome. My son was able to get some batting advice from a Hall of Famer, doesn’t get any better than that. We’re very appreciative.”
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1986 the Dodgers officially released longtime shortstop Bill Russell -- in order to facilitate his recent retirement from the game. He had an 18-year career with Los Angeles and ranked second in franchise history for games played (behind Brooklyn outfielder Zack Wheat). In 2014 Clayton Kershaw is the unanimous winner of the National League Cy Young Award. It is his third Cy Young. He went 21-3 with an 1.77 ERA, 1.81 FIP, six complete games and two shutouts. He will be named the MVP the next day.
  • Happy BirthdayJack RyanRed Evans & Greg Gagne!

Thursday, November 07, 2019

2019 Topps Holiday Baseball Mega Box -- All the Dodger Cards

Available now at many local Walmart's is Topps annual Holiday Mega Boxes featuring limited edition holiday-themed parallel cards. As you can see below, these cards use the basic flagship card design, but adds a whole lot of winter flare to spice it up.

There are a total of 200 base cards and ten Dodgers can be found there. See them all below. Go here for a complete checklist. My favorite inserts are the Holiday relic pieces that include Santa hat relic pieces.

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#HW9 Alex Verdugo      #HW25 Joc Pederson

Blog Kiosk: 11/7/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


As I am wont to say, "Baseball will break your heart". Check out the above 1939 press photo showing the hard-luck case of Vito Tamulis (eBay auction link).
May 18, 1939 -- Vito Gets the Hard Luck Crown -- Vitautras C. Tamulis (right) today wore the Major League's hard luck baseball crown, the Brooklyn left-hander, shown with manager Leo Durocher (left) and Lynn Lary, pitched 11 innings (boxscore) of that 19 inning struggle at Chicago yesterday, allowing only four hits, but couldn't come up with a win. His whole career has been like that.
Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

2019 Topps Chrome Update -- All the Dodger Cards

One of the newest products to hit store shelves is an Updated Topps Chrome set made available exclusively at local Target stores. It originally came out in late October, so if you find them now consider yourself lucky. I understand that they have been flying off the shelves.

To the right is a look at the box -- featuring several of the games top players (including Clayton Kershaw). Overall, there are 100 cards in the base set and five Dodgers can be found there. Go here for a complete checklist. All of the Dodgers' available are below.

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#34 Matthew Beaty                    #47 Will Smith

2018-19 Topps 582 Montgomery Club Members Vote Set – Bellinger and Koufax Cards

The last (fifth) installment of Topps "582 Montgomery Club" membership sets is now in collector hands and it includes two Dodgers in the mix -- Cody Bellinger and Sandy Koufax. Go here to see a complete checklist.

This is the Members Vote set, so I assume this means current club members voted for this design - which looks very boring to my eyes. I'd love to see what other choices members had to chose from. BTW, there are also autographed cards available, but so far a Dodger is not on that checklist -- a complete checklist has not been made available from Topps yet. In the meantime, check out the Cody and Sandy base cards below.

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#13 Cody Bellinger


#18 Sandy Koufax

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2019 Topps Now -- Award Finalist Cards of Bellinger and Ryu


It is now awards season.

Over the weekend, two Dodgers were named as finalist for prestigious regular season honors, and Topps unsurprisingly created cards to celebrate it. Check them both out below.

On the heals of winning his first Gold Glove, Cody Bellinger has been named a finalist for the MVP Award. Go here to check it out and order. You have until the end of the week to get them. Below is what's written on the reverse:
Following a brilliant 2019 campaign, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was nominated as a finalist for the National League MVP Award. Bellinger batted an impressive .305 with 47 home runs and 115 RBI.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 11/5/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Just another vintage Spring Training AP press photo to get you excited about the upcoming season. (eBay auction link) Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Vero Beach, Fla., Feb 27, 1963 -- Alston Likes What He Sees -- Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Walter Alston (left) is all smiles as pitcher Sandy Koufax gives assurances at spring training camp his left hand is in good shape. The Dodgers sagged in last year's pennant race when Koufax came up with an ailing finger. 
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1936 the Dodgers named former Brooklyn spitballer Burleigh Grimes as their manager. In 1940 former Dodger lawyer Wendell Willkie loses to third term American President Franklin D. Roosevelt in today's Presidential election. He would later on become VP and legal counsel for Brooklyn in the early 40's and would then be replaced by Walter O'MalleyIn 2008 Dodgers pitcher Greg Maddux wins his 18th career Gold Glove. 
  • Happy BirthdayTommy SheehanPryor McElveen & Ralph Birkofer!

Monday, November 04, 2019

2019 Topps Triple Threads - All the Dodger Insert Cards

Now that you've seen the 2019 Topps Triple Threads Dodgers' base cards, here's a look at most of the inserts that are available.

As always, the fun thing about this brand are the unusual, and often obtuse, phrases Topps creates with their triple relic cards. For instance, I'm not quite sure what they mean by the phrase "189 ABS, 20 HRS" for the Cody Bellinger card seen directly below. If you have some insight please pass it along. There is also a Joc Pederson autographed relic card that says, "Multi HR, Lid Lifter". As you may, know a Lid Lifter is a sports euphemism for the first game played. So, the Pederson card makes note of his two homer day during their 2019 Opening Day game against the Diamondbacks. BTW, there's another Pederson card that says, "Happy Birthday" -- obviously referencing another of his multi-homer days -- this time against the the Brewers on his birthday, April 21, 2019.

Triple Threads Relics

#TTR-CB Cody Bellinger

#TTR-WB Walker Buehler

Blog Kiosk: 11/4/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Above is a fantastic Sport Magazine press photo, dated to 1965, of Don Drysdale and Ron Fairly (eBay auction link).

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