Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2016 Topps Finest - The Dodgers Base Cards

Topps decided to change things up with the 24th edition of their Finest Baseball card brand.  For the first time ever collectors could order boxes/cases directly from Topps online.  They also sold cases to Topps MVP direct stores on a preorder basis.  The pre-online sales to collectors occurred from April 257th to May 9th, and I understand that more boxes/cases are now available for order from Topps.  Go here or here to check that out.

As for the cards themselves, there are five Dodgers' in the base set, and an handful of inserts available.  Go here for a complete checklist.

Below are the Dodgers' base cards.  The Montas card is a green refractor parallel numbered to 99 copies.  I should have pics of the inserts in a day or two.

#8 Frankie Montas                                 #19 Joc Pederson

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Scott Schoenweis and Several Dodgers in Rancho Cucamonga

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.


That Makes it Three - Clayton Kershaw Gets his Third 2016 Topps Now Card - #80

At this rate he'll finish with over twenty Topps Now cards this year.

Clayton Kershaw has just been awarded his third 2016 Topps Now card - joining Trevor Story, Bryce Harper and David Ortiz as the only players with three or more cards (Story and Ortiz have four cards in this years set and Harper has six).  Go here to order or check it out.

Kershaw continues his march through the record books. Last night he recorded his sixth straight double digit strike out and one walk or less game streak by stifling the hapless Angels.  Via Alden Gonzalez at
"All his pitches move late," Calhoun said. "That's the biggest thing."

"You come out aggressive, ready to hit," Giavotella added, "but sometimes those strikes are in different spots than they appear to be."
Clayton Kershaw is on his way to having one of the more dominating seasons the game has ever seen.  He is currently striking out 22 batters for ever walk (an unheard of percentage) and leading the league in complete games, shut outs, strike outs, WAR, pitching WAR, FIP and WHIP.  His ERA is a minuscule 1.67 in 70 innings pitched.  It's hard to believe, but after five straight fantastic CY Young worthy seasons he just might be getting better.

UPDATE:  This issue has a print run of 421 copies.

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Blog Kiosk: 5/18/2016 - Dodgers Links - Kershaw, Maeda's Bobble and the Time Warner/Charter Merger is Done

Kenta Maeda finally got a look at the promotional bobblehead the Dodgers are giving out on Tuesday, July 26th against the Tampa Bay Rays.  As you can see, in the photo tweeted out by the Dodgers, he definitely got a kick out of it.  On the right is a better look at the bobble, via another tweet by the Dodgers.

BTW, Clayton Kershaw was fantastic once again last night.  For the sixth straight game, resetting the MLB record, he recorded double-digit strike outs and had one or less walks.  Overall, he went eight innings, allowed four hits, struck out eleven and walked none to record his sixth win of the season.  Via Ken Gurnick and Fabian Ardaya at
"When you see [Mike] Trout walking up to the batter's box and he looks at me and shakes his head like, 'I'm going to take my medicine,' that respect is earned," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "There's that novelty, that respect that Clayton has from other players, so when you get in there, you're almost defeated."
On another note, the Dodgers youngsters continue to wreck the ball.  For the third straight game one of the kids hit a couple long balls in the game.  On Sunday, Corey Seager hit two homers.  On Monday, Trayce Thompson hammered two of his own.  Then last night, Joc Pederson pocketed a couple while Seager hit another. 

Go here to check out a bunch of great pics from yesterdays game from Jon SooHoo.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1931 Dodgers outfielder Babe Herman would hit for the cycle for the first time. He would do it against Cincinnati, and accomplish this feat three times in his career.
  • Happy Birthday, Eric Young!