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Recently I came across the One Million Cubs Cards Project on Twitter and I have decided to attempt to collect one million Dodgers cards. I will collect cards from the Brooklyn and Los Angeles eras including previous names used in Brooklyn: Superbas, Grooms, Robins… I will also include cards of minor league players in the Dodgers organization.

Along with chasing 1,000,000 total cards I want to collect as many unique Dodgers cards as I can. There are 116,981 (as of 5/5/2018) unique cards counting all franchise names.

On Twitter at @SouthIndyCards
#OneMillionDodgers 

I am keeping track of this collection on the Trading Card Data Base. Click on Collection from my profile page to see what is included so far.

Last update: 5/19/2018

Current total: 5,462
Total Unique: 2184 of 116,981 total cards. Includes Los Angeles and Brooklyn Dodgers, Brooklyn Grooms, Brooklyn Robins and Brooklyn Superbas. (About 1800 cards are still being entered into the data base.)

Oldest card(s): 1953 Bowman #12 Carl Erskine

Favorite card: 1959 Topps Carl Erskine #217

I am seeking bulk team and individual card trades. I have cards ranging from the 1980’s through 2018 to trade.

Dodgers cards added

4/11/2018 Start of project
239

Added in April 2018: 3346

Added in May 2018: 1,895

Total added: 4,864

Milestones
1000 Dodgers cards 4/18/2018
5000 Dodgers cards 5/16/2018
10,000 Dodgers cards

Indianapolis Indians

According to the Trading Card Database there are 2,048 Indianapolis Indians baseball cards through the 2017 season. Of those, 25 are early 20th Century between 1909 and 1912. The remaining are from 1976 to 2017. I am going to collect all of them.

Current total: 178 of 2,048

Pre-War Era
1909-11 T206 Jimmy Burke
 

Team sets
1988 ProCards (Randy Johnson)
1989 ProCards (Larry Walker)
1991 ProCards
2003 Choice
2004 Choice (Missing #2, #3, #9)
2005 Choice

TTM Autographs

In the 1980s I collected autographs through the mail (TTM). Lost most of them in a flood in 2008. Recently began collecting again. This is a list of the TTM Autos I receive.

  1. Carl Erskine on 1991 Topps Archives 1953 #308 Received 5/17/2018
  2. Carl Erskine on 1987 Hygrade All Time Greats #NNO Received 5/17/2018
  3. Carl Erskine on back of envelope with personal message. Received 5/17/2018

2017 Dodgers Needs

2017 Topps 
5b Corey Seager SP VAR
50 Clayton Kershaw
50b Clayton Kershaw SP VAR
107 Howie Kendrick
134 Chase Utley
142 Carlos Ruiz
251 Justin Turner
325 Chris Hatcher
329 Josh Reddick
337 Scott Van Slyke
375 Yasiel Puig
388 Yasmani Grandal
402 Logan Forsythe
413 Rob Segedin
423 Sergio Romo
447 Scott Kazmir
454 Andrew Toles
462 Rich Hill
490 Joc Pederson
574 Trayce Thompson
582 Julio Urias
582b Julio Urias SP VAR
597 Kenta Maeda
597b Sandy Koufax SP VAR
597c Kenta Maeda SP VAR
608 Dodgers Team Card
618 Kenley Jansen
985 Enrique Hernandez

2017 Update 
US38 Cody Bellinger
US38b Cody Bellinger SP VAR
US50 Cody Bellinger
US50b Cody Bellinger SP VAR
US50c Cody Bellinger SSP VAR
110 Corey Seager
110b Corey Seager SP VAR
156 Yu Darvish
214 Cody Bellinger
223b Clayton Kershaw SP VAR
298 Brett Eibner
300 Cody Bellinger

2017 Opening Day
4 Justin Turner
50 Clayton Kershaw
50b Clayton Kershaw SP VAR
53 Chase Utley
146 Corey Seager
160 Adrian Gonzalez
186 Julio Urias
193 Kenley Jansen

2017 Gypsy Queen 

2017 Bowman 

2017 Heritage 

2017 Donruss 

2017 Diamond Kings 

 

1950’s Dodgers Needs

I need the following 1950’s cards for my Unique Dodgers Cards Collection.

1959 
16 Joe Pignatano
20 Duke Snider
43 Steve Bilko
53 Stan Williams
71 Don Bessent
107 Norm Larker
125 Ron Fairly
152 Johnny Klipstein
163 Sandy Koufax
195 Rip Repulski
206 Carl Furillo
244 Dick Gray
258 Fred Kipp
262 Podres/Labine/Drysdale
270 Gil Hodges
287 Don Zimmer
306 Jim Gilliam
321 Bob Giallombardo VAR without optioned statement
321 Bob Giallombardo VAR with optioned statement
387 Don Drysdale
427 Charlie Neal
468 Duke Snider Baseball Thrillers
508 Art Fowler
522 Gene Snyder
550 Roy Campanella

 

2018 Dodgers Needs

2018 Dodgers Needs

Topps Series 1
35 Logan Forsythe
42 Cody Bellinger SP VAR
42 Cody Bellinger SSP VAR
89 Yasiel Puig SP VAR
177 Walker Buehler
350 Clayton Kershaw
350 Clayton Kershaw SP VAR
350 Clayton Kershaw SSP VAR

Topps Series 1 Gold */2018
2 Clayton Kershaw LL
42 Cody Bellinger
59 Clayton Kershaw LL
65 Alex Wood
89 Yasiel Puig
108 Justin Turner LL
114 Cody Bellinger LL
121 Rich Hill
124 Julio Urias
159 Joc Pederson
177 Walker Buehler
265 Chase Utley
320 Yasmani Grundal
338 Brandon McCarthy
350 Clayton Kershaw

Inserts 

1983 Design
83-9 Alex Verdugo
83-16 Clayton Kershaw
83-20 Alex Wood
83-60 Justin Turner
83-67 Cody Bellinger

 

Gypsy Queen
125b Corey Seager SP VAR
125c Corey Seager SP VAR
156b Yasiel Puig SP VAR
165b Justin Turner SP VAR
200 Cody Bellinger
200b Cody Bellinger SP VAR
222 Walker Buehler

Inserts 
Autographs
GQA-AT Andrew Toles
GQA-AV Alex Verdugo
GQA-SK Sandy Koufax

Fortune Teller Minis
FTM-8 Corey Seager

Tarot of the Diamond
TOD-5 Cody Bellinger
TOD-6 Kenley Jansen
TOD-8 Kershaw
TOD-19 Yasiel Puig

Bowman 
59 Walker Buehler
64 Clayton Kershaw
72 Alex Verdugo

Bowman Prospects
BP19 Johan Mieses
BP20 Wil Smith
BP22 Yadier Alvarez
BP31 D. J. Peters
BP36 Dennis Santana
BP47 Ibandel Isabel
BP79 Keibert Ruiz
BP103 Mitchell White

Diamond Kings
16 Carl Furillo
23 Pee Wee Reese
23b Pee Wee Reese SP VAR
28 Jackie Robinson
28b Jackie Robinson SP VAR
36 Carl Erskine
71 Corey Seager
72 Clayton Kershaw
82 Cody Bellinger
82b Cody Bellinger SP VAR
108 Walker Buehler SP
108b Walker Buehler SP VAR
109 Alex Verdugo SP
110 Kyle Farmer SP

Donruss
45 Alex Verdugo
129 Alex Wood
243b Cody Bellinger SP VAR

Heritage 
45b Corey Seager SP VAR
118b Cody Bellinger SP VAR
118c
118d
118e
161b Yu Darvish SP VAR
167 Joc Pederson World Series
216 Clayton Kershaw
216b
216c
216d
295 Corey Seager
Short Prints
424 Kenley Jansen
426 Rich Hill
433 Hyun-Jin Ryu
469 Julio Urias
470 Yasmani Grandal
490 Adrian Gonzalez

Opening Day 
1b Clayton Kershaw SP VAR
196 Alex Wood

 

 

Pre-War Card Collecting

I have been wanting to get into early 20th Century cards. I just didn’t know where to begin. I didn’t want to just buy an old card to say I had one. I wanted to find some sort of connection between the players and myself, something of interest. I know of no baseball players in my family tree, and I have researched my family tree extensively. Having none in my family I decided to start with players from my hometown and county.

I grew up in a small farming community in south-eastern Indiana. Several players are known to have come from Jennings County. Those early 20th Century players I have discovered so far were all from Hayden, once a bustling community now a small town along US Highway 50, between the “big cities” of North Vernon and Seymour.

I have identified the following players so far:
Mike Simon has 11 known cards
Ray Ryan
Howard Daringer
Cliff Daringer has 1 known card
Rolla Daringer
Walter More
Forrest More
George More
Arnold Marshall

Not all of these players had cards issued, some had only one. I want to collect the cards that I can and any other memorabilia related to these players such as team or other photos and signatures. I recently purchased a cancelled check written in 1969 and signed by Cliff Daringer. I am waiting on it to be delivered. And I am currently watching an eBay auction for a 1914 Cracker Jack card of Mike Simon.

At some point I will expand what I am collecting to any player from Indiana, but for now I will keep it within Jennings County. I will also start adding early Dodgers as part of my One Million Dodgers cards project, but for now I want a different focus.

I use the pre-1939 definition of what constitutes a pre-war card.

Autograph Collection

I collected autographs as a kid. I loved meeting the players if only for a few seconds while they signed. I also requested autographs through the mail in the mid-1980’s. Spent a day at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL in the early 80’s and got several autographs including Sandy Koufax.

I have very few autographs left from childhood. None of them are worth anything, but I don’t collect them to make money. I collect them to collect them.

I do not actively seek autographs on stickers attached to the card. If I get one in a pack or as part of a larger trade I will keep it, but generally I find the sticker autos undesirable.

Joel Guzman on 2004 Bowman #BDP139 SN 34/53

Brandon Hamilton on 2007 Tristar Prospects Plus Farm Hands #FH-BH

Wes Hodges on 2005 Upper Deck USA Baseball #WH-GU
Autograph, Game Used Jersey, SN 24/100

Blake Snell on 2018 Gypsy Queen Certified Autograph

The following are on the same sheet of paper. I obtained these signatures outside the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis in 1984 after an All Time All Star game held there.
Joe DiMaggio
Carl Erskine
Hank Aaron
Tony Oliva
Whitey Ford
Minnie Minoso
Jim Piersall
Bill “Moose” Skowron
Enos Slaughter

On a Little League baseball:
Enos Slaughter (sweet spot)
Bill “Moose” Skowron
Carl Erskine
Scott Earl

Joe DiMaggio’s Uniform

Summer of 1984 I was 15. My step-father and I attended an All Time All Star Game at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.

After the game we waited outside to see if I could get some autographs. We weren’t waiting long when the door opened and out walked Joe DiMaggio. I had a four inch binder full of baseball cards and the photocopied flyer for a baseball card show. I used the binder as a hard surface for him to write on. I asked DiMaggio if I could have his autograph and handed him the binder. As he took the binder he handed me his uniform to hold while he signed. He commented how heavy the binder was. He talked with us for a couple minutes and then went on. I still can’t believe I was holding Joltin’ Joe’s pinstripes.

Before the night was over I had added Hank Aaron, Whitey Ford, Jim Piersall, Enos Slaughter, Moose Skowron, Tony Oliva, Carl Erskine and Minnie Minoso.

I’ve pulled a few autos this year, including a really nice Rafael Devers that books at about $80-$100 on Beckett but this worthless collection of signatures is priceless.

This piece was damaged in a flood in 2008. The mud stains are from that flood.

 

Thanks to Nick Diunte for confirming the Aaron and Minoso autographs.