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: