Wednesday, February 26, 2020

2020 Topps Heritage - Some of the Dodger Inserts

As I'm sure you know, Topps officially released their Heritage Baseball brand today and this time it pays homage to the 1971 Topps flagship Baseball card set. This set is infamous for their black borders (that often chipped easily) and off-center cards. I suspect we won't have to worry about that issues in this throwback brand.

On the right is a look at the the wax box, which includes Cody Bellinger on the far left. Go here for a complete checklist.

I do not have pics of all the base cards to share yet, but I have several of the inserts ready to go. Below are all the Dodger cards found in the Clubhouse Collection Relics, Then and Now, 1971 Topps Greatest Moments and 1971 Topps Super insert sets.

Clubhouse Collection Relics

#CCR-CB Cody Bellinger       #CCR-CK Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 2/26/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this vintage, likely 1950's era, photograph featuring former Dodger and Negro League star Dan Bankhead, available via eBay (link here). As you may know, he was acquired by the Dodgers in 1947 from the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro American League in hopes he could perform some magic for the playoff bound Brooklyn Dodgers. Unfortunately, he was wild and ineffective.

Often compared to Bob Feller, Bankhead sported a blistering fastball with a good curve, but faced control issues when in the Majors. Overall, he played parts of three season for Brooklyn -- going 9-5 with a 6.52 ERA.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1952 Dodgers all-star pitcher Don Newcombe is sworn into the Army to serve in the Korean War. The 26-year old would miss the next two seasons, and struggle on the field his first year back in 1954. Then, he would go on to regain his old form over the next two seasons by winning a collective 47 games and leading the Dodgers to its first World Series championship in 1955. In 2001 the Dodgers traded outfielder Devon White to the Brewers for Marquis Grissom. In two seasons Grissom would slash .245/.281/.450/.731 with 38 homeruns, 120 RBI's and an OPS+ of 94.
  • Happy Birthday, Preacher Roe, Ron Negray & Matt Luke!