Tuesday, July 23, 2019

2019 Topps Archives Signature Series "Active Player Edition" - The Dodger Cards

A couple of weeks back Topps released their "Active Player Edition" of the 2019 Topps Archives Signature Series cards, and I'm only now able to share some pics of the Dodgers' found in boxes. As you likely know, this brand features buyback autographs of some of the games best current stars. For the Dodgers this includes Chris Taylor, Clayton Kershaw and Max Muncy. BTW, Adrian Beltre is also on the checklist, but I have yet to find any cards of him as a Dodger that have been signed. I suspect, though that they exist and are probably low-numbered scarcities. Go here for a complete checklist.

#Adrian Beltre

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#Chris Taylor

2018 Gypsy Queen          2017 Topps Heritage

Blog Kiosk: 7/23/2019 - Dodgers Links - Stadium Upgrades

Holy Moly! The upcoming changes at Dodger Stadium look awesome. It'll be a $100 Million renovation that will include a new center field plaza -- two acres of food concession stands, beer garden/sports bars, a children’s play area, the relocated Jackie Robinson statue and a permanent home for the “Legends of Dodger Baseball” plaques.. Per Arash Markazi at the LA Times:
“We’re finally going to have a front door with this entertainment plaza we’re building below and beyond the pavilions,” said Stan Kasten, Dodgers president and chief executive. “It’s going to act like a two-acre tailgating area pre- and postgame.”
“This is all meant to be a celebration of the Dodgers and Dodgers history and provide fans with the kind of amenities that you see at new ballparks without changing our postcard view,” (Janet Marie) Smith said. “We relish the beauty of this place and want to preserve that. I know when fans hear we’re renovating the pavilions the first thing they ask is what’s going to happen to the wooden benches. The answer is they’re staying in place. None of those things that fans love will change. We’re just improving the experience.”
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  • This Day in Dodgers historyIn 1939 the Dodgers once again used yellow-colored baseballs during a game at Ebbets Field. This time it was against the Cardinals, and Brooklyn lost the game, 12-0In 1962 Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. You can listen to his induction speech hereIn 1974 Steve Garvey, who was a write-in candidate, had a single, double and an RBI during the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. He would be named the MVP of the game. In 1975 Willie Crawford and Lee Lacy hit pinch-hit home runs in the ninth inning in a loss against the Cardinals, 5-4. The homers tied a Major League record for pinch-hit homers in the same inning.
  • Happy Birthday, Hod FordPaul ChervinkoPee Wee ReeseDon DrysdaleNomar GarciaparraLarry Barnes & Hung-Chih Kuo!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Angels Series Starts Tuesday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

The next homestand starts on Tuesday against the California Angels -- Freeway Series! Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
Please note that the Dodgers are embarking on a new culinary experience at the stadium. Fans can find the LA Feeds Blue Chef Series located in the right field plaza that will feature a special Chef Series pop-up concession stand. This homestand will feature foods from Border Grill + Socalo. More information is available at the bottom of this post.

Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:10 PM
Kenta Maeda vs Felix Pena
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2019 Topps Allen & Ginter - All the Dodger Insert Cards

Here's a look at nearly all of the Dodger insert cards found in packs of Allen & Ginter. One of the newest inserts available include "Have Ball, Will Travel Token Relic" cards that has an original/vintage mass transit token from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit System embedded within it. Go here to check out the Dodger base cards.

Baseball Framed Mini Autographs

#MA-MMU Max Muncy

Blog Kiosk: 7/22/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Thank you, Fernando! Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“It’s very special. It’s a great honor, because the Dodgers have the history of tremendous ballplayers for many years. To be part of this, it’s a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “When the Dodgers mentioned I was going to be in with these two great ballplayers … that means a lot. Steve Garvey, he was my first baseman when I came up as a rookie. He supported me. He helped me a lot for my first couple years. To now be part of the same group, to be selected for this honor, is tremendous.”
Photo abvoe via Jon SooHoo at Dodger Insider 2019. Go here to check out more pics from Saturday's ceremony. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1966 DodgerVision at Dodger Stadium relays a message to Mets outfielder Ron Swoboda during the game. It says, "Congratulations, Ron Swoboda. Your new son is born tomorrow morning". Cecilia Swoboda gave birth to Chipper, the couple's first child, at 1:05 a.m. EST, making it the next day on the West Coast. In 2005 Yhency Brazoban breaks Steve Howe's Dodger rookie record for saves when he works a perfect inning against the Mets to record his 18th save. He would finish with 21 saves during the season.
  • Happy Birthday, Sheldon LejeuneElmer KnetzerLindsay BrownKevin Pasley!

Friday, July 19, 2019

2019 Topps Diamond Icons - All the Dodger Cards

Last week saw the release of a super-high-end card brand called 2019 Topps Diamond Icons. For the price of $1000 you receive one box containing ten cards -- nine of which will be autographed including two with a relic piece) and one relic card. Go here for a complete checklist. Below is a look at the Dodger cards that are available.


  • #AC-CKE Clayton Kershaw -- Redemption Card
#AC-SK Sandy Koufax

2019 Donruss Optic Baseball - All the Dodger Insert Cards

Now that you've seen all of the Dodger base cards, here is a look at the inserts found in packs of Panini's 2019 Donruss Optic brand.

Rated Rookie Signatures

#13 Dennis Santana              #46 Caleb Ferguson

Blog Kiosk: 7/19/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out Pee Wee Reese's acrobatic throw to first. Unfortunately, the runners break-up attempt worked.
Some Snappy Work at Second
Chicago - Marvin Rickert of Cubs slides into 2nd too late in the 5th inning as Brooklyn Dodger Pee Wee Reese leaps high into the air to throw to first in an unsuccessful attempt to double Ed Waitkus in the June 8 game between the Cubs and Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Cubs won, 2-0. (6-9-1946) (boxscore)
Acme press photo above found on eBay (eBay Link). Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1977 Don Sutton took home All-Star Game MVP honors when the NL defeated the AL 7-5 at Yankee Stadium. As the starting pitcher, Sutton threw three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, one walk and struck out four. Fellow teammate Steve Garvey hit a third inning solo home run. In 1993 outfielder Raul Mondesi made his Major League debut and recorded a single in his very first at-bat. In 2015 Zack Greinke extends his scoreless innings streak to 43 2/3 by pitching eight shutout innings against the Nationals (boxscore)
  • Happy BirthdayBill HartErve BeckBen GeraghtyLuis Avilan & Rachel Robinson

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Todd Hollandsworth, Alanna Rizzo and Alex Verdugo

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.


Marlins Series Starts Friday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

The next homestand starts on Monday against the Washington Nationals. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. I will update this should new and updated information become available. Here are some important links:
Please note that the Dodgers are embarking on a new culinary experience at the stadium. Fans can find the LA Feeds Blue Chef Series located in the right field plaza that will feature a special Chef Series pop-up concession stand. This homestand will feature foods from Border Grill + Socalo. More information is available at the bottom of this post.


Friday, July 19th at 7:10 PM
Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Zac Gallen
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2019 Topps Allen & Ginter - All the Dodger Base Cards

One of Topps more popular sets is now in stores. This week saw the release of Topps' 2019 Allen & Ginter brand, and I've got pics of all the Dodger base cards below. Go here for a complete checklist. As I'm sure you know, each base card also has a parallel mini version available. Additionally, the 'Base Mini Exclusives' and 'Mini Metal' cards shown below can only be found in RIP cards.


#32 Sandy Koufax             #33 Walker Buehler

Blog Kiosk: 7/18/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Jackie and Pee Wee had a little bit of fun during their 1949 pennant run.
Bear Mountain, NY - August 15, 1949 - Jackie to Pee Wee but Nobody on Base -- With coach Herman Hickman and his Eastern College All-Stars in pursuit, Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson (left) whip pass to his baseball teammate Pee Wee Reese (right) at training session of the footballers for game with the New York Giants at Polo Grounds, Sept. 1. The Baseballers, guests of the New York baseball writers at an outing, dropped in on training session nearby. 
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  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1939 the Dodgers receive shortstop Pee Wee Reese from the Red Sox in exchange for $35,000, three minor leaguers and a player to be named later. It is later discovered that a poor scouting report filled out by then Boston shortstop Joe Cronin had purposefully downplayed Reese's abilities for fear of losing his job with the team. In 1949 Jackie Robinson testified in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities to express his disagreement with actor Paul Robeson's assertion that African-Americans would not fight a war against Russia due to America's history of racial animus. In 1957 Gil Hodges hit his 12th career grand slam to tie a National League record held by both Rogers Hornsby and Ralph Kiner.
  • Happy BirthdayJohnny Hopp!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Memorabilia from Elton John's Concert at Dodger Stadium

I don't always pay attention to rock 'n roll memorabilia, but the current Heritage auction is a worthy exception. As I'm sure you know, Dodger Stadium has been host to plenty of musical acts over the decades. Just last weekend Paul McCartney headlined a sold-out gig there -- a bit of a reprise of the Beatles concert at the stadium in 1966. Other musical guest at Chavez Ravine have included Genesis, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, U2, KISS, *NSYNC, Madonna and The Rolling Stones. One artist's performance, though has become legend.

Over two nights in late October 1975 Elton John, who had just released his 10th studio album "Rock of the Westies" the day before, came to Dodger Stadium and played in front of over 100,000 adoring fans -- the largest concert ever, at the time. Best yet, he strutted out onto the outfield stage during his second set of the evening wearing a super-sparkly blinged-out Dodger uniform.

2019 Topps Baseball Factory Exclusive Cards - The Dodger Chrome Greatest Card Reprints

As always, the Topps flagship factory sets sold online and through major retailers like Target includes several exclusive sets. One of these sets includes shiny chromium versions of the rookie cards of three Dodger legends -- Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax and Mike Piazza. It is known as the Chrome Greatest Chrome Reprints and they can only be found in the orange Target factory sets (like the one seen above). Go here for a complete checklist.

Chrome Greatest Card Reprints

#2 Jackie Robinson                  #17 Sandy Koufax

#24 Mike Piazza

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2019 Donruss Optic Baseball - The Dodger Base Cards

Panini's Donruss Optic brand has just hit store shelves, and I've got pics of the handful of Dodger base cards to share below. Go here for a complete checklist. As you may know, Optic is basically a chrome version of their Donruss flagship brand, so you'll recognize many of the card designs. I hope to have pics of the Dodger inserts soon.


Diamond Kings
#26 Max Muncy

Blog Kiosk: 7/17/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

That was a tough loss -- especially since we scratched and clawed to not only stay in the game, but to also eventually overtake the lead going into the ninth. Unfortunately, Jansen's woes continue. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“Every game stings to lose, especially the way it started,” manager Dave Roberts told SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo. “And for Walker to hold serve and keep us in the game and turn in a quality outing actually. … and the bullpen up until that last inning was very good, and offensively we did some things to keep clawing along, keep getting the game closer, to ultimately the Matt Beaty homer off their closer was a huge hit. So there’s a lot of good takeaways, but ultimately we didn’t win a game.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019 at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1954 the Dodgers field the very first starting nine that consist of a majority of black ballplayers for the first time in Major League history. In 1974 Dodger starter Tommy John suffers an arm injury on the mound against the Expos that would eventually lead to a revolutionary new surgery that would be widely known as "Tommy John Surgery" -- to repair a torn ligament in the elbow by replacing it with a ligament taken from another part of the body. The surgery is performed by Dr. Frank Jobe. In 1976 Walter Alson wins his 2,000th game as a manager. His Dodgers defeat the Cubs in Los Angeles, 5-4. Alston would then leave the Dodgers at the end of this season -- finishing with a 2,040-1,613 lifetime mark as skipper.
  • Happy BirthdayEddie Brown!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

2019 Bowman Platinum Baseball - The Dodger Insert Cards

Now that you've seen the base cards, below are some of the Dodger inserts that are available in packs of 2019 Bowman Platinum -- a Walmart exclusive brand from Topps. Unfortunately, several of the Clayton Kershaw and Kiebert Ruiz cards have yet to surface.

Platinum Cut Autographs

#PCA-MM Max Muncy

2019 Topps Now - #518 - Bellinger's Wild Monday

If I'm not mistaken, this is Cody Bellinger's 13th Topps Now card (including a 'Moment of the Week' card) of the season. This card celebrates his two home runs off the Phillies that helped him retake the National League lead in home runs. Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
Cody Bellinger's incredible season continued as the slugger launched two home runs and recorded four hits in a 16-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The huge game brought Bellinger's gaudy season numbers to a League-leading 33 home runs, 75 RBI and a robust.341 batting average.

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Welcome to the Blue, Casey Sadler!

It seems likely that the Dodgers will try to find a solution to their bullpen woes during the second-half of the season -- by calling up some youngsters or guys recently traded for. First up is right-hander Casey Sadler. He was acquired by the Dodgers a couple of weeks ago from the Rays, and has appeared in two games for the Oklahoma City Dodgers before being called up yesterday. Although he had given up four runs in those two appearances, he did it by striking out nine batters while walking only one. Per a Dodgers press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today recalled right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler from Triple-A Oklahoma City and designated left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup for assignment. Sadler will wear number 65.

Blog Kiosk: 7/16/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I can't help but smile at the thought of the Dodgers destroying the Phillies. It just warms my heart. Per Paul Casella at MLB,com:
“I drank two Red Bulls and took a lot of Advil," said Bellinger, who went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and four runs. "So I was feeling all right."
So, that's his secret.

Photo above via Mary Snyder/MLB.com at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1936 the game between the Dodgers and Reds in Cincinnati is postponed due to a heat wave that crippled much of the Midwest. The extreme weather, exacerbated by the Dust Bowl, results in over 5,000 deaths in the United States. In 1948 Brooklyn agrees to a deal with the Giants that releases their manager, Leo Durocher, so that he may become the skipper for the Giants. Burt Shotten would take over the managerial position for the Dodgers. BTW, Phillies manager Ben Chapman, infamous for his racist tirade against Jackie Robinson, is fired by Philadelphia on this same day. In 2000 Dodgers skipper Davey Johnson is hospitalized after experiencing dizziness caused by an irregular heartbeat. Per a CBS story:
"He's very unhappy about being in the hospital," Dr. Mellman said. "And he's not very happy with me, because I told him to go to the hospital instead of coming to the game tonight. That's Davey Johnson."

Monday, July 15, 2019

2018 Leaf Trinity - All the Dodger Cards

Leaf continues to boggle the mind. It is the middle of July 2019 and they saw fit, for whatever reason, to release a brand new prospect-based baseball card set called 2018 Leaf Trinity.... 2018? They've done this before, but never this late in the year.

Featured below are the only two Dodger prospects found in boxes -- Keibert Ruiz and DJ Peters. Go here to check out a complete checklist. BTW, it's likely that there are several different "inscribed" signature cards for both of them, the listing below is not entirely complete.


#DJP D.J. Peters

Blog Kiosk: 7/15/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

AJ Pollock is doing everything he can to make sure we haven't forgotten him. Since coming back from the IL on Friday he has gone 6-for-14 with two home runs with six RBI's. On Saturday he said, via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“It’s only two games, but I like where I’m at,” Pollock said. “Physically, feel great, my legs feel really good and I’m in a good place health-wise. Hopefully I can have different results than my first go-round. It’s fun to get back. It’s a great group to be part of.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1960 play at Candlestick Park is halted for 24 minutes after Giants first baseman Willie McCovey hits a Don Drysdale pitch in the second inning to shallow left field that no one can see due to thick fog. McCovey is given a "invisible triple." In 2004 Eric Gagne records his 24th save of the season, helping defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3. The save is his 130th as a Dodger -- breaking Jeff Shaw's record for most career saves in franchise history. In 2017 Cody Bellinger hit for a cycle against the Marlins at Marlins Park -- becoming the first Dodger rookie to have ever done so. You can watch highlights of the game here.
  • Happy Birthday, Dan McGannBruce EdwardsJames BaldwinMiguel Olivo!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 7/12/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Dodger fans have always traveled well.

Featured above is a group of avid Brooklyn Dodger fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia on the last day of the 1949 season, October 2nd. The team only had a one game lead over the Cardinals going into this last game, so fans dutifully headed south in hopes that their presence would push their club over the finish line.

It worked.

The Dodgers defeated the Phillies, 9-7, and won the National League Pennant. In celebration, these fans proudly display their affection for the team.... Although, I suspect these rooters were showing off this placard throughout the game.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

An eBay Auction Win - Don Newcombe Fan Taken Photo Snapshot

There's nothing I love more than an oddball Dodger collectible to add to my collection. Featured above is circa 1949-50 fan-taken snapshot of Dodger hurler Don Newcombe with two fans. Originally taken during Spring Training, we do not know much about who the two gents are, or the circumstances surrounding the photo, but I think it's fair to say that this is one-of-a-kind. Best yet, this purchase was probably one of my best ever -- I took it home for less than $10 delivered.

On a side note, the seller had one other snapshot available for sale that featured Jackie Robinson and his son playing a little bit of ball. I had hoped to take that one home too, but bidding was furious. It ended up selling for $174. Check out that photo below.

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2019 Topps Now - Moment Of The Week - #MOW-14 - Cody Bellinger

For the first time a Dodger is a part of the 'Moment of the Week' Topps Now set. Over the past couple of years Topps has been polling collectors online to determine what event should receive a 'Moment of the Week' card. This weeks winner features Cody Bellinger, along with Christian Yelich and Pete Alonso, and it makes note of their 30 home runs before the All-Star break. Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger and Pete Alonso became the first of at least three players to reach 30 home runs before the MLB All-Star Game break since 1998, when Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey, Jr., Sammy Sosa and Greg Vaughn reached the plateau. Yelich, Bellinger and Alonso have all been consistent forces, each carrying batting averages of at least .280 and driving in at least 65 runs.

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