Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tis The Season To Get Zippy Zapped - Part 2

Aloha everybody,

Let's get back to the review of the wonderful Dodger Blue stocking stuffers that Zippy Zappy sent to me...

Leading off is the man who was traded to the Padres, then he wasn't so traded, then maybe he wasn't gonna be traded after all, and as I type this, it seems he's back to being traded (maybe)...


 Watch those hips, Matt!


I love me some Adrian Beltre cardboard, I mean sweet 90's see-through plastic from Tek. 

Extra bonus: The photo looks like Beltre just smashed one into the right field bullpen, but check out the bat. The knob shows number 5. This is possibly the only time that Jose Vizcaino's bat was ever involved in a ball hit out of the infield. 

ZZ also packed the Ghost of Christmas Past with some older Dodger cards..

 

 Singer and Havens aren't exactly legends of the game, but as previously mentioned, all these cards are new for me, so ZZ just got me closer to completing those year's Dodger team sets.

How about a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Future...


Here's a beautiful Dodger Blue-framed card of the guy who's now positioned to be the Dodgers' shiny new center fielder next year. 

Joc's bat tore up the farm leagues and he's proved himself well above that level. However, in a short stint with the big club in 2014, his bat was way quiet against big league pitchers. 

Hoping he's got that out of his system and we'll see him start bopping some homers out of Chavez Ravine next year.


Jonathan unfortunately hasn't done a whole lot in his career (yet), except for a lot of pitching for a lot of team's farm leagues. 

I suppose we might say his Dodger highlight was being included in the Carlos Santana trade that brought Casey Blake to the Dodgers. 


So Santa had a reindeer with a red nose. Big deal. The Dodgers have a pretty darn good bench player with an awesome red mane...




Last batter up (is actually a pitcher)!  The final card is that special exclusive bonus that is always included when you get Zippy Zapped...


 Yup. This Christmas package contained a Japanese stocking stuffer from Sega Card-Gen. We get a wonderful photo of southpaw Capuano getting ready to bring it. 

 
Oh yeah, and a cool note too. A classic close to ZZ's epic year-end package. 

THANKS again, Zippy Zappy for the sweet cards that are rocking around my Christmas tree tonight and will soon be settled into their spots in my binders. 

Aloha and Merry Christmas, ZZ - and to all a good night! 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tis The Season To Get Zippy Zapped !

Aloha,

One of Santa's helpers has sent me an early Christmas package. Yahoooo !!!

Jolly Saint Zippy Zappy sent me a package full of Dodgers goodness that I'm very happy to share with all of you. ZZ took special care in packing because every card was brand new for me. Let's check out some of these great new Christmas additions to my collection. 

Leading off are the Big Three of the Dodgers' pitching rotation from 2014. First up is the big star on top of the Dodgers' Blue Christmas tree...



Looking at Kid K's game face here, I feel as though just his photo can strike me out! 

Next up are two great cards from the number 1.5 Ace...
 
 Speaking of game faces, this is a great shot of GreinKe representing the Dodgers at the All-Star game this past summer. 

Following is a great shiny chrome card that manages to look washed out by my scanner...



Finally, a new ornament - errrrrr, card - to add to my growing Hyun-Jin Ryu collection..


Next up are position players, old and new.


 A very cool Gold Upper Deck parallel of Rafi Furcal. These were numbered to 99, and I've got one under my Christmas tree.

Next up is a Dodger of the future. We traded away last season's second baseman, Dee Gordon and snagged Howie Kendrick from the Angels to play second next year. 

Guerrero is expected to be ready for the majors and take over in 2016...


 Guerrero's big claim to fame in 2014 was having part of his ear bit off in a dugout fight with teammate Miguel Olivo. For the morbidly curious, the ear shown in the card is not the one which was shredded.

Ending Part One of the Zippy Zappy Christmas package is a tribute reprint of the 1949 RC of Duke Snider. 

I'll probably never own an original rookie card from the Duke of Flatbush, unless it's so chewy it looks like Guerrero's ear, but now I've got a pretty cool Platinum Blue Sapphire refractor of it...



 I'm including a shot of the back of the card because I love the offer to send away for a baseball ring...

Only 15 cents - and three wrappers! Cool. 

Zippy Zappy,thanks to you, it's not just Elvis, now I'm too thinking of a Blue Christmas. 

Next post: Part 2