Night Owl Delivers: Tradition, Perspectives, Clubs, and a Mini!

Over the past week or so, I made a conscious decision to try and get caught up with all my trade envelope posts.  I, more or less, tackled the envelopes in LIFO order (or Last In, First Out order for you non-computer science folks).  That lea…

Five Random Cubs Cards

I’ve got 14,407 Cubs cards from 108 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 1900s – 1970s: 1969 Milton Bradley Glenn Beckert  No logos, no team names–the M…

Street trade – Cardinals pack

I gave Al some more Nettleses, including a ’78, and got a Cardinals pack. I picked it because the Cardinals are my second favorite team and also because I could see it had more variety than the other packs.Among the 2014 Topps and Bowmans were a Musial…

PAD Circus – Packs 198-201 – Medallions are for the Birds

Hey, everyone!! Well, this has certainly become PEOD Circus (Pack Every Other Day), hasn’t it. Never fear, we still have a lot of packs to go!! Wahoo!!Let’s get ripped:2016 Topps Series 2 (3 packs plus medallion pack!)aaron altherr – braves – jafronius…

1967 Phillies Photos

I just found these in my house a few weeks ago. I bought them at the ballpark in 1967, and they have been in a folder in my desk since the 1970s (along with some old baseball card catalogs which I will be posting in the near future). Here are 6 stars …

Barry Larkin Collection 468: 1997 Score – #538 – True Grit – Hobby Reserve Parallel

Barry LarkinYear:  1997Brand:  ScoreSubset:  True GritCard number:  538Parallel set:  Hobby ReserveYou know it’s just getting goofy when I need six lines in the introduction in order to adequately describe the Larkin card at ha…

Good Night John Boy

1973 saw a double test by Topps of a set featuring The Waltons, a burgeoning show on CBS that featured the namesake family dealing with life’s trials and tribulations during the Depression and World War 2.  Fifty cards, mostly in horizontal format…

Graded Barney
Graded Barney
Carlos Ruiz Topps Gallery – #ThanksChooch

As has become a Phillies Room tradition when a franchise player departs, here’s my final tribute to Carlos Ruiz and his Phillies career featuring a gallery of his Topps flagship base cards. 2007 Topps Update #UH-99 2008 Topps #281 2009 Topps #397 2…

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The best player collection EVAH!

When I started this blog in 2007 (holy $%!* that’s a long time ago), my life was very different. I lived in South Jersey, played poker 3-4 times a week, interviewed athletes and wrote about sports nearly every day.

Nine years later, life is drastically different. I’m married a man who also collects baseball cards, which seemed impossible.

And now I’m a mom.

Many new parents post photos of

Well, That’s Over
Right off the bat, let’s be honest. For the last month or so, everyone was holding out praise until after the road trip of death. Sure, the Sox may have been playing well at home. Sure, they were hanging in there. But, the road trip was looming. Eleven games in eleven days in four cities. That was going to crush them. That would separate the men from the boys. The pretenders from the contenders. We weren’t even supposed to talk about the prospects of this team until after The Trip. It was all moot until we knew what was going to happen there.

So, wouldn’t you say that finishing the trip with a 7-4 record, and a tie for first place in the East is a good thing?

Oh, sure. The trip ended on a sour note. It would have been nice to have won that Tampa Series. Sure, when the Sox got to Tampa visions of a 9-2 trip were dancing in everyone’s heads. But, the reality is that those last two games are masking a pretty darn good trip.

Honestly, I can’t get too upset about the last two losses anyway. I’d say that the last game of a road trip, resting David Ortiz, and having just lost your starting left fielder the night before, is a pretty decent scenario for conceding a loss. Even if it is to the Rays. If you include the Day game loss following a night game in another city as another conceded loss…the Sox actually went 7-2 in games they could have won.

So I, for one, am pretty excited about things. The Sox took care of business against three playoff contending teams on the road. They’ve set themselves up nicely as they start a weeklong home stand, and a strong run to the end of the season.

Because the best part about finishing that long road trip is finishing it. Earlier in the month the Sox had a remaining schedule stacked with road games against good teams. Right now, the Sox have 16 games at home and 19 on the road. And half of those road games are against sub-.500 teams. The remaining schedule just switched from a major problem to a benefit. 

Because the Sox were able to take care of business on this last trip.

Now they just need to keep rolling.
Buyback Franken-set: Nolan and the Gang Push Me Past 100

If you’ve been reading along in recent weeks then you know the drill at this point, let’s take a look at another ten buybacks and see if they make the cut for my newly formed franken-set.  I’m still getting through the large lot on I won on eBay t…

Trade with Remember the Astrodome

Got a few hundred cards in a great trade with Bru of Remember the Astrodome.There were lots of great random cards, like this nice autograph shot. A lot of 2016 Topps Heritage. A lot of 2016 Topps Archives. I can see why everyone is enjoying t…

Expanding the Collection: Trying for Another 2007 Allen & Ginter Mini Set! (Snakes!)

A few days ago, I showcased one of the newest sets that I decided to try and complete for my personal collection.  That set was the Flags of All Nations from 2007 Allen & Ginter (post 1 and post 2).  Now, it is time to show off one more s…

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Missing Numbers

I was looking through my 1950s Topps Cubs cards, looking for other players that wore #26.I made an interesting discovery:  Cards from the 50’s rarely if ever gave you a look at the number on the back.Here are all the cards I could find that showed…

Trade Stack 75: Shiny, Sparkling Diamonds!

Here is how this works:Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a “Trade Stack”.  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they’d like to claim the stac…

Cubs Series Starts Friday – Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

The next homestand starts Friday evening against the Chicago Cubs. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand.

The Chicago Dog will be available for this homestand only against the Cubs at the Extreme Loaded Dog concession areas located on the field, loge and reserve levels. It features a quarter-pound all-beef Super Dodger Dog served on a poppy seed bun with fresh tomato slices, sports peppers, a pickle spear and topped with neon green relish, diced onions and drizzled with mustard and celery salt.

The tenth 2016 issue of the new Dodger Insider magazine, featuring Yasmani Grandal on the cover, will be available at Dodger Stadium.  (see it on the left).  The Dodgers merged their previously separate Playbill and Dodger Insider magazines into one publication (at least 80 pages per issue) with a new edition available each homestand.  They are distributed at auto gates (one per vehicle) and via Fan Services for those who use alternate transportation. 

Friday, August 26th at 7:10 PM
LHP Mike Montgomery vs. RHP Bud Norris
SNLA / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Friday’s game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM.  It is Friday Night Fireworks, so fans will be able to go down onto the field after the game to watch the spectacle. The night’s theme will feature a Beatles mix by “Breakfast with the Beatles” host Chris Carter.  Go here for more information on Friday Night Fireworks. 

It is Beatles Night at Dodger Stadium.  Folks who ordered a special ticket package will get an exclusive Beatles/Dodgers Beach towel.  See that on the right.  If not already sold out go here for information.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles performance at Dodger Stadium in 1966, the final year the band toured together. The concert at Dodger Stadium August 28, 1966 was the second to last ever tour date for The Beatles. The final time they performed together in the U.S. was one day later August 29, 1966 in San Francisco. 

A pregame performance by renowned Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute, will take place prior to the game on August 26 at approximately 6:00 p.m. The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute will perform the Beatles’ greatest hits including songs that were performed by the Beatles at their 1966 Dodger Stadium concert.

The national anthem will be performed by Brian Ray, lead, rhythm and bass guitarist with Sir Paul McCartney. Ray has worked with an extensive list of artists in addition to his own solo career.  DJ Adam will provide musical entertainment in the right-field plaza and a balloon artist and face painter will be in the left-field plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • The Military Hero of the Game is Pastor Raul Ries of La Verne. Ries served as a U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal during the Vietnam War. He served in ALPHA Company 1st Battalion 7th Marines, a highly trained group called the Bounty Hunters. His awards include the Vietnamese Service and Campaign Medals and two Purple Hearts. Ries is senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs. Through his daily syndicated radio program, “Somebody Loves You,” he is heard on more than 350 radio stations internationally.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items for auction tomorrow include a Yasmani Grandal autographed jersey, an A.J. Ellis autographed photo and a Clayton Kershaw autographed baseball. More than 25 items will be up for bid.

Saturday, August 27th at 1:05 PM
HP Jason Hammel vs. TBD
SNLA & FS1 / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Saturday’s game starts at 1:05 PM.  Auto gates open at 10:35 AM, and stadium gates open at 11:05 AM.

The Dodgers will play host to the Hollywood Stars after Saturday’s contest. Fans are invited to watch celebrities including current and former athletes play.  Go here for information.  Celebrities expected to play (subject to change) include Alan Thicke, Tyler Toffoli (LA Kings), Amanda Cerny, Becca Tilley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chuck Liddell, Jamie Foxx, Julius Randle, Trevor Lewis (LA Kings), Jaleel White, D’Angelo Russell and Dave Oskow.

DJ Adam will provide musical entertainment in the right-field plaza, a balloon artist and face painter will be in the left-field plaza, Everett Coast Band will provide musical entertainment in the right-field reserve and On Air Band will be in the left-field reserve from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • The Military Hero of the Game is U.S Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Ron Prosise of La Quinta. Prosise’s military career began as a paratrooper for the Army during the Cold War. He was a chaplain for the Marine Corps and Navy and currently serves as the Wing Chaplain for the 163rd Attack Wing at March Air Reserve Base. He is senior pastor of Family Heritage church in La Quinta. A decorated war veteran, he served in deployments overseas including to Iraq, Korea, Turkey, France, Qatar, Germany, Brazil and Jordan. Prosise received his doctorate from The Master’s Seminary and his military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Force Combat Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge.

Sunday, August 28th at 1:10 PM
LHP John Lester vs. TBD
SNLA & TBS/AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Saturday’s game starts at 1:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM.

It is Jewish Community Day at Dodger Stadium.  Folks who ordered a special ticket package will get an exclusive Jewish Community Day t-shirt.  See that on the right.  If not already sold out go here for information.

It is Viva Los Dodgers in the Dodgers parking lot prior to the game at the Historic 76 Station.  Festivities begin at 11:10 AM.  Entertainment will be provided by Sol Peligro and Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca. Voto Latino, a national civic media organization empowering Latino millennials, will be encouraging fans to register to vote.

Rabbi Jason Weiner, manager of Spiritual Care at Cedars-Sinai, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Weiner and his team of hospital chaplains serve patients from wide array of faiths, including those who are Christian, Catholic, Muslim and Jewish. His team’s dedication is a reflection of Cedars-Sinai’s deep commitment to Los Angeles for more than 100 years. As part of Jewish Community Day, Jeff’s Gourmet will offer Kosher hot dogs and sausages for purchase at the grill on field level section 52 and reserve level section 33.

  • The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Army National Guard First Lieutenant and chaplain Rabbi David Becker of Los Angeles. Becker is one of only a few Jewish chaplains among the Army National Guard’s clergy. He is the founder of nonprofit organization JTROOPS which supports Jewish military personnel across all branches and military installations. Becker will also perform the national anthem Sunday as part of Jewish Community Day.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items for auction Sunday include a Chase Utley autographed jersey, a Joc Pederson autographed photo and an Adrián González autographed baseball. More than 25 items will be up for bid.

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