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Less bang for your buck

OK, I'm steering this blog away from Dodger cards for a post or two. I'm already getting complaints. 😒
I was running a couple of errands before work yesterday when I stopped at Walgreen's to grab some cookies for someone who has been very good. As I turned away from the shelf, I looked down the aisle and noticed a middle-aged man staring at the toy area, right where the baseball card repacks normally hang.
Could there be baseball cards?
I had heard a month or two ago that even Walgreen's repacks were being raided by the flippers so I didn't even consider finding cards when I walked in, but what was this guy looking at?
As he moved on to something else, I moved in. I was surprised to see three Fairfield repacks hanging on the metal rack. I immediately noticed something skimpy about the box but grabbed the first one (probably should've grabbed the second or third after seeing what was in the first).
Now, the reason that the box was so skinny is that these repack boxe…

Tougher from here on out

(For those entered in the contest to win the 1989 Topps Big set, I'll announce it at the end of the post).
I've been a Dodgers fan since 1974.
I know a lot of readers know that but I just want to get it out there for any newcomers who arrive upon this blog in the next year or so and think, "another one, huh?"
Longtime fans have their radar turned up for bandwagoners. It's an ugly thing that we rooting veterans do, singling out the rising totals in Patriots or Braves fans over the years as the sign of some sort of mass personality flaw. It's actually none of our business. New fans can root for whoever they want.

But I do expect more Dodgers fans to show up now that the team has won the World Series. It's just the nature of things. Do you know how many Jets fans I saw on the playground in the early '70s? Where are they all now?
I do expect acquiring Dodgers cards to get tougher from here on out, too. Not that it isn't tough already. Aside from the Yanke…

The Dodgers, you guys

It's been a surreal 24 hours.
As a member of a baseball fan base who hadn't experienced an ultimate championship in over 30 years -- Mets, Orioles, Tigers, Pirates, Indians, Brewers fans, we are one -- I was somewhat at a loss over how to react to the Dodgers winning the World Series.
What do I do? All of this attention on me for something I didn't do! ... I feel weird. ... I don't know what to do with my hands!
Part of this is because I was working when the game was playing. So while I was fully aware of the game -- it is my job responsibility to know what's happening in sports -- I couldn't do all the things I'd do if I was following the game from my living room. Also, you need to know the job I have to understand the emotional conflict. Not only is the job of an editor/reporter built on objectivity, but it demands your undivided attention. I must be concentrating while I'm working because if I don't, errors will happen and deadlines won't be made…

Dodgers World Series heroes ranked

Fair warning: the posts on this blog for the next two or three days are going to be extremely Dodger-centric.
With stakes very high and the first World Series title in 32 years on the line, I need to distribute as many positive Dodger vibes that I can in the the foolhardy belief that it will help. Consider it a blog's version of an athlete wearing the same clothes every day in hopes of bringing some luck.
And if the Dodgers win, I'll need to celebrate with cards as well.
So with that in mind, I started thinking last night about Dodgers World Series heroes of the past. It's no surprise to Dodgers fans that there have been more than a few trials and tribulations for the team during the World Series. The Dodgers have lost more World Series than anyone, their record is 6-14. In total World Series games (including 2020, so far), they are 52-70.
But with that subpar record, they have made enough World Series to produce a good share of Series heroes. They have been around a lot longe…