Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mailbag: I Won a Kuo Autographed Card on eBay

Of all the pitchers I've rooted for over the past decade, I can safely say that Hong-Chih Kuo was my favorite.  He had such great tools on the mound, sporting a phenomenal 4-seam fastball and a sharp slider.  Kuo showed great velocity and proved to have a quick release to the plate.  Unfortunately, his career was cut short due to arm problems that lead to 4 elbow surgeries. By the end, he played 7 years in Dodger Blue and became a mainstay in the bullpen as a middle reliever. 

Another reason I loved this guy was his remarkable and unexpected home run in 2007.  He was a part of the famed "back to back to back" home runs against the New York Mets.  Watch it here.  Be sure to take note of his bat flip.  I remember sitting up in the stands (in the upper reaches of the top deck) and laughing at the bat toss. It was glorious.

Last week, I won the above Kuo card on eBay.  It is a 2006 Upper Deck Special Endorsement F/X Signatures card.

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2013 Allen & Ginter - Dodgers RIP Cards

I promise that this will be my last post featuring Dodger cards from 2013 Allen & Ginter.  To see all my past blog post on this card set go here.

Shown below are most of the Dodger RIP cards available in packs.  RIP cards are normal sized cards that have a hidden mini card within it.  All you have to do is pull on a tab located on the reverse to reveal the hidden prize.  These cards are rare and sell for a huge premium.

RIP Cards

#RIP-1 Duke Snider                         #RIP-27 Clayton Kershaw

#RIP-35 Jackie Robinson                      #RIP-67 Hanley Ramirez

#RIP-78 Sandy Koufax                     #RIP-84 Adrian Gonzalez

#RIP-98 Josh Beckett

Below are double-sided RIP cards.  A star player is featured on both sides of the card.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to track down a couple of Dodger cards to share here.

Double RIP Cards

#RIP-148 Sandy Koufax / Mays

#RIP-149 Jackie Robinson / Sandy Koufax

#RIP-150 Jackie Robinson/ Mays

#RIP-155 Matt Kemp /  Adrian Gonzalez

#RIP-156 Zack Greinke / Clayton Kershaw

#RIP-157 Ryu Hyun-Jin / Darvish
(Not Seen Yet, Have Not Captured Photo)

#RIP-158 Adrian Gonzalez / Hanley Ramirez

#RIP-159 Sandy Koufax / Clayton Kershaw

#RIP-160 Sandy Koufax/ Braun

#RIP-191 Jackie Robinson / Barlick
(Not Seen Yet, Have Not Captured Photo)

#RIP-193 Sandy Koufax / Duke Snider

#RIP-194 Duke Snider / Don Sutton

#RIP-198 Sandy Koufax / Tommy Lasorda

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Blog Kiosk: 8/15/2013 - Dodgers Links - Making History, Ryu and Dee Gordon

Paco Rodriguez with the win last night.  Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.
  • Via Steve Han at KoreAm, "August Cover Story: The Longest, Most In-Depth Story Ever Written About Dodgers Star Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu".
“I hated giving up walks since I was really young,” Ryu says. “It’s been ingrained in my head since then because my dad always told me, ‘You can give up home runs, but not walks.’ I think that’s what helped me to have the kind of control I have over my pitches now.”
Generally, though, playing .800 ball for two months isn’t a fluke. Some of the greatest teams in baseball history — those ’01 Mariners, the ’75 Reds, the ’54 Indians, the ’39 Yankees, the ’29 A’s — are on the list of teams to have pulled it off. That’s the company the Dodgers keep now — and they were 32-40 when they started this run.

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