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2016 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw is my new favorite card

Posted in Misc., Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on July 8, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Being a card collector, new cards releases of my favorite players always bring joy into my life.  Roger Clemens will forever be my favorite player, but Clayton Kershaw is my second favorite. And his 2016 Stadium Club card is now my new favorite card.

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Take a look at this card and you see Kershaw celebrating with catcher AJ Ellis.  A keen Dodger fan knows this exact moment when the two embraced at the conclusion of Kershaw’s one-hit, 13-strikeout performance against the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 30, 2015, to clinch the National League West title on enemy territory — at AT&T Park.

I am not a Dodger fan. I am a Red Sox fan. But why is THIS card my new favorite?

Because I was there. And I also captured this moment from near the Giants’ bullpen along left field.

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It was a magical performance by Kershaw, who got the best of the Giants who were led into the game by their ace Madison Bumgarner. It was billed as a pitching classic from the start and while Bumgarner wasn’t great that night, Kershaw definitely was and now I will not only remember the performance based on what I saw, or the pictures I took, I will remember it with the assistance of this Topps Stadium Club card.

Icon-O-Clasm: “72” 1909-1911 t206 Piedmont Kaiser Wilhelm

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

  
Kaiser Wilhelm, owner of the scoreless consecutive innings pitched record (72) in Minor League Baseball.

Icon-O-Clasm: Six Swatches of Separation — Rickey Henderson game-used cards

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

  

Icon-O-Clasm: 1963 Fleer Maury Wills rookie + 2013 Sandlot Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on April 22, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

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Rookie Card Showcase: 2005 Bowman Chrome Refractor Auto Matt Kemp /500

Posted in Rookie Card Showcase with tags , , , , on September 1, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

This is part 23 of an ongoing series. To see the rest of this series, click here.

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.

1953 Bowman Color Pee Wee Reese might be the greatest Dodger card ever made

Posted in Instagram Portraits with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Dodgers.

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.

Simply amazing.

TTM Success — James Loney

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , , on August 3, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Gotta say, TTMing has been good lately — third return in a week, fourth since the all-star break. This is a solid return.

To see my other 2010 TTM Success/Request list, click HERE.