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. 

Aloha! 

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. 

Aloha! 


Saturday, October 7, 2017

What Was Lost, Is Now Found

Aloha, everybody, 

In my last post, I mentioned a surprise package that I received from mi hermano, Wes - which I had misplaced. 

It turns out the cards had been placed in a cabinet where I store my card shipping supplies. Perhaps by me, and then forgotten? This is very likely. 

The important thing is, they were found, and now I can give them their proper thanks in a post, before they are filtered into my binders. 


Leading off is Jackie in a mini variation. Sweet. 

Just like a surprise fistful of cards is sweet. You see, good ol' Wes doesn't blog as often as he used to, but the man hasn't left behind his generous ways of dropping cards on old friends (and hermanos). Wes just rolls like that, which is why blogging or not, he will always be one of my trading mentors and inspirations. 

Here's a blast from the past, from the days card companies were flailing about, trying to merge computer tech and the net with collecting. 


I checked the web address, which is now a dead end. *Sigh*

How about a great photo of Kenley Jansen on a  numbered card? 


With a card back that the stat-heads will love...


Here's a fantastic addition to my Pedro as a Dodger collection...

New Bowmans are always welcome...


New, shiny Bowmans even more so...


Here are some tribute cards...


This here's a copy of the '52 WS program cover...



Finally, a couple of very well preserved '87 Don Russ Opening Day Dodgers. Those '87s are always chipped around the edges, so I'm very happy to receive these upgrades. 


THANKS very much for the surprise cards, Wes! The pile I have for you is growing, but I want to make one more trip to the card show before mail day. 

Aloaha! 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dodgers Season Complete - Let's See Some Football Cards

Aloha, everybody, 

The Dodgers have sealed up their shot at the playoffs, and today's final game of the season is pretty much a throwaway, so I figured this would be a good time to show off some football cards that I recently picked up at the card show. 

The Rams are back in LA, and I'm giving them my allegiance since they were my team before moving away. That said, when the Rams left LA, I became a Raiders fan. 

The Silver and Black remain my number one team, and theirs are the cards I'm collecting. Of course, my favorite Raiders are the squad that brought a super bowl win to Los Angeles. That day at the show, I decided to pick up cards from that group, and even better if I could get the LA Coliseum as a backdrop. 


The Raiders had a few great QBs over their long and storied history. Unfortunately, they had some of their worst when they were in LA. They also had my personal favorite QB, Jim Plunkett. 

 Speaking of personal faves, here's my vote for the greatest RB of my generation. Mr. Marcus Allen. What a joy it was to watch this man run. Through my binocs, I watched Marcus squeeze through holes that I didn't think a mouse could get through. 

I wonder if there are any "Air Marcus" cards out there. I've got to get me one of those! 


Timmy Brown. Nuff said. 

And now my all-time favorite Raider. The man who's jersey I wore to every Raiders game...


The Legend...


 ...and his equally capable counterpart on the other end of the field.


While I wore Howie's jersey, my cousin (RIP) always wore Matt Millen's...



Unsung hero...


Finally, another legend...


Bo wasn't with the Super Bowl Raiders, but of course, he's gonna be in my collection. Boy, he was something to see in action as well. 

I saw very few of Bo's baseball games, but watched him just about every time he was on the football field. I was at the Coliseum when he suffered his career-ending injury. What a shame. 

Bo never seemed bitter or resentful that his playing days were cut short, so I'm sure not going to be. I'm just glad I had the pleasure of watching the man play. 

Aloha! 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Well, It's Been a Long Time...

Aloha, everybody, 

My friend and long-tiime trading partner, Gavin, from the fantastic blog Baseball Card Breakdown, and I had a potential trade percolating. It was just waiting for the right final pieces to fall into place. 

That happened when I won a bronze replica of Roberto Alomar's RC. It's a cool enough piece, but it fit better into Gavin's collection than mine, so a trade was born. 

Let's check out what Gav sent over to me. Leading off are a cool couple of customs from Gavin's workshop: 


 Of course, blame my lousy scanning skills for the cut off card. Than ignore that, and revel in the goodness that is two of the game's young superstars together on one card. Bonus: reading left to right, Bellinger is first! :) 


Next up is Belli going solo in old school Upper Deck style: 



Well-chosen photos of Cody adorn both sides of the card. I love seeing hard-luck story, Andrew Toles there in the dugout. Injury ruined Tolesy's 2017 season before it could begin, but I'm looking forward to him returning in 2018. 

Great customs! Here come the cards the original trade was built around. Vintage is the watchword here. 



My first RC from the famed Dodgers infield of the 70's. Welcome, Mr. Lopes. It seems I have a new project. Now I have to rope in 1970 Bill Russell, 1971 Steve Garvey and the Penguin's RC from '72 Topps.  

At least I can be satisfied for now with this 1971 Lou Brock...



...and a foldable 1971 Richie Allen with a vintage Dodger Stadium backdrop...



Sweet stuff from down south Gavin. THANKS for the trade, buddy! BTW, I noticed you put up some trade bait from the Legends of New York set. I'm down for those. If nobody has claimed them yet, set them aside for lil' ol' me, and let's get our next trade piles started! 

I have an honorable mention: Recently, mi hermano Wes, sent a surprise package out to me. Trouble is, I sorted those cards into my general card population before I scanned them. Thought I scanned 'em, but I didn't. 

Unfortunately, it's going to take some detective (and de-sorting) work before I can figure out what all cards came from where. So I just want to send a shout out to Wes and say THANKS!, but it may take a while before that post can go up. My bad - and I feel appropriately bad. 

Life goes on. Aloha! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Been a While Since I was in a Group Break. How'd I do?

Aloha, everybody, 

A few weeks ago Colbey from Cardboard Collections ran an affordable group break. I used to jump into these all the time, but I've been away from that game for a couple of years. 

I noticed Colbey's break really was affordable - just $12 got you two teams, one you chose and one random, plus postage. He was cracking two boxes - 2004 Fleer Focus Jersey Edition and 2005 Fleer Showcase. I didn't have any Dodgers from those products, so I checked, and the Dodgers slot was still open. BANG! I was in. 

My original random team was the Indians, but you random teams were open for trading. I noticed the Brewers were being dangled for a trade, and hadn't sent anything out to my buddy Tony for a while, so I made the swap, the Tribe for the Brew Crew. Let's check out the cards I caught. 

We'll start off with the big card, at least in terms of not being base.


It's still not so rare of an insert, just a 1:5 pull. That said, it's Adrian Beltre, so that's good in my book. 

I caught another couple of base cards to go along with that one. 


I wish I hit more than two, because I like the looks of this base product. 

No inserts from Fleer Focus, but I got more base cards....

 Not loving this design, though. I prefer less lines running around the sides. With that much linear distraction, why add to things with a giant product logo eating right in the already compromised photo? 



Another question is - why the radioactive glow coming off the player? Are these those "aura" photos? 


My favorite of this bunch is Paulie LoDuca blowing a bubble as he trots off (or on?) the field. 



On to Tony's loot...








Nothing too special in that batch, Tony, but we nabbed a few for you. 

Colbey dropped in another couple of extras to sweeten the pot...


That chrome Puig is very attractive. Digging it mucho! 


I just might try another group break soon. 

Aloha!