Saturday, August 11, 2012

Collection: 1992 Dodgers Police Set

Just in case you thought this blog was turning into a non-sports trading card blog, I bring to you the 1992 Dodgers LAPD Police set to gaze at.  To see the other Dodgers police sets I've scanned go to this link.

This is the first Dodgers police set to be sized like a traditional trading card.  There are 30 cards in the set, and they were given out as a giveaway during a game in 1992.  As with all of the Dodgers police sets through the years, this set can be purchased for a song and a dance.  If you paid more than $5 bucks you might have been ripped off.  Below is a sample of what the reverse looks like.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

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Collection: 1965 Topps Presidents and Famous Americans Set

With the weekend buzz surrounding the Vice Presidential pick for the Republican ticket becoming front page fodder, I thought another dip into my collection of non-sports trading cards would be in order. 

When I was active in chasing after non-sports cards my favorite target were American history and presidents.  There are numerous different sets available going back over 100 years, and I'll be sure to share all that I have over the coming months as the general election gets closer. 

Featured here is a 1965 Topps set that is much larger than your typical trading card.  It is the same width as a modern card, but is taller by an inch or so.  They measure 2.5" x 4 11/16".  It is called "Presidents and Famous Americans" and is complete at only 44 cards.

This set is fairly scarce, but not widely collected.  I've seen complete sets range from $150 to $300, depending on condition.  As you can see they show the subject as an embossed form on the front with a short biography.  The reverse is blank.  I think it is noteworthy that the colored backgrounds seem to relate to either a political party (this doesn't appear consistent), if the President had died in office (black), or is a famous American (green).

Check out my complete set below.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

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eBay: Alston Looks On with Some Protection

Here is a 1957 Spring Training press photo from International News featuring skipper, Walter Alston watching his batters during Spring Training.  He's behind what looks like a makeshift screen.  The descriptor on the reverse states:
"SAFETY FOIST-----Vero Beach, FLA........ Protected by a screen behind the pitcher's mound, manager Walter Alston keeps a critical eye on things as Fred Krupp pitches during practice at the Dodgers spring camp in Vero Beach.  Alston took this precaution after he was almost beaned by a line drive".
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