Archive for Los Angeles Dodgers
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It’s all about timing.
In April and May, finding this card on eBay at a relatively decent price was damn near impossible. In fact, a good comparison right now is the Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Chrome autograph and all of its variations.
Fast forward three months, after Kemp spent time on the Disabled List and interest in his cards receded, and suddenly Kemp autos can be found at reasonable levels.
I grabbed this off eBay a few weeks back for less than the price his basic Bowman Chrome auto was selling for earlier this year.
And what makes this sweeter, interest in this card is likely to pick up again with the Dodgers making big-name acquisitions in an attempt to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
The result of the roster moves not only gives the Dodgers a more potent lineup, but give Kemp lineup protection like he has never seen.
Whether you’re talking about the Los Angeles or Brooklyn squad, the legacy of the Dodgers runs deep. And on cardboard there is no shortage of options when searching for the greatest Dodgers picture card of all time.
But in my mind, they don’t get much better than this:
We see a lot of great photography on modern cards. And we rarely stop and think about it when we imaged of infielders with a glove in their hand emblazoned on our collectibles. But this 1953 Bowman Color Pee Wee Reese is quite amazing given the technology of the time.
Think about it. The photographer caught Reese in mid air making the throw from second base to first.
Was it staged? Absolutely.
But the photographer still had to capture Reese several feet in the air with a camera that is antiquated by today’s standards.
Gotta say, TTMing has been good lately — third return in a week, fourth since the all-star break. This is a solid return.
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I noticed something a few minutes ago when I chose to feature this card — there are a whole lot of rookie cards that feature players who are no longer with their original team. Here we’ve got current Dodger star Andre Ethier pictured in an Oakland Athletics uniform. I’m not sure how others feel, but personally this kind makes the card slightly less appealing.
Now don’t get me wrong, I still love rookie cards period, but I always find the cards to be even more appealing as a collector when they feature a star or up-and-coming player on his current team. Wouldn’t you feel the same way if this Either rookie showed him as a Dodger?
Anyway, Ethier had a great three-hit game — a single short of the cycle — to help the Dodgers closeout the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2009 National League Division Series. This happens to be my best Ethier rookie, and it only set me back a buck. This is the gold border version (#’d/2005), so technically it is a parallel, but now we’re splitting hairs. There are basic Topps versions of this case, as well as chrome signed versions. The chrome signed versions are what everyone and their mother is after right now, and you’re going to do a whole lot of work if you’re going to convince me to go out and do the same.
Truth be told, I think Ethier got really lucky finding his way out of Oakland and into Dodger land (and eventually in a situation where he is hitting in front of Manny.) Not sure anyone projected him to be a 30-homer, 100 RBI guy.
For kicks, wanna guess what the serial number is on this card? HINT: Think slot machines.
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