By Cary Osborne
What is the most valuable piece of Dodger memorabilia?
Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further! The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has amazing deals on autographed memorabilia.
Now through December 7 , LADF will be hosting an online auction with autographed memorabilia, including items from your favorite current and former Dodger players. Go to dodgers.com/auction to place your bid on autographed baseball and jerseys.
Now is the time to find a coveted gift for your favorite Dodger fan or for yourself. As you browse through the online auction, you will find items signed by Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez, Corey Seager, Justin Turner and many others. If you are the winning bidder, we will ship item to you prior to the holiday.
All proceeds benefit the programs and charitable donations of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.
Frozen in time are the ballplayers gathered together on the same panel of a team-signed baseball. Here is a look at the players and their respective Dodger careers when the baseball in the center of the photo was signed in September 1969:
By Cary Osborne
In the last 12 months, the value of one Clayton Kershaw rookie baseball card has doubled to about $5,000. That’s how a season like what Kershaw just had can affect the value of his items in the hobby/memorabilia market.
“I think he’s probably on the Mount Rushmore right now of guys who attract the most collector interest,” said Sports Collectors Daily editor Rich Mueller.
Mueller gave us an insight as to how the sports card and memorabilia industry views some current Dodgers. Kershaw has become one of the drivers, along with names like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton. Mueller said that $5K card is a low-print, high-grade insert from the 2006 Bowman Chrome set.
Beyond the obvious, there are a number of interesting factors, Mueller said, affecting why Kershaw is so highly regarded by collectors.
The Beatles made their United States debut 50 years ago on this date in 1964 on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” By September, the Fab Four were appearing at Dodger Stadium in a promotion straight out of left field.
Stumbling in the 1964 standings and on their way to a sixth-place finish in the National League, the defending World Champions decided to jump on the Beatles bandwagon. To boost late-season box office interest, the team offered 12″ x 18″ portraits of the British singers by artist Nicholas Volpe, whose Union 76-sponsored illustrations of various Dodgers since 1959 had proved popular with Dodger fans and collectors.
The Beatles portraits were separated into four games – John Lennon (September 12), Paul McCartney (September 15), George Harrison (September 29) and Ringo Starr (October 3) – and distributed to “children through the ages of high school.” The Beatles would later perform their second-to-last concert together at Dodger Stadium on August 28, 1966.
They’re game-used and autographed by the Dodgers, they honor Jackie Robinson and they benefit the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
What’s not to like?
Now through February 10, at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Auction, you can bid on any one of a number of autographed No. 42 jerseys that were worn by the Dodgers (including Don Mattingly, Kenley Jansen, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and many more) on Jackie Robinson Day on April 15. Looks good and feels good.