Monday, September 22, 2014

2014 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball - The Dodger SP Variation Cards

Following up Friday's post where I shared pics of all the Dodger prospect base cards found in Topps 2014 Heritage Minor League card set, I now focus on a handful of short printed base variations that are available.  Check them out below.

Both Julio Urias and Joc Pederson have a variation card available.  It is not known at this time how scarce they are.

Base SP Variations Set

#55 Julio Urias 
Variation Card                                    Normal Base Card 

#160 Joc Pederson 
Variation Card                                    Normal Base Card

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Joc Pederson's MLB Call-Ups Topps Card Selling Out Fast

This morning Topps announced their newest direct sale card creation and it includes one of the Dodgers brightest young prospects.  Check out the Joc Pederson card above.  The set is called MLB Call-Ups, they measure 10" x 14" and it borrows the vintage 1959 Topps Baseball card design.  There are three different variations available.  The card above with the blue background is the most common with 49 cards available ($29.99).  There is also a red background version that is limited to only 10 copies ($49.99), and a green background version that is a "1 of 1" ($99.99).  When I opened up my email this morning I discovered that both the red and green variations had already sold out.  Go here to check them out on the Topps website.

The MLB Call-Ups set consist of eight cards and includes many of the MLB's top prospects.  Below is a checklist:
  • Jorge Soler
  • Javier Baez
  • Anthony Ranaudo
  • Joc Pederson
  • Maikel Franco
  • Trevor May
  • Cory Spangenberg
  • Rymer Liriano
A postcard sized set of all eight cards is also available (numbered to only 49 copies), but that is sold out.  This limited edition set is looking like it might be Topps most successful offering to date.  Of the 25 different cards for sale (three variations of each player and a postcard complete set) nine have already sold out in less than 24 hours. 

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Blog Kiosk: 9/22/2014 - Dodger Links - Some Odds and Ends

Yesterday afternoon the Dodger bats continued their hot-hitting-ways by driving in eight runs on sixteen hits against the Cubs, and this time the bullpen didn't falter like on Saturday.  In fact, yesterday's game was a bullpen game; meaning that the pitching would be done solely through the 'pen.

The elder statesman of the staff, Jamey Wright, came out to start the game.  Then, Carlos Frias came in to relieve him after a couple of innings.  He was followed by Chris Perez, Paco Rodriguez, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen.  It was like experiencing a Spring Training game during the regular season.

Overall, they gave up five runs, eight hits and struck out a collective 13 batters.  The Dodger offense was fueled by Matt Kemp who had a home run, three singles and four RBI's.  On top of that, five other Dodgers had multiple hits.

With the victory, the Dodgers now have a firm strangle hold on the National League West Division title. They now lead the Giants by 4.5 games and saw their magic number shrink to three games.  With the Giant series starting tonight the Dodger have a chance to clinch the division with San Francisco looking on if they win two games.

BTW, on Sunday the Dodgers held their first annual LA Dodgers Foundation 5K run at Dodger Stadium.  As you can see in the above photo tweeted out by the @Dodgers there was a large crowd on hand.  There were 3,805 runners.  Now, below are some links to check out:
He said he is looking forward to the Dodgers’ next playoff-clinching party because it will feel like his first. Gordon spent most of last season at Triple-A Albuquerque, starting just 23 games for the Dodgers. Even though he made the postseason roster, primarily so he could be used as a pinch runner, Gordon said he didn’t consider himself part of that 2013 team that made it to the NLCS.

“That didn’t count,” Gordon said. “I didn’t feel like I was part of it, to be honest. I hadn’t been there all year. This will be a great moment for me.”
"To tell you the truth, when we swept them [in San Francisco] two months ago, the feeling in the clubhouse was that we needed to sweep. We understood the magnitude of the series even months ago. We've played really well to be in a good position. Now we don't have to sweep, just play good ball. "
  • I had failed to mention this over the weekend.  The hazing in Chicago of the Dodger rookies didn't end with only costume play.  Joc Pederson got treated extra special by the grisly Dodger veterans.  On Friday morning he was tasked with fetching some coffee at a nearby Starbucks.  As you can see in the photo below (as instagramed by Joc himself) he completed the task in full uniform.  The person helping him out (walking in front of Joc) is Dodger Clubhouse Manager Mitch Poole.

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