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(Blue) Heaven Is A Place On Earth

2019 Dodgers Fanfest logo

I wasn’t really planning on going to this event but I live only about 20-25 minutes away and the admission price was right (free). Besides, I had never been to a Dodgers Fan Fest and this was already the seventh one the Dodgers have had. So sit back and enjoy as Stadium Fantasium visits Blue Heaven On Earth…

Outfield pavilions at 2019 Dodgers Fan Fest
Outfield pavilions at 2019 Dodgers Fan Fest
The outfield at 2019 Dodgers Fan Fest
First hour: The outfield at 2019 Dodgers Fan Fest
Dodgers 3B Justin Turner on the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Dodgers 3B Justin Turner on the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Dodgers OF A.J. Pollock exiting the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Dodgers OF A.J. Pollock exiting the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Dodgers 1B Max Muncy exiting the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Dodgers 1B Max Muncy exiting the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Another view of Dodgers 3B Justin Turner on the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Another view of Dodgers 3B Justin Turner on the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
New Dodgers OF A.J. Pollock signing autographs at Dodgers Fan Fest
New Dodgers OF A.J. Pollock signing autographs at Dodgers Fan Fest
Justin Turner and Corey Seager being interviewed for Access Sportsnet at Dodgers Fan Fest
Justin Turner and Corey Seager being interviewed for Access Sportsnet at Dodgers Fan Fest

Besides the Dodgers pictured above, other Dodgers who took part in the festivities included Manager Dave Roberts, Cody Bellinger, Kenley Jansen, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor, Joc Pedersen, newly acquired reliever Joe Kelly, Scott Alexander, Austin Barnes, JT Chargois, Tony Cingrani, Alex Verdugo, David Freese, Ross Stripling, Brock Stewart, Dylan Floro, Keibert Ruiz and others. Also spotted were some former Dodgers (Nomar Garciaparra, Orel Hershiser, Jerry Hairston Jr., Steve Yeager, Tommy Lasorda–who coined the phrase “Blue Heaven on Earth”) and some Dodgers Media (Alanna Rizzo, Ned Colletti, Charley Steiner, Dodger Talk host David Vassegh).

The Dodgers also offered fee-based opportunities for meet & greets, stadium tours, player autographs, selfies with players, single-game and season ticket sales. There were also some free game booths, kiddie activities, freebie picture opportunities (against various Dodgers backdrops). Even the parking was free! It was a very enjoyable family-oriented event.

For late January, it was a beautiful and fairly warm day for a Dodgers Fan Fest. The event was very well organized with half of the Fan Fest taking place in the outfield and half out on the other side of the outfield pavilions. And I have to say it was just a wonderful feeling to actually step out on the actual Dodger Stadium field (even if it was mostly restricted to the outfield). If I had to estimate, I would say there was about 35,000 in attendance. Although tickets were free, they did have to be obtained online and then they were loaded onto my MLB At Bat app on my phone. And so we tip our Stadium Fantasium cap to the Dodgers for showing all of us true blue Dodger fans a really good time at Blue Heaven on Earth.

Shop Around (the Flea Market, Part 2)

1966 Topps Baseball #120, 1971 Topps Football #25, 2008 Topps Baseball Highlights Autographs HA-DB cardbacks
1966 Topps Baseball #120, 1971 Topps Football #25, 2008 Topps Baseball Highlights Autographs HA-DB cardbacks

Stuff I Actually Did Buy

Continuing our shopping adventures at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena CA, we finally came across a few cards that fit into the Stadium Fantasium collection. I even managed to pick up some significant vintage tradebait:

1966 Topps Baseball #120, 1971 Topps Football #25, 2008 Topps Baseball Highlights Autographs HA-DB
1966 Topps Baseball #120, 1971 Topps Football #25, 2008 Topps Baseball Highlights Autographs HA-DB

You may be shocked to learn that the 1966 Harmon Killebrew is now part of Stadium Fantasium’s Trading Block. I don’t collect any sets before 1969 so that’s why (it’s one way I limit the scope of my collection). Hopefully it will help me acquire a comparable post-1969 card. For a 1966 card, the condition is pretty decent.

The 1971 Dick Butkus card is in a bit rougher condition and may also end up on the Trading Block. I do collect 1971 Topps football cards and I do believe I already have this card.

I love the 2008 Topps baseball set and have quite a few of the Highlights Autographs. This Daric Barton auto is definitely staying in the Stadium Fantasium collection. It appears to be in perfect condition.

1992 Donruss Coca-Cola Nolan Ryan #8 & #26, 1993 Star Pics Kellogg’s College Greats Postercards #SCPI Scottie Pippen
1992 Donruss Coca-Cola Nolan Ryan #8 & #26, 1993 Star Pics Kellogg’s College Greats Postercards #SCPI Scottie Pippen

I also picked up a couple of sealed packs of 1992 Donruss that could only be found in Coca-Cola 12-packs with a special Nolan Ryan card. These Ryan cards are most likely keepers as I have only a few other Ryan cards from this set.

The 1993 Pippen card folds down to reveal a larger picture of Scottie Pippen. This card will also go on the Trading Block.

And the last card I picked up is this 1986 Jeno’s Pizza Rolls NFL Action Stickers #12 Walter Payton. This too goes on the Trading Block.

You may be wondering how much I paid for this batch of cards. I think I got a pretty decent deal seeing as I paid $10 for the seven cards. What do you think?

1986 Jeno's Pizza Rolls NFL Action Stickers #12 Walter Payton - $6.50
1986 Jeno's Pizza Rolls NFL Action Stickers #12 Walter Payton - $6.50

Stay tuned for our next post as we check out the 2019 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl to be held Saturday January 19th at the Rose Bowl (and you thought the college football season was over, didn’t you?)…

Shop Around (the Flea Market, Part 1)

"Shop Around" 7" single label
Mashup license plate

Stuff I Didn't Buy (but caught my attention anyway)

Just wanted to share my day at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA this past Sunday. I posted on my Twitter account a lot of uncropped pics of cool things that I didn’t buy but I also saw some cards I really wanted and actually did buy. I’ll show those in the next post.

These Grid-Star static-cling stickers/decals apparently were produced between 1988 and 1992 (according to one ebay seller). On the COMC website, one seller had like 38 different NFL players in his portfolio going for $2.95 and up. They’re listed on COMC under 1990 Grid-Star Premier Edition – [Base]. The flea market vendor was asking $1 each but only had multiples of these three players.

Grid-Star 49ers static cling stickers featuring John Taylor, Ronnie Lot and Michael Carter
Grid-Star 49ers static cling stickers featuring John Taylor, Ronnie Lot and Michael Carter
Bobbleheads!
Bobbleheads!

The same flea market seller also had these bobbleheads: former Dodgers pitcher Joe Beimel (a June 2008 stadium giveaway), former Angel Josh Hamilton (a May 2014 stadium giveaway) and former Angels manager Mike Scioscia (an April 2008 stadium giveaway).

He also had a good stack of these 1980’s era Smokey the Bear and the Los Angeles Raiders coloring books. Inside are coloring pages of Marcus Allen, Howie Long, Todd Christiansen and other Raider players.

Coloring book featuring Smokey the Bear and the Los Angeles Raiders
Coloring book featuring Smokey the Bear and the Los Angeles Raiders

There was also this large framed poster of the NFL Hall of Fame.

Poster of the NFL Hall of Fame
Poster of the NFL Hall of Fame

Another seller had this early 2000’s autographed Green Bay Packers helmet. He said Brett Favre’s signature is somewhere on top and was asking $600 although I’m sure the price was negotiable. How many autos can you identify?

Autographed Green Bay Packers helmet - right side
Autographed Green Bay Packers helmet - right side
Packers helmet - left side

Here’s binder of junk-wax era baseball cards. There were a few Topps gold insert cards in this binder that I wanted but the seller was asking in the neighborhood of $1 per card–not exactly a bargain.

Baseball cards in a binder
Baseball cards in a binder

Pins! Another seller had loads of pins and not just sports pins but buttons too. Unfortunately, he did not have a Super Bowl VII pin available. I would have loved to have one of those.

Assorted Super Bowl pins and other pins
Assorted Super Bowl pins and other pins
Assorted pins
Assorted pins...
more assorted pins
...and more assorted pins
Hisashi Iwakuma bobblehead (a July 2014 stadium giveaway)
Hisashi Iwakuma bobblehead (a July 2014 stadium giveaway)
Baseballs with multiple autographs
Baseballs with multiple autographs
Assorted pennants
Assorted pennants
A binder of 1990 Collegiate Collection Notre Dame Football cards
A binder of 1990 Collegiate Collection Notre Dame Football cards
An 8 x 10 photo of Sandy Koufax
An 8 x 10 photo of Sandy Koufax (think the signature is real?)
A couple of hand-painted signs featuring the logos of a couple of our local teams
A couple of hand-painted signs featuring the logos of a couple of our local teams
A binder of cards featuring NASCAR race driver Tony Stewart
A binder of cards featuring NASCAR race driver Tony Stewart
A binder full of cards of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon
A binder full of cards of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon
Raiders neon bar sign
Raiders neon bar sign
Assorted LA Kings hockey pucks
Assorted LA Kings hockey pucks
More pennants
More pennants
Assorted 1977 and/or 1978 RC Cola cans featuring MLB players (and an NFL player)
Assorted 1977 and/or 1978 RC Cola cans featuring MLB players (and an NFL player)
A tin full of assorted autographed NASCAR and country music cards
A tin full of assorted autographed NASCAR and country music cards
Assorted Star Wars cards
Assorted Star Wars cards
Not sure if these are toy USC megahorns or cups
Not sure if these are toy USC megahorns or cups
...and more pennants
...and more pennants
A tin full of assorted sportscards
A tin full of assorted sportscards
Vintage '70's LA Rams glasses
Vintage '70's LA Rams glasses
NFL bedsheets and Star Wars bedsheets!
NFL bedsheets and Star Wars bedsheets!
Starting Lineups figures, a Red Sox book and a box of 1990 Bowman hockey cards
Starting Lineups figures, a Red Sox book and a box of 1990 Bowman hockey cards
Assorted plastic sports cups
Assorted plastic sports cups

That’s wraps up our look at things most of us would love to have if we had the money and the space (or use for tradebait). In the next post, I’ll show off what I did buy and I promise it will be a much shorter post. Stay tuned…

Caribbean Blue (Donruss 1992)

1992 Donruss card element
Screenshot from a 1992 Donruss commercial
Screenshot from a 1992 Donruss commercial

Wow. I can’t believe I actually won a contest prize over at Adam’s ARPSmith’s Sportscard Obsession. It really wasn’t due to due to a correct guess/prediction in one of his minicontests. None of the contestants in a particular mini-contest got the correct answer so the contestants user names were randomized and mine luckily came out on top.

The prize was a complete set of cards, as described in Adam’s original contest post, “The list will certainly include 1986-91 Topps, 1988 & 90-92 Donruss, 1989-91 Score and 1990 Fleer baseball sets and 1990 Score Football”. So as you may have figured by now from the title of this post, I opted for the 1992 Donruss baseball set.

Of all the baseball sets listed on Adam’s prize list, I had the least amount of cards from this set and this was definitely a set I wanted to complete. Although this set may have a bad reputation with some collectors, I’ve always found the design rather attractive, especially for a low-end product. The rather thin bars of light blue with their gradient effect at the top and bottom of most cards and the silver block-lettered names just strike me as pleasingly pleasant. See for yourself:

A sample of 1992 Donruss baseball cards

Adam even included the eight bonus cards, BC-1 through BC-8. The Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies logo cards above are BC-7 and BC-8. The Marlins and Rockies would begin their inaugural season in 1993.

But that was not all Adam sent. He also sent a complete 33-card set of 1987 Topps K-Mart and a complete 33-card set of 1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team. Both of these are sets I did not own. Check ’em out:

1987 Topps K-Mart Stars of the Decades: Box front and assorted cards
1987 Topps K-Mart Stars of the Decades: Box front and assorted cards
1987 Topps K-Mart Stars of the Decades: Box back and assorted cards
1987 Topps K-Mart Stars of the Decades: Box back and assorted cards
1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team: Box front and assorted cards
1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team: Box front and assorted cards
1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team: Box back and assorted cards
1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team: Box back and assorted cards

And so we give Adam (ARPSmith’s Sportscard Obsession) a well-deserved Stadium Fantasium standing ovation for the contest and the prize! Thanks Adam!

Next for this newly acquired set:

  • Enter these cards in my collection on TCDB (Trading Card Database)
  • Inventory the associated insert cards I have for the 1992 set
  • Create a wantlist of insert cards
  • Put all of the cards Adam sent into a binder

Until then, stay tuned…

Yes, I’m Ready

Segment of 45 rpm "Yes, I'm Ready"

Yes, I’m (sort of) ready to attempt to live up to a few 2019 New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never really had any New Year’s resolutions before (especially hobby resolutions). But for this year, I decided to take baby steps to go out on a limb and set some goals for the new year. In no particular order, here they are:

  1. Complete at least three major-release baseball sets (not including chase cards) from my backlogged collection of cards. This means for each set, creating an Excel checklist, checking off the cards I have, making a wantlist of the cards I need and then transferring the cards from a monster box to a D-ring binder (and then add the chase cards and even a wrapper). And then I’ll add the wantlist to this here Stadium Fantasium blog to get the remaining needed cards.
    Screenshot of 2018 Topps Heritage insert cards spreadsheet
    Screenshot of 2018 Topps Heritage insert cards spreadsheet
  2. Complete five incomplete smaller, oddball-type baseball sets and put them in a binder. Assorted oddball cardsAssorted oddball baseball cards
    Assorted oddball baseball cards
    Assorted oddball baseball cards
  3. Complete one of my older football sets and put it in a binder (along with a wrapper).
    Assorted 1969-1974 Topps football cards
    Assorted 1969-1974 Topps football cards
    Assorted 1976-1979 Topps and 1989, 1990 Pro Set football cards
    Assorted 1976-1979 Topps and 1989, 1990 Pro Set football cards
  4. List more items on the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block. I’ve got a boatload of cards and non-card items that I would love to trade for wantlist cards. I just gotta sit down and list them and then place them in a physical “Stadium Fantasium Trading Block” box (so that I can find them in case someone actually wants to trade). Here’s a very small sample of what will soon appear in the Trading Block:
    Very small sample of the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block
    Very small sample of the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block
  5. Upgrade Stadium Fantasium. I’ve already started on this project by sprucing up the walls here with 2019 Topps Series 1 and Topps Heritage artwork. And I also added a thumbnail image to most blog links in the Stadium Fantasium blogroll. I’d prefer to have the blogroll formatted like Blogspot blogrolls with some text and a thumbnail image from the blog’s latest post. But alas, I use WordPress and have not found a blogroll widget that’s similar to Blogspot’s. I also recently added a “Blog Contests Lineup” to the right sidebar. It lists the currently active contests of fellow hobby bloggers. Mouse over those links and you can see the contest deadline.

    CONTEST PLUG: By the way, cynicalbuddha of Collector’s Crack fame is running his 9th Annual Almost the Easiest Super Bowl Contest on the Web–I’m definitely in. More blog upgrades to come…

  6. Somehow make the time to inventory/complete sets, maintain Stadium Fantasium, keep up with other blogs, play fantasy baseball, all while satisfying other life obligations. This one goal will be the most difficult to accomplish. I love reading the card blogs and posting to my own blog but those activities also take time away from organizing and growing my collection (I’m sure most of you can relate). But that’s okay. It ensures that I am never bored.

So how many of these goals will I actually accomplish? Will I accomplish half of my goals? Or will I finish all of my goals in half a year? Stay tuned…

My Favorite Mistake (of 2018)

Hobby-wise I was really looking forward to 2018. This would be the first year in ages that I would attempt to build a Topps baseball set that wasn’t flagship. And so when 2018 Topps Heritage was released, I bought two hobby boxes and I’m very happy with my purchase.

You see, the 1969 cards were the first I ever collected and have always been near and dear to my heart (I’m still only five cards away from completing the set along with some of the white letter variations). The 2018 Heritage base cards and deckle edge inserts did a nice job of recreating the look of the original 1969 cards. Sure there were some differences, such as the teams, parallels, relics, autos and insert sets that didn’t exist in 1969. And I was a bit disappointed that the 2018 deckle edge cards weren’t the same size as the 1969 version.

However, I thought it was rather clever that Topps sort of recreated some of the printing imperfections of the 1969 cards. And that brings us to my favorite card of 2018 (drumroll please…)

Ta dah! 2018 Topps Heritage #174

You might have thought that I would have chosen a Dodgers card, but this particular card really hit the nostalgia button for me. Besides some of the colors being out of register (misaligned, as on many of the original ’69 cards), this card also brought to mind an original 1969 card of a White Sox catcher.

Ta dah! 2018 Topps Heritage #174
1969 Topps #222
1969 Topps #222

Thanks to P-town Tom (Waiting ’til Next Year…) for putting on the Favorite Card of 2018 contest.

Love Is A Rose (Bowl Contest Winner)

2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir Cup Design
2019 Rose Bowl Game - Opening drive
2019 Rose Bowl Game - Opening drive
2019 Rose Bowl Game - Final minutes
2019 Rose Bowl Game - Final minutes
2019 Rose Bowl Final Score
2019 Rose Bowl Final Score
2019 Rose Bowl Program
2019 Rose Bowl Program

The 2019 Rose Bowl Game came and went with the Ohio State Buckeyes crowned the 2019 Rose Bowl Champions. Ohio State dominated Washington for most of the game. Washington did score 20 points in the fourth quarter but Ohio State held off the Huskies to win 28-23.

This brings us to the part of the blog post where we declare the winner(s) of the Stadium Fantasium 2019 Rose Bowl Contest (I hope I did the math right–see original contest post here).

Gold Contest Winner: Fuji (The Chronicles of Fuji)! Contestants were to predict which team would win the Rose Bowl and the margin of victory (without going over). Each contestant’s prediction of the margin of victory actually went over but Fuji’s guess was the closest (Fuji guessed 6–nice job!). Fuji will receive four 2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir cups (two of each size, pictured in the original contest post), one 2019 Rose Bowl official game program (pictured on the right, and his choice of three items of the 42 listed in the original contest post. (Fuji, please list your choices in a comment below.)

Silver Contest Winner: It’s a tie! Both Jon (A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts) and ketchupman (Rekindling the Cardboard Flame) predicted Ohio State to be leading at halftime by 10 points. Ohio State actually led by 18 at halftime. Both Jon and ketchupman will receive two 2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir cups (one of each size, pictured at right), one 2019 Rose Bowl official game program, and his choice of two items of the 42 listed in the original contest post after the Gold Contest winner has chosen. (since Jon posted his predictions before ketchupman, Jon will choose his items after Fuji.) Way to go guys!

Bronze Contest Winner: ketchupman again! Contestants were to predict how many total points would be scored in this game (without going over). A total of 51 points were scored and ketchupman predicted 48–impressive! In addition to what he won in the Silver Contest, ketchupman will receive two 2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir cups (one of each size), one 2019 Rose Bowl official game program, and choice of one item from the prize list after the Gold Contest winner and Silver Contest winners have chosen.

Congratulations to all of our winners! I already have email addresses for Fuji and Jon, just need ketchupman’s.

By the way, if anyone else is interested in acquiring their own 2019 Rose Bowl Program or the Souvenir Rose Bowl cups (initially available only to Rose Bowl Game patrons who purchased a beverage at the game) or any of the unclaimed prizes, let’s work out a trade.

Note: It looks like the Rose Bowl programs and cups are pretty hot commodities on ebay.

After the postgame festivities...
After the postgame festivities...
Congratulations to Ohio State!

Above is a picture of the Rose Bowl’s southern scoreboard–notice the number beneath the scoreboard? Stay tuned…

2017 Topps Update US50
2017 Topps Update US50

About Me

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Long time set collector with a particular passion for Topps flagship baseball cards along with some cards from other sets/sports (almost no Upper Deck, Panini, high-end or hockey to see here).

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