Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Who Says Dodgers and Mets Fans Don't Get Along?

Aloha, everybody, 

I received two PWEs in the mail yesterday, which made me a very happy collector. Sure I was pleased because both hands were filled with cardboard goodies, but even more so, it was because they each filled out needs in my general Dodgers collection and in targeted PC chases. 

First up is the PWE that I received from Mets fan Mark Kaz, of the now-defunct blog, This Way to the Clubhouse. The Dodgers and Mets (and lots of their fans) aren't on each other's Christmas lists because of bad blood that was created during the 2015 NLDS. 

Chase Utley put a hard slide into Ruben Tejada to break up a double play, and Tejada wound up with a broken leg. Mets fans cried "Foul!", Dodgers fans cried "Fair!", and MLB ended up changing the rules for sliding. 

One great thing about our online community is we generally don't let team rivalries get in the way of our hobby. Heck, I'll happily trade with Giants fans. 

Tejada won't forgive Utley, but that's not going to get in the way of some happy holiday trading and good cheer between collecting friends. 

Let's take a look at the Dodgers cards that came to me from the icy east. 

Leading off is this shiny, purply beauty featuring Ryu's K-pop hair and a cool All-Star Rookie cup. Nice! 

Next up is one of my favorite mid-range Dodgers from the past...

The simple black frame works well with Sharpy's black mitt. Bonus: It's always nice to get a card with lurking Wrigley ivy. 

Here's the Dodgers' number three starter with a RC shield...

Speaking of mid-range Dodgers...

Podsednick played only a little for the Dodgers, accomplished a little, was injured a lot, and left for free agency after one season. Scott, we hardly knew ye. 

Lilly was another Dodger who was short on accomplishments but long on the DL. The difference was, he stuck around for a few years doing it. 

Third in this run of little seen, little contributed, is Nick Punto. I will always remember Nick for the modified version of his last name, which some referred to him as. (Hint: it sounds like a derogatory term in Spanish) 

Finally, some cool cardboard of a man who is in no way mid-range, and will forever hold a top spot in every Dodger fan's blue heart forever...

It's a patch card replica of Sandy Koufax's 1955 Topps RC. Wow! 
These RC patches were found in 2013 Topps. I have one from Chipper Jones, and now this Koufax will sit beside it in my binder.

THANKS for the cool cards, Mark! 


Sunday, January 15, 2017

When Soviets Hack The Election, Dimebox Sends Cards to You

Aloha, everybody, 

As Dimebox Nick so accurately put in his note to me, it's been way too long since we last exchanged cardboard. 

2017 is starting off differently, and I'm sure that we won't be waiting until the calendar clicks off another year before we swap again. In celebration of this new attitude, let's take a look at the fistful of Dodgers cardboard that ol' Nick sent over to me...

Pay-droh Goo-rare-ooooh figured prominently in a recent Twitter conversation between myself, Sir Night Owl and Zippy Zappy, so he gets lead off privileges. 

This Guerrero Diamond King is new for my collection. I love the World Series-inspired bunting. Perfect for a WS MVP. As for those storm clouds brewing behind him - that's what the Yankees saw whenever Pedro stepped to the plate. 

In fact, all of the Dodgers cards that Nick sent were new to me. How about one of Pedro's teammates...

You want more tribute? Coming right up...

I can read that headline ALL DAY LONG. 

A wonderful card. Jackie broke into the NL, Larry Doby did the same in the AL a few months behind Robinson. Unlike Robinson, who put in a year in the Dodgers' AAA minor league, Doby went directly to the majors from the Negro League. 

From the underrated Ted Williams release...

Jim Gilliam, like Doby, joined the Dodgers' big club straight outta the Negro Leagues. 

In this fantastic action shot, Gilliam is stealing home, as evidenced by the Dodgers batter beside the catcher, who's lost sight of the ball, which is flying above the batter's head. 

Nick included present-day Boys in Blue. Here's ROY Corey Seager in ugly San Diego colors, but his card is adorned with Home Run Derby and RC shields. 

These snowflake cards have been all over the blogosphere, but until now, I didn't own any. 

Trayce was starting out fairly well in his inaugural big league season, but he suffered an unfortunate leg injury. We'll have to see how well he can bounce back in 2017. 

Montas was traded to the Dodgers along with Trayce Thompson in 2015, but like TT, he was also hit by the injury bug. After being mostly on the DL, he was shipped off to Oakland for SP Rich Hill and master con man, Josh Reddick. 

Finally, one more most excellent Dodger rookie, Senor Urias...

All of these cool cards (and more) are welcome additions to the binders. THANKS so much, Nick!