a baseball card celebration of the dodgers and the infield of my youth.
29 April 2011
more team collector pandering as topps serves up more variations - a side by side comparison of the 2007 dodgers
after a couple of decent variations and especially a nomar! in the 2006 topps dodger blister team set, i quickly sought out and purchased a 2007 set. it was not quite the same. you'll see what i mean. once again, the regular topps cards are on the left, and the topps dodgers team set cards are on the right.
first up, lad1 for 2007 - rafael furcal
no difference. at least it's not photoshopped like his 2006 card. i have to admit, i was hoping for nomar to be on top of the pack back in 2007. turns out, of course, that he was nowhere to be found.
again, no difference. broxton had been given one of those factory set 'bonus cards' in 2006 which was nice. chad billingsley had one of those in 2003, and then in 2007, topps issued a dodgers version of the complete factory set which had 5 additional dodger cards in it. i previously showcased those cards here, so no need to discuss again.
it's the same.
six cards in and only the number on the back is different. then we get to lad7.
look! the filmstrip square things changed color on the bottom! forget about how topps photoshopped a jersey onto pierre that hadn't been worn in games since the davey johnson era, they changed the color of some little tiny squares! in fact, all of the dodger team set cards are blue squares on top, white squares on the bottom.
jeff kent is next.
and his card is unchanged.
gets all of his squares changed! red and blue switched to blue and white! huzzah!
chad billingsley is the 10th card in the set
now we're talking! not only do the bottom squares get the color sapped right out, schmidt's topps card was issued in series 2, so they had some time to get him to pose in a real dodger jersey and without his arm in a cast. the photoshopped version in the team set is similar to the 2006 brett tomko as it features a giant at pac bell/at&t/the phone booth transformed into a dodger. it's certainly the most drastic variation of the bunch.
no rookie cup for russell! the dreaded award variation! ethier got to keep his in the team set, but tough nuts for martin. otherwise, it's the same.
this is back to boring.
finally, the last card in the set, lad14 is luis gonzalez
and the out of place guy gets a tighter cropping in the team set! i actually like this card because there is no baseball field anywhere in sight. gonzo could be walking through a city park or just strolling down the street.
so, in 2007, we had 3 color square variations, 1 photoshop variation, 1 cropping variation, and 1 disappearing rookie cup variation. will 2008 be any more diverse? stay tuned...
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i collect dodgers cards, any and all cards featuring steve garvey, ron cey, dave lopes or bill russell, all topps cards of the players who were featured in the 1978 topps set as dodgers, cards featuring dodger stadium, o-pee-chee variations, cards showing memorial patches and/or armbands, and cards showing the double play turn at second base. i am also currently working on my 1971 topps set. i have a lot of cards to trade!