Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 Topps Opening Day - All the Dodgers Cards

Topps 2017 Opening Day Baseball card brand was officially released yesterday, and like in the past it is a rehashed version of the flagship card brand released in early February.  The difference in the two sets is that this product has fewer cards, is far more affordable in value, and it uses the Opening Day logo as part of the design.  Go here for a complete checklist.

Below are of the Dodger cards available in the set.  So far, only one base variation card is known, and it's of Clayton Kershaw getting ready for batting practice.  If more appear I will be sure to update this post.

Base Set

#4 Justin Turner

Blog Kiosk: 3/16/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Spring Odds and Ends

Above is a fantastic vintage 1956 photo taken by legendary Dodger photographer Barney Stein.  It provides a glimpse of the player pregame procession before one of the games of the Brooklyn Dodgers Goodwill Tour in Tokyo.  They are to play the Tokyo Giants.  It recently sold at RMY Auctions (link here).

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1976 Dodgers right-handed pitcher Andy Messersmith is granted free agency.  He is principally responsible for the end of the "reserve clause" and is credited for signing the very first contract of the free agency era about a month later.  He won an arbitrator case in favor of free agency in December 1975, and MLB naturally appealed.  They would lose their appeal on March 9th, 1976.  A few days later the league declined appealing to the Supreme Court; effectively granting Messersmith free agency.
  • Happy Birthday, Patsy Donovan, Jake Flowers, Lloyd "Little Poison" Waner, Hee-Seop Choi, Brian Wilson & Brandon League!