Thursday, December 05, 2019

REA has a Bunch of Dodger Collectibles


Robert Edwards Auctions current 2019 Fall Auction is just days away from closing, so I figured I should take a moment to point out some of my favorite Dodgers memorabilia in it.

At the very top is a Roy Campanella worn warm-up Dodgers jacket, dated to the 1953 season -- the year he won his second MVP award (Auction Link). It was originally attained at a 1986 charity auction held by the Dodgers 65 Roses Club. For those who don't know, this charity focuses on cystic fibrosis.

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Dodger Prospects Gavin Lux and Jacob Amaya

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.

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Two Dodger prospects will be signing autographs for fans this coming Saturday, December 7th, at the Sports Authentics USA store at the Puente Hills Mall. Star infield prospects Gavin Lux and Jacob Amaya will be there. Go here or here for more information. Per a note on their facebook page: "Today (Thursday) is the last day that you can purchase advance tickets at our website SportsAuthenticsUSA.org . Additional tickets will be available for sale at our store day of event ...until we sell out."

Jacob Amaya from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Gavin Lux from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Sports Authentics USA
(626)581-2016
Puent Hills Mall
1600 South Azusa Avenue, Suite 518
City of Industry, CA, 91748

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2019 Bowman Chrome X Baseball - The Dodger Cards


I believe this product is destined for failure -- the same way eTopps eventually failed several years back. Featured here is a brand new product from Topps called '2019 Bowman Chrome X Baseball', and it is being sold as a sort-of investment grade product. Basically, boxes and cases were offered in a kind-of IPO (Initial Public Offering) setting, then a clearing price would be set and collectors would own that product. BTW, these cards were only offered through Topps partner, StockX. You may know that company as a big player in the sale of vintage, used and new sneakers. Apparently, they've branched out to also sell memorabilia and collectibles on their stock market-like website.

The boxes sold at the original strike price of $50 each and five-box cases initial sold at $300. Also, initial buyers had the option of having the cards shipped to them or kept within the StockX coffers for future trading on their website. Currently, a box has a current "ask" and "bid" of $84 and $74, respectively. Cases are at $499 and $405, respectively. Go here to learn more about these cards at StockX. You can check out a complete checklist here.

Only two Dodger prospects are available here -- pitcher Mitchell White and catcher Keibert Ruiz. Check them both out below.

On a side note, I've compared this brand to an older Topps product launched in 2000 called eTopps. As you may know, eTopps provided a similar real-time online marketplace through eBay. Individual cards, rather than unopened boxes, were sold through an IPO process, and could either be shipped to you or kept at Topps for future trading on eBay. Individual card sales lasted through early-2012, and a total of 2,974 unique eTopps cards were produced. Additionally, a total of 3,986,192 cards were printed. You can still check out the eTopps website here (it still exist).

Prospects Green X-Fractor

#BCP-172 Mitchell White       #BCP-235 Keibert Ruiz

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2019 Topps On-Demand Set #21 -- Reflection Baseball -- All the Dodger Cards

Here's a look at another On-Demand set that recently hit the market. It is called Reflection Baseball, and it was billed as a set, "built by fans and collectors for fans and collectors." Apparently, Topps had polled collectors and this set is the result. Go here to check out a complete checklist.

There are 50 cards in the base set and two Dodgers are represented there -- Cody Bellinger and Sandy Koufax.

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#7 Cody Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 12/5/2019 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends


Above is a 1950's era New York Herald Tribune press photograph featuring Carl Furillo rounding thirdbase, presumably after hitting a home run (eBay auction link). He is greeted by coach Walter Alston. Unfortunately, an exact date of the photo is unknown. It was originally taken by staff photographer Jack Frank.

Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Check Out Some Vintage Brooklyn Dodgers Memorabilia at Lelands


Now this is the kind of memorabilia I like to see.

Currently, Lelands auction house is running their 2019 Fall Classic auction and there's a bunch of Brooklyn stuff in it. There's vintage porcelain, clothing, jewelry, advertising art and spring training collectibles. The best piece of all, though can be seen above.

Featured at the very top is a game-used Baseball (Auction Link) from Game 1 of the 1916 World Series between the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) and the Boston Red Sox -- a team headed by then star pitcher Babe Ruth. Best yet, the ball comes directly from the personal collection of Ruth teammate Dick Hoblitzell. Per the auction description:

2019 Topps Transcendent Collection - The Dodger Cards

The super-high-end Transcendent Collection Baseball card brand by Topps was released last week and it's a doozy. For the cost of an economy car (more than $25,000) you can get a special metal framed suitcase fill with 54 autographs (including Jeter and Griffey Jr.), 1 original sketch, 2 Complete Sets (Transcendent Icons & Franchise Favorites Reproductions) and 1 VIP Invitation to meet Ken Griffey Jr. Prior Transcendent sets had fan greets with Mike Trout (2018), Hand Aaron (2017) and Kris Bryant (2016).

Check out most of the Dodger cards below. Go here for a complete checklist. Unfortunately, I have not yet seen photos of any of the 'one of one' Dodger cards.

BTW, you can watch an unboxing of a suitcase here.

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#4 Cody Bellinger

2019 Topps Curated Sets - X Tatis Jr. 0.23 & X Lindor - All the Dodger Cards

I don't know if I like the current trend of releasing curated sets, but as long as there's a Dodger within then I'll continue to share them all here. As you may know, Topps ended the 2018 season with their very first curated set created with the help of Bryce Harper -- it was called '2018 Topps X Bryce Harper 220'. That set did not include a single Dodger player -- which should have been a hint to all of us that he would not be signing with the Dodgers that following winter.

So far this year, Topps has released three of these sets and I am only now sharing pics of two of them. During this years National Sports Collectors Convention they released a Gary Vee curated set called '2019 Topps X Gary Vee Direct360', and I shared photos of them in August. Go here to check out that set.

The other two sets are below. First is the most recent curated set, released in October, that was put together with the help of Padres stud prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. It is called '2019 Topps X Tatis Jr. 0.23 Baseball'. Go here to check out a complete checklist. Joc Pederson is the only Dodger found in the set. Following that is a curated set created by Francsico Lindo called '2019 Topps X Lindor'. Both Jackie Robinson and Cody Bellinger cards can be found there. Go here for a complete checklist.

2019 Topps X Tatis Jr. 0.23 Baseball

Mochalo - Best celebrations in MLB
#3 Joc Pederson

Blog Kiosk: 12/4/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here's another great moment from the Dodgers first ever championship in 1955. Featured is outfielder Sandy Amoros crossing home plate after hitting a two-out, two-run homer to give Brooklyn an opening lead in Game 5 of the World Series that they would not relinquish. It was taken by legendary photographer Herb Scharfman. Per the descriptor on the bottom:
Sandy Amoros is greeted at the plate by Gil Hodges (14) and the Dodger bat boy after hitting a two run homer over the rightfield wall in the second inning.
I believe the bat boy is the famed Charlie "The Brow" DiGiovanna. He is well known in the collector world for being the ghost signer (secretarial signature) for many of the Brooklyn Dodger players (something that is very common throughout the league). In fact, a Brooklyn Dodger team signed ball known to be signed by his hand sell decently well -- even when you know they aren't real. You can find the above via via eBay (link here). Below are more links to check out:

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

2019 Topps Brooklyn Collection - 582 Montgomery Club - All the Dodger Cards

Topps exclusive Baseball card membership club, the 582 Montgomery Club, continues unabated. They just recently finished up their newest recruitment drive, so it's now closed to new collectors. Those who got in will receive many of the same benefits given to members last year. Go here for more information.

Like last year, this years members had an opportunity to purchase packs from a membership exclusive set called '2019 Topps Brooklyn Collection'. It consist of a fifty card base set and numerous autographed cards. Go here for a complete checklist. BTW, this year a seven-card box sold for $200 a piece (limit four per account); whereas, last year they sold packs at $1,000 a piece.

Below is a look at all of the Dodgers found in this exclusive set. I also want to note that I believe the photos for both the Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax cards have never been used on cardboard before. So, that's a nice surprise, and I wish they would do that more often -- especially when it comes to these high-end cards.

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#23 Cody Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 12/3/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


You know, a photo of Babe Ruth in a Dodgers uniform must always be shared. Featured above is a 1938 vintage photograph of Dodgers first base coach Babe Ruth that is currently available through Hunt Auctions (link here).

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 2007 Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley is elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the veterans committee. In 1991 the Dodgers signed free agent knuckleball pitcher Tom Candiotti to a four-year $15,500,000 contract. He would eventually spend six years in Dodger Blue, recording a 52-64 record with an 3.57 ERA, 3.84 FIP and a 14.6 WAR. 
  • Happy Birthday, Cozy DolanBill HarrisJosé PeñaMark BradleyEric Hull & JT Chargois!

Monday, December 02, 2019

2019 Panini Black Friday -- All the Dodger Cards

Now that Black Friday is over here's a look at the Dodger cards Panini America gave away to collectors at local hobby shops throughout the country. Go here for a complete checklist.

Stay tuned, I hope to have a pic of the lone Topps Black Friday card they gave away online.

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#29 Cody Bellinger

2019 Topps On-Demand Set #10 & #19 -- All the Dodger Cards

Here's a look at a couple of other 2019 Topps 'On-Demand' Baseball card sets and the Dodger players within them.

First, let's take a look at Topps set #10 (originally released several months ago). It is called 'MLB Rookie Progression" and only Walker Buehler can be found in it. I had failed to realize this earlier, so I apologize for the last posting of this card. BTW, I have a pic of the Buehler base card, but do not have a photo of the autographed insert that is available.

The second set I show here features artwork by award-winning sports artist and former MLB player Richard Sullivan. It is Topps #19th set of the year and it is known as the 'Momentum Rising' set. As you can see below, the design and art looks an awful lot like an Allen & Ginter card. Go here for a complete checklist of both sets.

MLB Rookie Progression -- Set #10
Sophomore Standouts Insert

#6 Walker Buehler

Blog Kiosk: 12/2/2019 - Dodgers Links - New Robinson/Shuba Statue to be Created


Mark this on your calendar. April 2021 will mark the 75th anniversary of the historic 1946 handshake between George Shuba and Jackie Robinson, and to honor it Youngstown, Ohio will unveil a statue to celebrate. Dubbed "the handshake of the century", they are aiming to raise $400,000 to complete the 7 foot statue. Go here to help out. Per a press release:
"A handshake at home plate by players of different races is no big deal in America today, but in 1946 it was a historic moment," said Herb Washington, a local businessman and one of the co-chairs of the committee. "We want to memorialize that moment in a way that inspires people to relate more respectfully to those of other races. We need more Americans to follow the examples of Jackie Robinson and George Shuba."
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"In our book, George is quoted as saying he didn't think at the time that shaking a black player's hand was a big deal," said Greg Gulas, a retired Youngstown State University sports information director and another committee co-chair. "He had played with black and white guys at Chaney High School and in sandlot games in Youngstown for years. He shook Jackie's hand because he had just hit a three-run homer. George was proud to be Jackie's teammate for the Royals and the Dodgers, not because Jackie was black but because he was an incredible baseball player."
Photo above via RobinsonShuba.org -- "Connecticut sculptor Marc Mellon recently created a rough early study of the Robinson Shuba statue. Plans call for the Jackie Robinson and George Shuba likenesses to stand nearly 7 feet tall in the actual statue planned in Youngstown, Ohio." Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 11/27/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here's an AP wirephoto featuring the great Roy Campanella (eBay listing).
February 9, 1972 -- 'Campy' Comments -- Roy Campanella reflects on a photo of himself as a Brooklyn Dodger Thursday, at New York's Gallaghers restaurant where he volunteered to serve as sports chairman for the Highway Safety Foundation. Commenting on the naming of black athletes Josh Gibson, a catcher, and Walter "Buck" Leonard, a first baseman, to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Campanella said, "They were two of the greatest players I ever played with."
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger HistoryIn 1953 Roy Campanella is the named the National League MVP for the second time in his career. He slashed .312/.395/.611/1.006 with 41 homer runs, a league leading 142 RBI's and recorded 7.1 WAR. In 1956 Don Newcombe was awarded the inaugural Cy Young Award, going 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA. A week prior he was given both the MVP and Rookie of the Year Awards; thereby becoming the first and only player to win all three major awards for a pitcher in one season.
  • Happy BirthdayJimmy SchmitzMike Scioscia & Jimmy Rollins!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

2019 Topps Gallery - All the Dodger Cards

Last week saw the release Topps newest Walmart exclusive Baseball card brand -- 2019 Topps Gallery. As the name suggest, it featured ballplayers in artistically drawn portraits. Go here for a complete checklist.

There are 200 base cards, of which eight are Dodgers' -- including four short-printed cards. As with any set featuring drawings, the portraits are hit or miss. The Clayton Kershaw card below is clearly very well done. The cards of Walker Buehler and Dennis Santana, less so. There is one card, though that would rank as one of the ugliest things I've seen in awhile -- rivaling the 2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions card of Ron Cey (link here). To see what I mean go to the bottom of this post and check out the 'Master & Apprentice' insert card of Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw. It's not pretty.

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#3 Clayton Kershaw

#103 Will Smith              #107 Max Muncy

2019 Topps On-Demand Set #16 - Dynamic Duals - All the Dodger Cards

Here's a look at another 'On-Demand' Topps set that includes some Dodgers. It is set #16 and it has been dubbed the Dynamic Duals set. Go here for a complete checklist. A total of 850 base sets were created. Check out all the Dodgers' below.

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#22 Clayton Kershaw / Will Smith

Blog Kiosk: 11/26/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Roy is "A-Okay".
Roy Campanella, popular Brooklyn Dodger catcher, winks and gives the "okay" sign to a group of admiring small fry after a physician said Campy's injured left hand isn't permanently damaged and he's fit for duty in the All-Star game in Cleveland.
Dated July 13, 1954, the above vintage press photo (available through eBay) features some very relieved Brooklyn fans with Roy Campanella. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1962 the Dodgers traded right-handed hurler Stan Williams to the Yankees for first baseman Bill Skowron. He would play just one season for Los Angeles -- slashing .203/.252/.287/.539 in 89 games. In 1965 Dodgers second baseman Jim Lefebvre is voted National League Rookie of the Year. In 2010 the Dodgers signed free agent righty Jon Garland to a one-year $5 million contract. Garland would start nine games, going 1-5 with an 4.33 ERA, then go on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort -- leading to shoulder surgery.
  • Happy Birthday, Jim CanavanDan McFarlanBob LeeJeff TorborgJorge Orta & Jay Howell!

Monday, November 25, 2019

2019 Bowman Topps Holiday -- All the Dodger Cards

A couple of weeks back Topps released their 2019 Bowman Topps Holiday Baseball cards -- exclusively available at local participating hobby stores. There are five Dodgers' in the base set; including prospects Cristian Santana, Josiah Gray and Keibert Ruiz. Check them all out below. Go here for a complete checklist.

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Veterans and Rookies
#TH-CB Cody Bellinger       #TH-MMU Max Muncy

2019 Topps Dynasty - The Dodgers Cards

Several weeks back Topps released their 2019 Topps Dynasty brand, and I finally have pics of many of the Dodgers available in it. Go here for a complete checklist. This is a high-end product -- costing about $300 for one single encapsulated autographed card per box. So, every pack should have a big hit in it.

For Dodger fans, this set is notable since it includes two former Dodgers in Blue -- Adrian Beltre and Rickey Henderson.

Autographed Patches

#Adrian Beltre
#DAB-ABE4

Blog Kiosk: 11/25/2019 - Dodgers Links - Vin Scully Collection Coming to Auction in 2020


Holy Moly!

I had suspected, with the MLB All-Star Game scheduled for Dodger Stadium next season, that Hunt Auctions would have something special for collectors to chase. As you may know, Hunt has had an annual MLB All-Star Week auction and it usually includes some historically important memorabilia. For 2020, though they have truly gone above and beyond. According to an announcement this morning, they have secured select items from the personal collection of Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully -- easily the most iconic Dodger personality in its history.

There's no word yet on how many items will be available, but based on the pic in their email it appears he'll be parting with some items from a Dodgers Tour of Japan, his 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ring, the 1981 World Series trophy and some personal photographs.

Stay tuned I'll be sure to highlight everything once more information is available. Below are more links to check out:

Friday, November 22, 2019

2019 Topps On-Demand Set #13 - Lenticular 3-D Cards - All the Dodgers'

Here's a new product that has me wishing I'd bought some packs. As you know, Topps has been releasing weekly online exclusive sets, dubbed "On-Demand" cards, for collectors to chase. Usually, they'll place modern ballplayers on vintage card designs - much like the fantasy cards I and a lot of collectors enjoy making. This particular set, though uses a card technology that Topps isn't exactly known for -- unless you want to count their 1968 test issue.

Featured here are all the Dodger cards found in Topps On-Demand Set #13 -- their Lenticular 3-D set. Go here for a complete checklist.

These cards are exactly like those old Sportflics cards from the late-80's -- using a printing process called "lenticular printing" that they referred to as a "Triple Action Magic Motion®" cards. A total of 100 ballplayers are in the base set, of which six are Dodgers.  Check them all out below. BTW, a total of 9,000 packs were sold and this translates into a print of 540 copies for each base card.

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#25 Clayton Kershaw

2019 Topps Now - All-Star Rookie Team - Will Smith


I am late again with this newest 2019 Topps Now Dodger card. Available for most of yesterday is an All-Star Rookie Team Cup card of Dodgers catching phenom Will Smith. Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
Will smith provided the Los Angeles Dodgers with pop from the catching position once he made his debut, routinely coming up with clutch hits. The rookie's impressive power and sold defense at the most demanding position in the League gave the Dodgers an edge.

Friday, November 15, 2019

2019 Topps Now - #AW-7 - MVP Cody Bellinger


The Topps Now MVP card celebrating Cody Bellinger's most recent trophy is now available. Go here to check it out and order.

Unless there's some blockbuster trade coming down the pike, this is likely to be the last Topps Now Dodger card of the season.

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2019 Panini Prizm Draft Picks - The Dodger cards

Panini's Prizm Draft Picks brand hit the collectors market last week, and I've got pics of most of the Dodger prospects to share. Go here for a complete checklist.

There are three recent Dodger draftees in this set, and each one has at least one base card and an autographed card to chase after. In 2019 the Dodgers had two first round draft picks and both of them are represented here. Kody Hoese, the 25th overall pick, has two base cards and an autograph card in the set.  Michael Busch, our other 1st round pick (31st overall), has a base an auto'd card available. The third Dodger is right-handed high school hurler Jimmy Lewis -- who had apparently signed with the club as their second round pick from the 2019 Draft, but has not yet pitched in a minor league game. He has both a base and autographed card available.

On a side note, Jimmy Lewis is currently in the early stages of a throwing program. An MRI by the Dodgers showed there to be a slight labrum tear. Fortunately, surgery was deemed not necessary at this time. Lewis should hopefully be on the mound next season.

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#22 Kody Hoese              #32 Michael Busch

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Congrats, Belli! You're an MVP!


WooHoo!

As you surely know by now, Cody Bellinger has just been named the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player. He received 19 of 30 first place votes to garner an overall score of 362 point -- finishing just ahead of runner-up Christian Yelich at 317 points. Cody is the twelfth Dodger player to win the award, the last position player being Kirk Gibson in 1988 (Clayton Kershaw had won the award in 2014 ). It is also the fourteenth time a Dodger has been named MVP -- Roy Campanella was awarded the prize three times. BTW, four Dodger pitchers have been named MVP in the past. Per a Dodger press release:
The Chandler High School (Az.) graduate becomes the first Arizona born player in Major League Baseball history to win the Most Valuable Player award and is the third Dodger player to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP, joining Jackie Robinson and Don Newcombe. He is now the only player in franchise history to win the MVP, Rawlings Gold Glove and Louisville Silver Slugger in the same season.

2019 Topps High Tek -- All the Dodger Cards

The 2019 Topps High Tek Baseball card brand is now out and I've got pics of all the Dodgers' to share. Check them out below. Go here for a complete checklist.

As always, this product focuses on distinctive backgrounds -- consisting of three main designs to go along with various patterns and parallels.  So, if you're a 'player collector' then this is a set for you. You are looking at well over a dozen different parallel/pattern cards available for each player in the base set.

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#81 Clayton Kershaw           #82 Sandy Koufax

Blog Kiosk: 11/14/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here's another fantastic spring training Dodgers' AP press photo that I an across on ebay (link here). It features Long Beach product Rocky Bridges (left) along with Dodgers cap Pee Wee Reese. It is dated February 28, 1952.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Baseball History: In 1979 the Dodgers signed free agent starting pitcher David Goltz to a six-year $3MM contract. The former eight-year Twins veteran went 9-19 with a 4.25 ERA in three season with the team before being release in 1982. In 2016 Corey Seager is named the unanimous winner of the National League Rookie of the Year award.
  • Happy BirthdayHarry HowellRed SheridanJim Brewer & Tim Hamulak!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

2019 Topps Total - Wave 9 - All the Dodger Cards

The last and final wave from Topps online exclusive set, 2019 Topps Total, is now out, and it includes three more Dodgers to collect -- Adam Kolarek, Matt Beaty and Walker Buehler. Go here for a complete checklist. Also, there is an autographed Walker Buehler card available in packs.

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#813 Adam Kolarek              #826 Matt Beaty

Blog Kiosk: 11/13/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I still believe that we'll get to witness something like this. Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Los Angeles Dodgers star southpaw pitcher Sandy Koufax hoist a champagne toast in dressing room here 10/6, after the Dodgers won the 4th World Series game in a row to give them the title. The Dodgers handed New York its first 4-game shutout in 28 trips to the classic.
UPI photo photo came from an eBay listing, dated 10/6/1963. Below are more links to check out:

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

2019 Topps Clear Travel Promo Set - All the Dodger Cards

Here is a brand new 2019 Topps promotional set I am just finding out about. It is called '2019 Topps Clear Travel' and it was given away at select ballparks and airports. For those who don't know, Clear offers biometric identification services that can be used for travel and sports events. Per Cardboard Connection:
Based on what we heard from readers, the packs were earned by using the CLEAR Lane mobile ticket option at stadiums. Topps indicated that they are also found at airports. Participating teams include the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.
There are three Dodgers available in the 100 card base set -- Clayton kershaw, Corey Seager and Justin Turner. Check them all out below.

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#CP-14 Clayton Kershaw