Sunday, March 18, 2018

a billy bean through the mail success

yesterday i showed a bill bene through the mail success (thanks william), and today it is jose gonzalez billy bean who is showcased following a return of the 1991 topps card i sent his way earlier this year.
this is the "b" version of jose gonzalez's card that shows bean at the bat.  the only true dodger card of bean's comes from the 1990 target set, unfortunately.

i was happy to see bean, now the ambassador for inclusion for major league baseball, appear in last year's topps archives set, but he was featured as a padre. hopefully he gets his name on his own topps dodger card someday.

thanks billy!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

fair bene from foul bunt

i saw that william at foul bunt had a successful ttm experience with former dodger prospect bill bene. i asked william for the address, and he told me that he had a double of bene's 1989 topps card.  

i sent him a 1987 topps tom brunansky card that bruno had signed for me through the mail, and now i have one more signed dodger card for my collection!

bene (well, actually the dodger organization) left me disappointed when the dodgers picked him 6th overall in the 1988 draft.  i was really hoping that they would take robin ventura (he went to the white sox at 10).  the dodgers redeemed themselves when they won the world series four months later.

bene averaged just over one k/ip for his minor league career in which he reached triple-a in both the dodger and angel organizations.  he never did crack the majors, unfortunately.

thanks william!

Friday, March 16, 2018

in a new york minute

anything can change.

here's kevin brown pitching at dodger stadium on his 2004 topps opening day card
complete with the mural of the infield of my youth behind him.  there are very few cards that show that particular mural, and i want them all.  that's why i picked up this next card
which shows kevin brown as a yankee pitching in dodger stadium, except that's a halfway decent photoshop job by topps.

the dodgers probably got more out of jeff weaver and yhency brazoban (plus a couple of minor league seasons from titans' back-up quarterback brandon weeden!) than the yankees got out of kevin brown overall, but it was the brown and the bronx bombers who actually advanced in the playoffs in 2004.  at least the dodgers got some 'lima time' that year.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

there goes my hero

i've now completed a few trades with gavin from baseball card breakdown.  the first trade was facilitated by oscar at all trade bait all the time after he received a ron cey cardsphere heroes custom card from gavin a couple of years ago.

the most recent trade package from portland included this beauty for my steve garvey collection:
that's a 2018 baseball card breakdown cardsphere heroes card of the garv himself!  i had asked gavin to create one using the photo from garvey's 1978 sports illustrated poster.  it looks great!

there were other cards in the package, and i sent real cards in exchange, but i will still thank gavin in person next week. anybody else going to be in the pdx?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

everybody loves ramon

brian at highly subjective and completely arbitrary closed out another round of trading a while back by sending a number of cards from my want lists.  he even found a 1992 ramon martinez card that i still needed!
i had never seen this 1992 upper deck team mvp hologram card before, which made me happy because there aren't too many dodger cards from 1992 that surprise me these days.

ramon had his worst season as a dodger in 1992 (which was also the worst season for the dodgers in their west coast history), but at least he had a cool hologram card.  thanks brian! look for some twins in the mail soon!

Monday, March 12, 2018

dodger stadium bonus play

it's been over four months since the world series ended, and i'm finally hitting publish a post inspired by the host stadium for games 1, 2, 6, and 7.  i was excited coming into the season as dodger stadium hosted the semi-finals and finals of the world baseball classic which resulted in some cards featuring the third oldest major league stadium in the background.  with the postseason also coming to dodger stadium, i was hoping for more 'bonus' dodger stadium cards.

there were two topps now cards in particular that i will showcase (although i did pick up pretty much all of the dodger-themed postseason topps now cards), the first of which comes from the game 1 opening ceremonies:
with a photo from the dodger dugout on the back
it's not every day that you can see the san gabriel mountains from the stadium, so thank goodness for clear (although hot) october days.

the next card is not a dodger card, although rich hill's name makes an appearance on the dodger stadium wraparound display thingamajigs.  no, this is an astros/marlins card
prior to game 2 of the world series, jose altuve and giancarlo stanton were recognized as the 2017 hank aaron award winners on the field at dodger stadium, and there was enough there behind them for me to pick up the card (on the cheap a couple of weeks after it was issued).

the 2017 postseason is not the first time that dodger stadium has been featured on cards, as there are a couple of cards in the 1964, 1967, and 1975 topps sets.  there are others, too.  here is a 2001 upper deck decade '70's card of reggie jackson
it shows mr. october during the 1977 world series.  it could be 1978, or even 1981 for all i know, but it is from a world series game.  that is because reggie only played road games in the world series as a yankee against the dodgers.

here's another world series road team - the baltimore orioles - represented by jim palmer on a 2015 leaf heroes of baseball card
palmer outpitched sandy koufax at dodger stadium in game 2 of the 1966 world series, throwing a shutout to extend the orioles' lead in the series to two games to none.

with 2018 product on the shelves, i've pulled a few more cards to add to this collection, including a nice cameron maybin card from heritage
along with a less pleasant card from the same set
hopefully just over 7 months from now, there will be some more postseason cards featuring dodger stadium in the background, only this time with the home team celebrating.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

dishonoring heritage

i bought some 2018 topps heritage.  i got a few cards that i found interesting and will keep for my collection, but not too many.  one card that left me shaking my head was card number 1 in the set - the american league 2017 batting leaders card
let's take a closer look.

jose altuve led the league with a .346 average.

avisail garcia was second with a .330 average.

eric hosmer was third with a .318 average.

hanley ramirez had a .242 average on the season.

topps put hanley on the front of the card instead of the indians' jose ramirez, who tied hosmer at .318.

i also noticed that topps referred to andrew miller as a "righty" in the text on the back of his card.

does topps even pay attention to baseball anymore?