Friday, April 27, 2012

Sneak Peek: Mike Scioscia's Bobblehead

Here is a sneak peek at the Dodgers bobblehead for Mike Scioscia, as found on the Dodgers twitter feed. This will be given out to fans attending the June 12th game against the Angels.
(Pic via twitter @Dodgers)

Blog Kiosk: 4/27/2012

Check out this vintage game-used bat that once graced the hands of Jackie Robinson.  It was used during the 1953 Baseball season, and is available at auction through MEARS.  They tend to specialize in game-used uniforms and equipment.  See the auction here- it closes tomorrow evening.
The Dodgers want to repay their fans who were inconvenienced by Mother Nature on Wednesday night.

Ticket stubs from the Dodgers’ rainy 4-2 loss (4/25) to the Atlanta Braves can be redeemed for free reserve-level tickets to a May 14 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks or a May 31 game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Ticket stubs from April 13 can also be exchanged for May 14 or May 31 tickets.

Exchanges can be made at the advance ticket window at Dodger Stadium’s parking lot P between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday through Saturday.
  • 89.33 KPCC recently broadcast and is running a story online about a new book by writer, producer, and lifelong Dodgers fan Paul Haddad. In Haddad’s new book, “High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania,” he focuses on the “glory years” of his childhood team, which spans from 1977 to 1981.  They have a nice, lengthy feature complete with audio from classic Dodger games and excerpts from the book.  Go here.  Below is a sample of one of the recordings.

  • MLB's oldest living ballplayer turned 101 yesterday.  Happy belated birthday, Connie Marrero.  (Hat Tip: Huffington Post)
  • Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts we learn that the upcoming film about Jackie Robinson called "42" is set to be released on April 12, 2013.
  • Juuust a Bit Outside visits Fort Wayne, Indiana and shares a pic of a statue of Dodgers great Carl Erskine that is located there.
  • Beyond the Boxscore takes a look at Yu Darvish's mystery pitch- the "shuuto."
  • Upper Deck continues its blog series on "How to Open a Trading Card Shop" with a recent story on selling supplies.
  • Topps will have a new Wacky Packages set out in July and Beckett has some preview pics.  These cards are a crack-up.  See a couple examples below.

  • The schedule for the Kings vs. St. Louis Blues second round match-up of the NHL playoffs has just been released.  The first game is tomorrow evening.  See the schedule, here.
  • A close friend recently co-wrote a short film with actress Catherine Dent called "Silk," and is currently soliciting funds to pay for its filming.  From my friends email to me. 
The script was included as part of Catherine's application to the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, and she was chosen as one of eight directors out of hundreds of applicants to participate in the program.  The film SILK, which calls attention to the scourge that is child marriage, will be shot this summer and screened here in L.A. before it goes worldwide and is banned in multiple countries.

AFI provides us with the equipment to shoot the film, but they also require us to raise the funds to pay for everything else.  So this morning we launched our web page at Kickstarter.
 Go here to help this worthwhile venture

2012 Gypsy Queen- Dodgers Autographs

Following up on my post from earlier this week, check out the inserted Dodgers autograph cards that can be found in packs of Topps 2012 Gypsy Queen cards.  BTW, if you want to see a complete checklist of the set go here.

Before I get to the cards I wanted to note that there are numerous Matt Kemp autographs in the set, but none of them have been inserted into packs.  Instead, a redemption card is included that would need to be sent to Topps for later delivery.  From all accounts, Kemp has yet to sit down and do a signing for Topps this season, so we will all have to wait until he has that opportunity to do a signing.  Now, on to the cards.

GQA-AET Andre Ethier

GQA-CK Clayton Kershaw

GQA-NE Nathan Eovaldi

GQA-SK Sandy Koufax

Dual Autograph Relic Card
GQDAR-GE Steve Garvey - Andre Ethier 

This card looks a bit weird as Topps used different stickers for the autographs.  There is also a triple autograph relic card that features Kemp, Reggie Jackson and Ken Griffey, Jr. that is available through a redemption card.

Hunt Auctions: A Vintage Ticket and Scorecard

It's feels like it's been a long time since I've posted about some upcoming auctions featuring Brooklyn Dodgers vintage memorabilia.  I've just been sidetracked by other things.  Fortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel is fast approaching, so I'll be able to point out some of my favorite items over the next coming weeks.  In fact, with spring auction fever in full bloom I just may overdo it. 

I'll start with Hunt Auctions and their regular internet offerings.  Below is a 1904 scorecard from a game between the Brooklyn Superbas (a precursor to the Dodgers) and the Boston Beaneaters (the old Atlanta Braves team).  It is from a Dodgers home field at Washington Park, and showcases starting pitcher Ned Garvin on the cover. 

Vintage tickets are not my main cup of tea, but I do enjoy their uniqueness when they look like the ticket below.  Here is a 1938 ticket stub from Ebbets Field for "Night Game 7."  It is die-cut to look like a Baseball atop a light bulb.  BTW, this is just 3 years after night Baseballs introduction into the game by the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field in 1935.