Thursday, September 26, 2013

2013 Topps Chrome Baseball - All the Dodgers' Cards

Yesterday was the official release date of 2013 Topps Chrome.  This set is basically a shinier version of its flagship set - using many of the same photos from their base cards.  Fortunately, there are a handful of exceptions and additions to the set.  The Carl Crawford and Zack Greinke base cards use brand new photographs, and Yasiel Puig and Matt Magill finally get a card of their own.  See a complete checklist of the set here.

Below are the Dodgers' base cards in their shiny goodness.

#19 Adrian Gonzalez                                  #20 Matt Kemp

#25 Hyun-Jin Ryu                                #48 Andre Ethier

#56 Carl Crawford                                #110 Matt Magill

#138 Yasiel Puig                                 #161 Zack Greinke

#175 Clayton Kershaw                          #182 Paco Rodriguez

Like the Series 2 set, there are 4 different short-printed variations available to chase.  See all 4 below.  The Puig and Kershaw cards really stick out.

Base Card Variations

#20 Matt Kemp

#25 Hyun-Jin Ryu

#138 Yasiel Puig

#175 Clayton Kershaw

Every available Dodgers' autographed card is only available through a redemption card.  This includes Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig and Paco Rodriguez.  Sports Collectors Daily tells us that many of them did not arrive in time to be placed into packs.  Although, it appears that the Puig cards are at the Topps headquarters, ready to ship.  See an example below.

1972 Topps Inserts

#72C-CK Clayton Kershaw                   #72C-HJR Hyun-Jin Ryu

#72C-YP Yasiel Puig

Dynamic Die Cuts Inserts

#DY-CK Clayton Kershaw              #DY-HJR Hyun-Jin Ryu

#DY-HR Hanley Ramirez                     #DY-MK Matt Kemp

#DY-YP Yasiel Puig

Chrome Connection Die Cut Inserts

#CC-AG Adrian Gonzalez                          #CC-MK Matt Kemp

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Blog Kiosk: 9/26/2013 - Dodgers Links - A Postseason Rally, Ethier and Numata

Tim Wallach is hitting some balls during infield practice in the photo above.  Pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.
  • Dodger postseason rally Sunday following final regular season game of the year.  Per a Dodgers press release:
  The Los Angeles Dodgers will hold a Postseason Rally following this Sunday's 1:10 p.m. regular-season finale against the Colorado Rockies in order to offer fans the opportunity to wish the Dodgers well prior to the start of postseason play. The Postseason Rally is free with a ticket for Sunday's game, which also is Fan Appreciation Day.

Dodger players, manager Don Mattingly and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda will partake in the Postseason Rally, which will be hosted by television talk show host Arsenio Hall. The Postseason Rally will include musical entertainment and a 2013 season highlights video that will be played on Dodger Vision.

In addition, immediately following Sunday's game, two of the final prizes on Fan Appreciation Day will be awarded-two Dodger season tickets for 2014 as well as an all-expenses paid trip to Australia for two to join the Dodgers for their season opening games with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said outfielder Andre Ethier has been sent back to L.A. for further tests on his sprained left ankle, which has sidelined him for all but one of the last 10 games.
Ellis is the least-flashy, least-obtrusive, lowest-maintenance everyday player on the Dodgers and, without many people knowing it, he's among the most valuable. On a team of brilliant athletes, $20 million-per-year salaries and puffed-out chests, Ellis falls under none of those categories. He's just a good player in all the ways most people don't bother to track. 
  • "Capuano ready to return after fielding test," via Ken Gurnick at
  • Orel at Sons of Steve Garvey Shares a pic of a deep-fried bacon Dodger Dog... Mmmm.
  • Chad Moriyama has more information about the recent Takumi Numata signing from Japan and the problems it's causing.
  • Please stop this.  "2 Arrested In Fatal Stabbing Of Dodgers Fan Following Giants Game," via CBS SF Bay Area.
  • I love Sesame Street.

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