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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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…

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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2016 Panini Immaculate Baseball – Dodgers Relic Cards, Part I

Take a moment to check out a handful of the Dodger relic cards found in packs of 2016 Panini Immaculate Baseball.  Featured below are the Immaculate Swatches, Jersey Numbers, Immaculate Hats, Immaculate Standard at Bat Knob cards.  Go here to…

2012s for a 1982

I sent Night Owl one card to finish his 1982 Topps set a couple of weeks ago, and he kindly responded with about 20 cards from 2012 Topps. I’ll have to update my wantlist but I think it brings me down to needing about 10 more to complete the set.Intere…

Nickel City Con Celebrity Panel Recap

This post comes from our DACW Live Breaks host Sean Cummins who spent some time as our Panel Host at our inaugural Nickel City Con! Here is what Sean had to say about the experience. So it has been a little over a week since the inaugural Nickel City Con. I had the great pleasure […]

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The Other 26s Update

I’m still looking for a picture of Fritz Connally wearing #26 in 1983.

But I at least tried to find one………by asking Fritz himself.

He didn’t have one.

No, I’m not a personal acquaintance of his. But during my search for a picture I found his work email address. Figuring that I had nothing to lose, I wrote to him on Tuesday night:

Hello,
I’m a big Cub fan and was wondering if you have a picture that shows you wearing #26 with the Cubs. You were the last active player to wear that number before it was retired in honor of Billy Williams in 1987. I’ve searched the internet and Chicago Tribune archives for a picture but came up empty. Billy Williams was my favorite player and I’m trying to put together a photo montage of all the players that wore #26.
Thanks for any help.

I got a reply the next morning, which impressed me. He could have just as easily trashed my email. Here’s his reply:

Paul
I’m sorry but I do not have anything showing me wearing #26. In fact, your email to me is new news, I thought I wore something in the 40’s. Maybe the Cubs have a resource for you to follow up on?
Best of luck.
Fritz

Interesting that he forgot what number he wore. I guess no one told him that he was given the number of one of the greatest Cubs of all time. That doesn’t surprise me because Dallas Green was doing his best to purge the organization of any memory of the ’69 Cubs.

My quest for a picture of Fritz Connally wearing #26 continues.

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PAD Circus – Packs 192-197 – Pass the Chipz!

Hey, everyone! I have a stack of 2013 Chipz from a box I bought and it is time to let the Chipz fall where they may! So, let’s rip open these packs! Note: I am opening several, so these will just be listed as one long list. And, there is a playmat in e…

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2016 Panini Immaculate Baseball – The Dodgers Autographed Cards

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1987 Spokane Indians at the Mall – Jay Estrada

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Corey Seager at Frank & Son on Saturday

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I Want to Raid Your 2016 Allen & Ginter Hobby Box!

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The Other 26’s

Billy Williams was traded from the Cubs after the 1974 season. His familiar #26 was moving on to Oakland.  It was not a Cubs tradition to retire numbers, so I knew that his number would eventually end up on the back of another player.But it was st…

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Box Breaks Upcoming!

Hey everyone, With school starting I’ve been spending a lot of time in my classroom getting it ready so I haven’t had a lot of time to post here since returning from my trip down south.  I did pick up a box of 2016 Stadium Club which was a blast to open.  I’ll gladly post […]

The 2017 Topps Design Reminds Me Of 1973 Topps

For whatever reason Topps now announces their new flagship design six months before the ahead of time of the release in February. The 2017 set design has been met with at best mixed reviews after two years of what I would call generally positive reacti…

Variants In BBM’s Flagship Sets

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2016 Little League World Series Pin Finds

The Little League World Series is a mecca when it comes to pins.  You can find them literally everywhere.  Over on the Little League grounds you’ll find corporate sponsors handing out pins all the time.  Certain sponsors hand out a specific amount of pins at different times throughout the day.  Others require you to register […]

Oriole #1021- Parker Bridwell

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