Thursday, August 06, 2009

RIP: John Hughes

As a Reagan Baby and 80's teenage cross between and dweed, geek and basketcase I salute you, my captain.

I'm going home to pull out my copy of Weird Science to watch tonight.

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eBay: Dodger Finds

On to another edition of vintage Dodger finds on eBay.

Below we have an advertising counter display of 1965 National League Champions Dodgers "Cheer Bows." They were originally sold at Dodger Stadium concession stands at the end of the '65 season after the dodgers clinched the League Championship. As you know, the Dodgers won the World Series that year against the Minnesota Twins.

The best thing about this auction is the seller's description of how he came in possession of the bows and counter display. He claims that he received this from his 5th grade girlfriend in 1965. Her father was an employee of the Dodgers at the time. It sold for $31.01.

I am showing this because I find it hilarious. This Hasbro Mike Piazza doll made in 1993 sold for $10.49.

Vintage glassware featuring the Los Angeles Dodger is very rare. Most have not lasted the test of time, and those that have are riddled with imperfections, cracks and wear. Below is a very nice 1959 Duke Snider Los Angeles Dodger Stars drinking glass that sold for $31.00.

Here is a John Roseboro's Dodger Stars drinking glass. It sold for $16.48.

Charlie Neal's glass sold for $10.45.

And Then There Was One

The Topps Company is now the exclusive maker of officially licenced MLB trading cards. The NY York Times has the story.
“This is redirecting the entire category toward kids,” said Eisner, who acquired the company in 2007. “Topps has been making cards for 60 years, the last 30 in a nonexclusive world that has caused confusion to the kid who walks into a Wal-Mart or a hobby store. It’s also been difficult to promote cards as unique and original.”
It's ironic that a anti-trust lawsuit forced competition in the Baseball card market in 1980, but nearly 30 years later they are seeking to recreate the monopoly. Both times they rationalized that it would stimulate the trading card market.

On a side note, Upper Deck, Topps main competitor, is not entirely shut out of Baseball. They recently announced a agreement with the MLB Players Association. So, they can feature the athletes, just not the logos.

Here is the official MLB announcement of the deal.

Story Link: NY Times:
Hat Tip: @CardBandits via @ACPressSusan L: