Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Dodgers are World Series Bound, so Let's See World Series Cardboard

Aloha, everybody, 

I'm sure you've all heard by now: The Dodgers are in the Fall Classic! The 29-year drought is over. The red, white and blue bunting will once again adorn Chavez Ravine, and the best team I've ever seen don the Dodgers uniform, is going to do battle with whomever wins that ALCS Game 7 tonight. 

The Dodgers have a long history of battling the Yankees in the WS, so I wouldn't mind one more chance to beat them. But I'm getting ahead of myself. The Dodgers' opponents might well be the Astros. 

While we're waiting for that outcome, let's check out some Dodgers World Series cards from my humble collection. Most of these are tribute cards from modern issues, but I've got some cool original vintage cards coming up as well. 

(Some of you may have seen some of these before, please indulge me. I'm quite excited to show these off one more time.) Here we go, in more or less chronological order...

In 1920, the Dodgers (also known as the Robins at the time) won the pennant, but they were defeated in the WS by the Cleveland Indians.

1941- Leo the Lip Durocher leads the Dodgers to win the pennant for the first time since 1920. The Yankees spoiled the Dodgers happiness and beat Brooklyn in five games. 

One more card from the '41 series. This is the first of my vintage cards. These Nu-Card Baseball Scoops come from 1961...

Here's the first of two beautiful die-cuts I received in trade. This first one harks back to the 1947 WS. The Dodgers lost to the Yanks again. This time it took seven games. 

BTW - 1947 was Jackie Robinson's first World Series. 

Two years later, it was Dodgers v Yanks yet again. Different year, same results. Yanks in five. (more vintage cardboard, from 1968)

Fast forward to 1952. This time the Yanks were defending three straight championships. The Dodgers lost the series in five. 

Here's the second of those pennant die-cuts. In the 1953 WS, the Yankees were now four-time champs, and the Dodgers were trying once again to take that world's championship for themselves. No dice. 

 Here's a great action shot from the '53 series. It features Campy tagging out Billy Martin to end Game 4. Alas, the Bums lost to NY again. This time, in six games. 

Stay tuned, because next time: The Dodgers finally get over the hump and win their first World Series. 


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Bo Knows how to Knock Down a Perfect Game Checklist!

Aloha, everybody, 

Back in the dogdays of August, the most generous Bo, from Sportscards Brought to Life, sent a humongous box of cards to me.

I showed a bunch of them off in a couple of posts, and it's now time to feature another batch of cards that Bo included. These chipped off a big chunk from my want list of The Perfect Games Project

In a nutshell, I'm chasing the cards from each perfect game pitched. The spin I'm putting on my chase, is I'm collecting the battery mates, both pitcher and catcher, and the ultimate cards from each would be the cards from the year of their perfectos. 

Bo went to work, sorted through his cards, and pulled a whole lotta cards to help whittle down my checklist. 

We'll start off with the Angels (9/30/84)...

Bob Boone's is the ultimate card...

This 2002 Posada will fill in with my David Wells ultimate card 5/17/98...

(8/15/12)I already had Felix Hernandez's card, and this John Jaso completes the ultimate pair...

Ron Hasse's ultimate card pairs up with my El Presidente to complete the ultimate pair (7/28/91) This was Hasse's second perfecto! 

I really love the variety in the cards for the backstops. I've got them working with the leather and the wood. 

These next ones are ultimate pairs that Bo knocked out of the park for me...

7/18/1999 David Cone and Joe Girardi...

5/29/10 Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz...

5/29/10 Dallas Braden and Landon Powell...

Finally, 4/21/12  Phillip Humber and A.J. Pierzinski...

Thanks for the help with my project, Bo! Much appreciated, and rest assured, I'm working on your return package.