Friday, August 07, 2015

2015 Panini America & Topps National Convention Promos - The Dodger Cards

With the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago having concluded last weekend I figured it would be a good time to take a look at some of the Dodger cards available through various wrapper redemption and VIP card giveaways at both Panini America and Topps.  Check them all out below.  BTW, this might not be a complete listing.

Below I take a look at the Panini cards that are available.  Unfortunately, a complete checklist isn't available, but Cardboard Connection does it's best to catalog everything they know about.  Here is a checklist for the wrapper redemption cards, and here is a checklist for the VIP Party cards.

Panini VIP Promo Set

Panini gave a limited 6-card set to all attendees who were a part of the conventions VIP program.  The set includes Kris Bryant, Marcus Mariota, Jahlil Okafor, Karl Anthony Towns, Jameis Winston and Joc Pederson.

#2 Joc Pederson

Some Great Dodger Memorabilia at SCP Auctions - Roseboro's Uni, Claire's Ring and a Letter from Ebbets

Following up on the Happy Felton letter to Walker O'Malley letter I shared the other day, below are a handful of other great Dodger collectibles available at SCP Auctions.  Go here to check out all of the items at SCP.
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Check out this fantastic game-worn uniform of Johnny Roseboro from the 1963 Championship season.  This was the year the Dodgers swept the Yankees in the Fall Classic.

(Auction Link)

Here is Fred Claire's 1981 World Champion ring.  He was an public relations executive for the club starting in July 1969 and remained there until he assumed player personnel responsibilities after Al Campanis' shafu in 1987.  Soon thereafter he was named the General Manager.

Here's a fantastic letter signed by Charles Ebbets to an unnamed ballplayer just prior to the start of the 1915 Baseball season.  In it he suggest that it's a good time to start working out for the upcoming season.  Check out what it says below:
(Auction Link)
The time for reporting at Daytona, (set by Manager Robinson for March 1st), and the opening of the National League championship season is fast approaching.  I believe if you will all buckle right down to hard conscientious work, get in condition quickly, have no material accidents or illness and we get good results in the pitching department, that we will win the championship, possibly the Worlds Championship.  This goal I know is the ambition of you all; the pride and glory of winning one or both championships cannot be calculated in dollars and cents; with the championship goes the material part, (the monetary amount), of which all who participate receive their proper proportion; last but not least is the great advertising Brooklyn would receive and the pride and gratification of the people (who support the Brooklyn Club so loyally), by reason of your winning the championship.  For all these reasons my friends, I want each of you to commence now to take light exercise so that when you report to Manager Robinson on March 1st there will be comparatively little "tuning up" to do.  I know you all have the same confidence in Manager Robinson that we the owners have, and I want you to at all times to give him the best there is in you; we cannot expect more, er do not expect less.

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Blog Kiosk: 8/7/2015 - Dodger Links - Greinke, Seager and Puig

We all knew Zack Greinke could hit... But, man-o-live!  He had a heck of a day at the plate yesterday afternoon.

He went 3 for 3, with two singles and a home run in the third inning that put the Dodgers on top, 6-5.  Watch his round tripper below, via a gif from @Dodgers on twitter.

Did you see that bat flip?  On the mound it was a different story.  Greinke got shelled in the first inning; giving up five runs on four hits and committing his second error of the year.  Needless to say, he was not a happy camper.  Via a Reuters story at the NY Times:
"Today, I was really mad after that first inning, so more motivation to try and get some hits," Greinke said.

"Usually, I just try to focus on pitching, but we were down by some runs, so I needed to put some good at-bats out there today."
Photo at the very top via @Dodgers on twitter.  Below are some links to check out:
  • So, when did Lasorda's Lair turn into Dodgers Way?  What did I miss?  Anyway... Alex Campos wonders what most of us have been wondering, "When Will it be Corey Seager Time?"
  • Via Mark Saxon at ESPN, "Yasiel Puig might get less playing time now."
"I think the days off are good for Yasiel, honestly," Mattingly said. "I don’t know if he was just used to playing less games in Cuba, but his focus just seems sharper when he’s getting a day-off-a-week or something like that."
  • Via Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA, "Darryl Brinkley in it for love of the game."  Brinkley is the hitting coach for the Dodgers rookie level club Ogden Raptors.
“This is way harder than I thought it would be, but it’s way more gratifying,” Brinkley said. “I had no idea I was going to enjoy being a hitting coach more than playing. I really, really enjoy it. It’s a great feeling to see these kids do well and know you were a part of their success. It’s a phenomenal feeling.”

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