Wednesday, March 11, 2020

2020 Topps Opening Day - The Dodgers Base Cards

With Opening Day looming, Topps has released their annual Opening Day set, and I've got pics of all the Dodger base cards to share. This set officially released today. As you may know, this brand is almost a carbon-copy of the flagship set they released a couple of weeks ago -- the main difference being a smaller base set and an Opening Day graphic on the front of each card. Go here for a complete checklist.

We are also treated to a first look at what the flagship cards will look like for Corey Seager, Walker Buehler and Will Smith cards in either the Series 2 or Update sets when they come out later this season. All three of these players are not found in the Series 1 flagship base set.

BTW, there are a couple of variations available -- Max Muncy and Walker Buehler -- but I do not have photos of them yet. Check out the Dodgers' base cards below.


#9 Joc Pederson               #14 Alex Verdugo

Blog Kiosk: 3/11/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this vintage photograph I ran into while perusing eBay. It is a Barney Stein photo of the 1956 Brooklyn Dodger team at the Atomic Memorial in Hiroshima during their Tour of Japan series that fall (eBay link). I suspect it was originally found in one of those presentation photo albums the team made for the players and staff that headed for the Far East. You can also see this exact image at the Walter O' website, where it says:
A bronze plaque from the Dodgers was presented at the Hiroshima stadium with the following legend: “We dedicate this visit in memory of those baseball fans and others who died by atomic action on August 6, 1945. May their souls rest in peace and with God’s help and man’s resolution peace will prevail, forever, amen.” Among those attending the presentation were Dodger President Walter O’Malley, manager Walter Alston, and Dodger players as Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, and Duke Snider.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1953 the very first spring game is played at the newly built Holman Stadium at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. The Dodgers faced off against the A's and defeated then, 4-2. In 1972 Dodgers Hall of Fame legend Zach Wheat dies at the age of 83. He was a Brooklyn Dodgers for 18 seasons -- slashing .317/.367/.452/.819 with 131 home runs, 2,804 hits and a batting title in 1918.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill PoundsJoe DunnBobby AbreuRich HillPedro Baez!