Friday, December 06, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 12/6/2019 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Baseball is a game of peaks and valleys.

Above is a 1949 AP wirephoto (eBay auction link) that celebrates the efforts of a little known reliever named Jack Banta. On this day, he would lead the Dodgers to a pennant clinching victory on the last day of the season, but just a few days back he lost a game in spectacular fashion. Such are the trials of the game. Per the descriptor on the photo:
Philadelphia, Oct. 3--VICTORY SMILES--Brooklyn Dodger Manager Burt Shotton (right) hugs Jack Banta, rookie right hander, after the latter had pitched four and a third innings of relief to give the Dodgers a 9 to 7 ten-inning victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and the National League pennant, yesterday.  Banta's was a "goat last week, a hero this week" role.  Seven days earlier, he relieved also against the Phillies, gave up four runs and lost the ball game.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1960 actor Gene Autry is awarded an American League Los Angeles franchise that would be known as the Angels -- using a team name that once played in the PCL in Los Angeles and was subsequently purchased by O'Malley when he moved the Dodgers West. In 1973 the Dodgers traded Claude Osteen and Dave Culpepper to the Astros for outfielder Jim Wynn. Wynn would go on to have a stellar year the following season in Los Angeles. He slashed .271/.387/.497/.884 with 32 homers and 108 RBI's, and would come in fifth place in MVP voting. In 2006 the Dodgers signed free agent pitcher Jason SchmidtIn 2007 signed free agent outfielder Andruw Jones.
  • Happy Birthday, Tony LazzeriTommy Brown & Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis!

Thursday, December 05, 2019

REA has a Bunch of Dodger Collectibles

Robert Edwards Auctions current 2019 Fall Auction is just days away from closing, so I figured I should take a moment to point out some of my favorite Dodgers memorabilia in it.

At the very top is a Roy Campanella worn warm-up Dodgers jacket, dated to the 1953 season -- the year he won his second MVP award (Auction Link). It was originally attained at a 1986 charity auction held by the Dodgers 65 Roses Club. For those who don't know, this charity focuses on cystic fibrosis.

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Dodger Prospects Gavin Lux and Jacob Amaya

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.


Two Dodger prospects will be signing autographs for fans this coming Saturday, December 7th, at the Sports Authentics USA store at the Puente Hills Mall. Star infield prospects Gavin Lux and Jacob Amaya will be there. Go here or here for more information. Per a note on their facebook page: "Today (Thursday) is the last day that you can purchase advance tickets at our website . Additional tickets will be available for sale at our store day of event ...until we sell out."

Jacob Amaya from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Gavin Lux from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Sports Authentics USA
Puent Hills Mall
1600 South Azusa Avenue, Suite 518
City of Industry, CA, 91748

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2019 Bowman Chrome X Baseball - The Dodger Cards

I believe this product is destined for failure -- the same way eTopps eventually failed several years back. Featured here is a brand new product from Topps called '2019 Bowman Chrome X Baseball', and it is being sold as a sort-of investment grade product. Basically, boxes and cases were offered in a kind-of IPO (Initial Public Offering) setting, then a clearing price would be set and collectors would own that product. BTW, these cards were only offered through Topps partner, StockX. You may know that company as a big player in the sale of vintage, used and new sneakers. Apparently, they've branched out to also sell memorabilia and collectibles on their stock market-like website.

The boxes sold at the original strike price of $50 each and five-box cases initial sold at $300. Also, initial buyers had the option of having the cards shipped to them or kept within the StockX coffers for future trading on their website. Currently, a box has a current "ask" and "bid" of $84 and $74, respectively. Cases are at $499 and $405, respectively. Go here to learn more about these cards at StockX. You can check out a complete checklist here.

Only two Dodger prospects are available here -- pitcher Mitchell White and catcher Keibert Ruiz. Check them both out below.

On a side note, I've compared this brand to an older Topps product launched in 2000 called eTopps. As you may know, eTopps provided a similar real-time online marketplace through eBay. Individual cards, rather than unopened boxes, were sold through an IPO process, and could either be shipped to you or kept at Topps for future trading on eBay. Individual card sales lasted through early-2012, and a total of 2,974 unique eTopps cards were produced. Additionally, a total of 3,986,192 cards were printed. You can still check out the eTopps website here (it still exist).

Prospects Green X-Fractor

#BCP-172 Mitchell White       #BCP-235 Keibert Ruiz

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2019 Topps On-Demand Set #21 -- Reflection Baseball -- All the Dodger Cards

Here's a look at another On-Demand set that recently hit the market. It is called Reflection Baseball, and it was billed as a set, "built by fans and collectors for fans and collectors." Apparently, Topps had polled collectors and this set is the result. Go here to check out a complete checklist.

There are 50 cards in the base set and two Dodgers are represented there -- Cody Bellinger and Sandy Koufax.


#7 Cody Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 12/5/2019 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Above is a 1950's era New York Herald Tribune press photograph featuring Carl Furillo rounding thirdbase, presumably after hitting a home run (eBay auction link). He is greeted by coach Walter Alston. Unfortunately, an exact date of the photo is unknown. It was originally taken by staff photographer Jack Frank.

Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Check Out Some Vintage Brooklyn Dodgers Memorabilia at Lelands

Now this is the kind of memorabilia I like to see.

Currently, Lelands auction house is running their 2019 Fall Classic auction and there's a bunch of Brooklyn stuff in it. There's vintage porcelain, clothing, jewelry, advertising art and spring training collectibles. The best piece of all, though can be seen above.

Featured at the very top is a game-used Baseball (Auction Link) from Game 1 of the 1916 World Series between the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) and the Boston Red Sox -- a team headed by then star pitcher Babe Ruth. Best yet, the ball comes directly from the personal collection of Ruth teammate Dick Hoblitzell. Per the auction description:

2019 Topps Transcendent Collection - The Dodger Cards

The super-high-end Transcendent Collection Baseball card brand by Topps was released last week and it's a doozy. For the cost of an economy car (more than $25,000) you can get a special metal framed suitcase fill with 54 autographs (including Jeter and Griffey Jr.), 1 original sketch, 2 Complete Sets (Transcendent Icons & Franchise Favorites Reproductions) and 1 VIP Invitation to meet Ken Griffey Jr. Prior Transcendent sets had fan greets with Mike Trout (2018), Hand Aaron (2017) and Kris Bryant (2016).

Check out most of the Dodger cards below. Go here for a complete checklist. Unfortunately, I have not yet seen photos of any of the 'one of one' Dodger cards.

BTW, you can watch an unboxing of a suitcase here.

Transcendent Icons Base

#4 Cody Bellinger

2019 Topps Curated Sets - X Tatis Jr. 0.23 & X Lindor - All the Dodger Cards

I don't know if I like the current trend of releasing curated sets, but as long as there's a Dodger within then I'll continue to share them all here. As you may know, Topps ended the 2018 season with their very first curated set created with the help of Bryce Harper -- it was called '2018 Topps X Bryce Harper 220'. That set did not include a single Dodger player -- which should have been a hint to all of us that he would not be signing with the Dodgers that following winter.

So far this year, Topps has released three of these sets and I am only now sharing pics of two of them. During this years National Sports Collectors Convention they released a Gary Vee curated set called '2019 Topps X Gary Vee Direct360', and I shared photos of them in August. Go here to check out that set.

The other two sets are below. First is the most recent curated set, released in October, that was put together with the help of Padres stud prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. It is called '2019 Topps X Tatis Jr. 0.23 Baseball'. Go here to check out a complete checklist. Joc Pederson is the only Dodger found in the set. Following that is a curated set created by Francsico Lindo called '2019 Topps X Lindor'. Both Jackie Robinson and Cody Bellinger cards can be found there. Go here for a complete checklist.

2019 Topps X Tatis Jr. 0.23 Baseball

Mochalo - Best celebrations in MLB
#3 Joc Pederson

Blog Kiosk: 12/4/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's another great moment from the Dodgers first ever championship in 1955. Featured is outfielder Sandy Amoros crossing home plate after hitting a two-out, two-run homer to give Brooklyn an opening lead in Game 5 of the World Series that they would not relinquish. It was taken by legendary photographer Herb Scharfman. Per the descriptor on the bottom:
Sandy Amoros is greeted at the plate by Gil Hodges (14) and the Dodger bat boy after hitting a two run homer over the rightfield wall in the second inning.
I believe the bat boy is the famed Charlie "The Brow" DiGiovanna. He is well known in the collector world for being the ghost signer (secretarial signature) for many of the Brooklyn Dodger players (something that is very common throughout the league). In fact, a Brooklyn Dodger team signed ball known to be signed by his hand sell decently well -- even when you know they aren't real. You can find the above via via eBay (link here). Below are more links to check out:

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

2019 Topps Brooklyn Collection - 582 Montgomery Club - All the Dodger Cards

Topps exclusive Baseball card membership club, the 582 Montgomery Club, continues unabated. They just recently finished up their newest recruitment drive, so it's now closed to new collectors. Those who got in will receive many of the same benefits given to members last year. Go here for more information.

Like last year, this years members had an opportunity to purchase packs from a membership exclusive set called '2019 Topps Brooklyn Collection'. It consist of a fifty card base set and numerous autographed cards. Go here for a complete checklist. BTW, this year a seven-card box sold for $200 a piece (limit four per account); whereas, last year they sold packs at $1,000 a piece.

Below is a look at all of the Dodgers found in this exclusive set. I also want to note that I believe the photos for both the Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax cards have never been used on cardboard before. So, that's a nice surprise, and I wish they would do that more often -- especially when it comes to these high-end cards.


#23 Cody Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 12/3/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

You know, a photo of Babe Ruth in a Dodgers uniform must always be shared. Featured above is a 1938 vintage photograph of Dodgers first base coach Babe Ruth that is currently available through Hunt Auctions (link here).

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 2007 Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley is elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the veterans committee. In 1991 the Dodgers signed free agent knuckleball pitcher Tom Candiotti to a four-year $15,500,000 contract. He would eventually spend six years in Dodger Blue, recording a 52-64 record with an 3.57 ERA, 3.84 FIP and a 14.6 WAR. 
  • Happy Birthday, Cozy DolanBill HarrisJosé PeñaMark BradleyEric Hull & JT Chargois!

Monday, December 02, 2019

2019 Panini Black Friday -- All the Dodger Cards

Now that Black Friday is over here's a look at the Dodger cards Panini America gave away to collectors at local hobby shops throughout the country. Go here for a complete checklist.

Stay tuned, I hope to have a pic of the lone Topps Black Friday card they gave away online.


#29 Cody Bellinger

2019 Topps On-Demand Set #10 & #19 -- All the Dodger Cards

Here's a look at a couple of other 2019 Topps 'On-Demand' Baseball card sets and the Dodger players within them.

First, let's take a look at Topps set #10 (originally released several months ago). It is called 'MLB Rookie Progression" and only Walker Buehler can be found in it. I had failed to realize this earlier, so I apologize for the last posting of this card. BTW, I have a pic of the Buehler base card, but do not have a photo of the autographed insert that is available.

The second set I show here features artwork by award-winning sports artist and former MLB player Richard Sullivan. It is Topps #19th set of the year and it is known as the 'Momentum Rising' set. As you can see below, the design and art looks an awful lot like an Allen & Ginter card. Go here for a complete checklist of both sets.

MLB Rookie Progression -- Set #10
Sophomore Standouts Insert

#6 Walker Buehler

Blog Kiosk: 12/2/2019 - Dodgers Links - New Robinson/Shuba Statue to be Created

Mark this on your calendar. April 2021 will mark the 75th anniversary of the historic 1946 handshake between George Shuba and Jackie Robinson, and to honor it Youngstown, Ohio will unveil a statue to celebrate. Dubbed "the handshake of the century", they are aiming to raise $400,000 to complete the 7 foot statue. Go here to help out. Per a press release:
"A handshake at home plate by players of different races is no big deal in America today, but in 1946 it was a historic moment," said Herb Washington, a local businessman and one of the co-chairs of the committee. "We want to memorialize that moment in a way that inspires people to relate more respectfully to those of other races. We need more Americans to follow the examples of Jackie Robinson and George Shuba."
"In our book, George is quoted as saying he didn't think at the time that shaking a black player's hand was a big deal," said Greg Gulas, a retired Youngstown State University sports information director and another committee co-chair. "He had played with black and white guys at Chaney High School and in sandlot games in Youngstown for years. He shook Jackie's hand because he had just hit a three-run homer. George was proud to be Jackie's teammate for the Royals and the Dodgers, not because Jackie was black but because he was an incredible baseball player."
Photo above via -- "Connecticut sculptor Marc Mellon recently created a rough early study of the Robinson Shuba statue. Plans call for the Jackie Robinson and George Shuba likenesses to stand nearly 7 feet tall in the actual statue planned in Youngstown, Ohio." Below are more links to check out: