Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Bill Russell

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.


Legendary Dodger infielder and former manager Bill Russell will be signing free autographs at the new Sports Authentics store at the Puente Hills Mall this coming Saturday, October 29th from 12:30 PM to  2:00 PM.  Go here for information.
Sports Authentics
Puente Hills Mall 
1600 South Azusa Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91748 

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2016 Topps Update Baseball - The Dodgers Retail Exclusive Rookie Cards

I misspoke yesterday when I said my post featuring some of the Dodgers inserts found in packs of 2016 Topps Update would be my last post on this set.  This post, I promise, will be the last one.  Go here to check out all of my past blog post on this set.

Featured below is a group of insert cards that can be found in packs and boxes bought only at Walmart or Target stores.  They are dubbed the "Retail Exclusive Rookies" and they include three Dodger younglings on older Topps Baseball card designs.  Basically, they are fantasy Baseball cards in real life.

Retail Exclusive Rookies

#TAR-6 Julio Urias                       #TAR-15 Kenta Maeda

Blog Kiosk: 10/26/2016 - Dodgers Links - Kershaw on a Plane, Urias, Utley and Garvey

Above is an fantastic 1910's advertising poster for Fatima Turkish brand Cigarettes that features action photos from an opening series match-up between the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers) and New York Giants.  It is currently on auction at Mile High Card Company.  (Auction Link)

Unfortunately, the poster mainly points out popular Giants players like Fred Snodgrass, George Burns and Fred Merkle.  So it's likely this ad was prominently displayed in neighborhoods loyal to that team.  Nevertheless, it's a unique piece that includes several rare photographs.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1950 Walter O'Malley became the ninth president and chief stockholder in the Dodgers franchise.  Following the death of team owner John L. Smith (who owned one-quarter of the club) O'Malley navigated a deal where he bought Branch Rickey's share of the club and essentially became a trustee over the Smith family portion to take over majority control.
  • Happy Birthday: Dan Coulombe!