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  The Dodgers announced yesterday that it will retire Gil Hodges' uniform No. 14 and that the ceremony will take place June 4 when the Dodgers play the Mets. It's been a long time since the Dodgers retired a uniform number. The organization, with one exception, does not retire a number until the person who wore it is elected to the Hall of Fame. I think this is the proper way to retire numbers, rather than the "just-because" reasons that several other baseball teams do. The last time the Dodgers retired a uniform number was on Aug. 14, 1998 when they retired Don Sutton's No. 20. Twenty-four years have gone by since, but, heck, people have been waiting for Hodges to reach the Hall of Fame for a lot longer than that. So I figured I would revive a blog series that I haven't done in years -- just to continue the whole "what you waiting for?" theme. This is where I review all the players who have worn a certain number for the Dodgers. Today we're look
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C.A., the review 5 (part 2)

  We're off to a hotly contested start in the bid to add a fifth card to the Cardboard Appreciation Hall of Fame. In the first vote-off, the 1991 BBM Hideo Nomo jumped out to an early lead and looked like it would hang on for the victory, but the 1980 Topps Highlights Garry Templeton, in the second-place slot for days, made a late charge and pulled out a one-vote victory. Here is the vote total for the first group of cards: 1. 1980 Topps '79 Highlights Garry Templeton, 14 votes 2. 1991 BBM Hideo Nomo, 13 votes 3. 2008 Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives James Hardy, 10 votes 4. 1991 Score Rick Dempsey, 8 votes 5. 1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes Joe Black, 3 votes 6. 2013 Chattanooga Lookouts Luis Vazquez, 2 votes 7. 2009 Bowman World Baseball Classic Gift Ngoepe, 1 vote 8. 2011 Pacific Coast League Top Prospects Eric Thames, 0 votes   So, the Templeton card takes its place in the second-round of voting.   We're still in the first round here and will be for the next seven weeks. Th

Color match game

A couple of blog housekeeping notes: First, an update on the 5,000-post repack giveaway. I have sent out 11 of the 20 packages. Another is packaged and another is selected. I'm currently selecting winner No. 14's cards. Also, today's the last day to vote in the first round of the Cardboard Appreciation Hall of Fame series. If you haven't voted yet, copy and paste this link and vote!:  EDIT: POLL HAS CLOSED ).   Way back when I wrote the 1975 Topps set blog, I mentioned how much I liked the '75 Rick Auerbach card as a kid . Really, I shouldn't have liked it at all. It's a Dodger, surrounded by Giants colors. But I loved the orangey glow, it reminded me of my favorite drink of that time -- root beer -- and, heck, it was the '70s, that color combination was in everyone's house. It's also a great example of the color clash that is all over '75 Topps. I submit that the Auerbach card would not ha

Why oddballs?

  I know I've written a lot about oddballs throughout this blog and I've really been spouting off about them in the last six months or so. I probably should change this blog to "Oddball Owl Cards" to make it more appropriate. I've written about them so much that I wanted to do a post on why I like them so much. This isn't a "how-to," in fact, I'd prefer that you didn't copy me and collect these things. It's one of the few kinds of cards where I don't have to beat back the competition. So here are a few reasons why I collect oddballs. (Remember: don't start collecting them!) I shall use a bunch of oddball cards that I just received from Nick of Dime Boxes as visual aids to support my argument. 1. Oddballs are the last chance to collect the players that I truly adore. These are all cards from 1978 SSPC. I have so few of these. I need so many more. Oddballs give me a chance to say hello to the players from my childhood one last t