Wednesday, July 01, 2020

2020 Topps Project 2020 -- Jackie Robinson by Tyson Beck -- #140

The seventh Jackie Robinson Project 2020 card is now available. It was created by Australian graphic design artist Tyson Beck -- well regarded for his work with the NBA.

As you'll recall, his Sandy Koufax card debut a month back and sold a total of 21,535 card (Wow!). I wonder if this card will do as well. You can see the Koufax card on the left.

Topps Living Set -- #326 -- Dustin May

It has been over two month since a Dodger has been available through the Topps Living Baseball card project. In April they created a card for rookie phenom Gavin Lux. This time we get a look at their other rookie stud that has come up through the system -- Dustin May. Check it out above and below. As you know, he is one of several young pitchers the Dodger expect will play a huge part in the franchises future.

Go here to check order it. It is available for the next week. Below is what's written on the reverse.
After thriving at the upper levels of the minors, Dustin May earned a call up to the Dodgers and impressed in 14 appearance. The lanky right-hander fired 34.2 innings pitched and struck out 32 batter with a 3.63 ERA, earning a shot to become a regular in the starting rotation.

2020 Topps Clearly Authentic - All the Dodger Cards

Last week Topps released their 2020 Clearly Authentic brand of on-card signed acetate (plastic) Baseball cards, and I've got pics of all the Dodgers to share here. Check them all out below. Go here for a complete checklist.

Base Autographs

#CCA-GL Gavin Lux

Blog Kiosk: 7/1/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Here's a really interesting photo I ran into on eBay (link here). It is dated September 24, 1957, and it features Brooklyn Dodger Vice President Buzzi Bavasi seated right in the center (sitting on the right field grandstand steps).

He is wearing shades, as if to hide his appearance from the throng of fans sitting nearby. After all, this day, this game they are watching, would be the very last ballgame ever played at Ebbets Field. The Brooklyn Dodgers would move to Los Angeles the next season.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1917 the Dodgers/Robins play their very first Sunday ballgame, despite there being a state law banning games on this day. They announce that admission will benefit the Militia of Mercy, a wartime charity, and there will be a pregame band concert and military drill exhibition before the game. When the band concert ends ticket sales stop to conform with the Sunday baseball laws. More than 12,000 attend. Nevertheless, Charles Ebbets and manager Wilbert Robinson are arrested, and will pay a small fine. Here is the boxscoreIn 1948 Roy Campanella made his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He caught Ralph Branca and recorded three hits --  a double and two singles. In 2011 Dee Gordon completed a stolen base cycle. During the seventh inning he reached base on a force out, stole second, then stole third, and finally swiped home with Casey Blake at the plate.  Gordon is the 40th Major Leaguer to accomplish this during the same frame. Here is the boxscore and you watch him steal home here.
  • Happy Birthday, Jack QuinnKent GreenfieldBoots PoffenbergerChris PĂ©rez!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

2020 Topps Now 'Turn Back the Clock' -- Sandy Koukax's First No-No

Today's Topps Turn Back the Clock online exclusive card should be of no surprise. It features a legendary Dodger doing something legendary.

On this date in 1962 Sandy Koufax threw his very first no-hitter. It was against the Mets, and from the get-go he dominated. What I mean by that is he let it be known during the first inning that he would be unhittable. Per Marc Z. Aaron at SABR:
Koufax (10-4, 2.48 ERA) did not waste any time in getting down to business. Nine pitches were all he needed to set down the first three Mets hitters — Richie Ashburn, Rod Kanehl, and Felix Mantilla — on strikes. Mantilla took his looking. You could have heard each of them muttering some expletives as they left the batter’s box. As Koufax walked to the dugout, he received a standing ovation from the fans behind the Dodgers dugout. Mets third-base coach Solly Hemus was good-naturedly needling Koufax, yelling, “It isn’t really that easy, is it?” Koufax could be heard responding, “No, it surely isn’t.”

2020 Topps Big League Baseball -- All the Dodger Cards

A couple of weeks back Topps released their Big League Baseball brand -- a less pricey alternative for cost conscious collectors. A box of 18 packs will run you about $30 to $40. Additionally, they have created a Collector Box that includes exclusive Super7 MLB figures (think Star Wars-like figurines) and only five packs of cards. Go here for a complete checklist.

The Super7 MLB figures might be the coolest innovation in years. They are basically action figures of your favorite ballplayers. The Dodgers' available are Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger. You can see pics of them at the very bottom of this post.


#23 Walker Buehler          #43 Cody Bellinger