Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 Topps Triple Threads Baseball - The Dodger Autographed Cards

Here is a look at all of the Dodger autographed cards available in this years Triple Threads set; including the always popular Autographed Relic cards.  Go here to check out all of my past post on this set.  I hope to have pics of all the Unity Insert cards to share tomorrow. 

All of the Clayton Kershaw autographed cards are available through a redemption card only.  Below is a checklist:
  • Transparencies Autographed Jumbo Relics Set - #TTT-CK (#/25 for base) (only one parallel - an Onyx "1 of 1") 
  • Autographed Relic Combos Set - #TTARC-SFK Clayton Kershaw, Scherzer & Fernandez (numbered to #/36 with numerous parallels)
  • Autographed Relic Double Combos Book Set- #TTARDC-6 Kershaw, Fernandez, Wheeler, Darvish, Miller & Scherzer (#/3 for base) (only one parallel - an Ruby "1 of 1")
#TTT-CK Clayton Kershaw

There are also several Dodger "cut" autographed cards available.  Unfortunately, they do not appear to have been found yet.  Below is a checklist:
  • Cut Above Autographs Set (1 of 1) - #TTCA-DS Don Sutton
  • Dual Cut Above Autographs Book Set - #TTDCA-4 Duke Snider & Pee Wee Reese
  • Dual Cut Above Autographs Book Set - #TTDCA-5 Duke Snider & Sandy Koufax
Below are the Autographed Relic cards with pertinent (sometimes) phrases spelled out.  I say this because I'm not entirely sure that "4 Prizes" means in the second Fernando Valenzuela card below.

Autographed Relics Set

#TTAR-FV1 Fernando Valenzuela

Dodgers to be on Free TV - Yeah!

Free TV is kind of a misnomer.  Ain't it?  After all, there's no such thing as a free lunch, or at least that's what I understand.

In great news for fans everywhere, the Dodgers will broadcast the last six games of the season (all home games) will be aired on KDOC.  WooHoo!

Per a press release:
Time Warner Cable today announced it has secured an agreement to broadcast the final week of Dodger games on KDOC. KDOC is an independent broadcast station that is carried by every cable, satellite and telco provider in Southern California and can also be received over the air with an antenna.
Beginning September 22, Time Warner Cable will simulcast the remaining games of the season, featuring the iconic Vin Scully, on SportsNet LA and KDOC, subject to national broadcast commitments. The Dodgers face the Giants on September 22, 23 and 24 at 7:10 p.m. and then take on the Rockies on September 26 at 7:10 p.m., September 27 at 6:10 p.m. and September 28 at 1:10 p.m.
This might be the case of "too little, too late," but on the other hand at least you'll will able to watch the last six games at home.  So, I guess this is a win for everybody.

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Blog Kiosk: 9/15/2014 - Dodger Links - Winning Big Over Giants

After a rocky start to the weekend series against the Giants, the Dodgers ended up being red-hot.  So hot, in fact, they surely fueled the heat that rained down on California this weekend.  They brought the fire that burnt our rivals up north to a crisp. 

On Saturday, the Dodgers responded to the lopsided loss on Friday with one of their own the next day.  They scored 17 runs (a record in that stadium up north) on 24 hits; including a two-run home run by Zack Greinke.  Then, Clayton Kershaw came in on Sunday to do what he always does - pitch great.  The Dodgers won handily and took the weekend series two games to one.  The photo above proves that Kershaw isn't all about skill.  It's also about preparation.  Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014Go here to check out more photos from Sunday's game.

The Dodgers start the day with an 3.0 lead over the Giants and a "Magic Number" of 11.  They play in Colorado tonight, and the Giants play in Arizona.  Below are some more links to check out:
  • The best quote I read regarding the Dodgers 17-0 victory over the Giants on Saturday is below.  It made me feel really old:

“I almost kind of feel bad for him,” Los Angeles Dodgers veteran pitcher Dan Haren said. “Everyone just expects him to win, everyone just expects him to go out there and throw eight or nine innings and give up zero or one run. That must be quite the burden to put on him, but obviously it doesn’t seem to bother him.”
“If you have a TUE, you have to take it,” he said. “And if you do not take it, and there’s a low amount, that means you’re using it only when you want it — not when you need it. They monitor how you take it, how much is in your system. The milligram amount, if it’s above or below what’s expected on your prescription, that’s considered a fail. That’s how I understand the rule.”

Even though Howell didn’t remember which drug he took, he remembered how much he disliked its side effects. After a month of using the drug in 2008, when he pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays, Howell informed the team that he was going to stop.
Manager Don Mattingly hasn't confirmed that Ryu won't start in Colorado, but essentially did Sunday when he said that Frias is "working toward" the Wednesday night start and won't be used out of the bullpen "unless we get news that Hyun-Jin can pitch, and that's not likely."
    BTW, Hyun-Jin Ryu will be having an MRI today, so stay tuned for that.  Hopefully, whatever ails Ryu is minor and a little rest is all that is needed.  It would be great if he was ready to go when the playoffs start.

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