Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball - All the Dodger Base Cards

I had just plain forgotten all about this set.  A couple of weeks back, or so, Topps released their 2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball card set, I now have a bunch of photos of the Dodger cards to share with you.  Go here for a complete checklist.

As you know, the Bowman brand tends to focus on prospects and rising stars, but its base set does include many veterans.  Check out all of the base cards below.

Of note, there is a short-printed photo variation card to #19 Alex Guerrero that you can see below.  Also, the Prospect Base Set includes the very first Topps Baseball card of Brandon Dixon.  He was the Dodgers 3rd round pick from the 2013 Draft.  BTW, the Yimi Garcia card in the Prospect Base Set includes a couple of different short-printed variations; including an error card that I have yet to see.  I will add a photo of the error Garcia card when it is available.

#3 Erisbel Arruebarrena                              #19 Alex Guerrero

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: LA Kings Defenseman and Stanley Cup Hero Alex Martinez

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


The 62nd Annual California RV Show concludes this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona and several players will be there to sign autographs this weekend and next.  Go here for information.

  • AC Green - Sunday, October 19th - Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Randy Jones - Sunday, October 19th - Time: 2:00 PM  4:00 PM
L.A. Fairplex - Gate 9
2200 N. White Ave
Pomona, CA 91768
Hat Tip: Roberto at Vin Scully is My Homeboy


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Blog Kiosk: 10/15/2014 - Dodger Links - Phase II in Play - Change Comes to the Dodgers

Here is another vintage photo of the Brooklyn Dodgers, circa 1950's, that I found on eBay.  On the reverse it indicates that the photograph was taken by vaunted Dodger photographer Barney Stein with the notation, "For Jake Pitler."  He is seated second on the right with his arms crossed.  To his right is Dodger manager Walter Alston.  Jake Pitler was primarily a first base coach for the Dodgers from 1947 to 1957.  I'm not quite sure who the two fellows on the ends are.  If you happen to know please pass that along.

Here are some links to check out:
"I expect us to become a home-grown organization," said Kasten. "We will get young and will wind up with a lower payroll. But it's never payroll just driving decisions. Phase 1 was to get the best team on the field. Phase 2 is to transition to home grown. With the kind of energy and success Andrew has had, he'll really do well here."

Minniti left Washington in a bit of a surprise move on Friday night, explaining in an email, "After five productive years with the Washington Nationals, it’s time for a change, so I’m leaving the organization," per James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Minniti leaving his job so abruptly kinda makes you wonder if something is in the works.
“My goal next season is to pitch close to 200 innings.  I’ve done that consistently during my professional career, and this was the first time it was low due to injury. I will start working this offseason so I can get my inning count up for next season.”
  • Jon also shares an amazing story regarding, "Ned Colletti, the Bubble Man and the bubble machine."  This is the kind of story I'd expect to read from a Roger Kahn book.  Thank you for sharing it, Jon.
  • Ned Colletti is playing a role as the team player, via Alanna Rizzo on twitter:

"They believe I have a chance to make an impact in a positive way and that's good enough," said Colletti. "I want to work, be held accountable and be responsible. Nine years is a long time, especially these nine years. It hasn't been smooth as glass."

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