Wednesday, May 13, 2020

2020 Bowman 1st Edition -- The Dodgers Autographed Cards

A couple weeks ago Topps released their 2020 Bowman 1st Edition online exclusive cards and you can see pics of all the Dodgers' here. As you know, Topps' Bowman brand had been delayed due to COVID-19, so they quickly cobbled together the 1st Edition set to satisfy collector demand. It could only be purchase online, and they sold out very quickly.

This new brand includes a 150 card base set and an undisclosed number of autographed cards. So far, 32 different autographed cards have been unearthed -- including three Dodger prospects. They are Andy Pages (who had been recently tied to the not-completed Joc Pederson trade), Venezuelan 19-year old Leonel Valera and Cuban Omar Estévez. Check them out below. Go here for a complete checklist. It seems likely that more autographed card will be unveiled over the coming weeks. If any more Dodgers appear I will be sure to updated this post.

Of note, I am fairly certain that these autographed cards were originally slated to be inserted into packs of 2020 Bowman, but were diverted for this set. Additionally, all the autographed cards have a gold stamp emblazoned on the front, saying "1st Edition."

Bowman Chrome 1st Edition Autographs

#CPA-AP Andy Pages

Blog Kiosk: 5/13/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Here's an undated photograph, likely from the mid to late 60's, featuring Dodger Hall of Famers Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson perusing through Jackie's book Baseball Has Done It (eBay auction link).

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1947 the famous 'embrace that shook the baseball world' occurred at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The Dodgers, facing the Reds for the first time this season at their home stadium, witness a barrage of racial slurs directed at Jackie Robinson. Team captain Pee Wee Reese, seeing this, engages with Jackie on the field and then put his arm around his shoulder, a gesture that stuns and silences the crowd (or so the story goes). In 1952 Vin Scully experienced something unbelievable. As a youth he dreamed of being a broadcaster. A classmate named Larry Miggins shared a similar dream with him, but he wanted to play Major League Baseball. So on this day Miggins, now a outfielder with the Cardinals, was at-bat with Vin Scully calling the game for the Dodgers in Brooklyn, and proceeded to hit his first career home run in front of his close friend (boxscore). Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated wrote a bit about it here.
“Incredible, isn’t it?” Scully says. “I mean, really, absolutely incredible. And probably the toughest home run call that I ever had to call because I was a part of it. He hit the home run against Preacher Roe, I’m pretty sure. And I had to fight back tears. I called ‘home run,’ and then I just sat there with this big lump in my throat watching him run around the bases. I mean, how could that possibly happen?”