Friday, March 30, 2012

Topps Announces Long-Term Partnership With NFLPA


Multi-Year Deal Begins with the 2012 NFL Season and the Release of
Bowman Football


New York, March 28, 2012 – The Topps Company, a leading creator and marketer of sports cards, today announced a long-term trading card licensing agreement with NFL PLAYERS, the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. The deal will allow Topps to continue the tradition of showcasing NFL players in unique ways making Topps’ products the industry’s most sought-after football cards.

“We are excited to continue our deep, long standing partnership with the NFLPA ,” said Ryan O’Hara, CEO of The Topps Company. “For more than 50 years, these two iconic brands have continued to be at the forefront of innovation with the goal of providing the best products to our growing consumer base.”

“The NFLPA is pleased to extend our partnership with The Topps Company, a cornerstone partner for nearly 20 years,” said Keith Gordon, President of NFL PLAYERS INC. “We look forward to a continued tradition of product innovation, industry enrichment and a healthy assortment of player product.”

Topps is set to unveil its first product of the season, Bowman Football, just prior to the start of the 2012 NFL season. This will be the first time fans will have the opportunity to see the likes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson and Justin Blackmon to go along with all of today’s NFL superstars.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Topps Adding More Star Autographs to Finest, Platinum and Topps Chrome Baseball


In 2012, baseball card collectors will notice that Topps Chrome, Topps Finest and Bowman Platinum all feature autograph subjects that are unfamiliar to these brands…the non-rookie/prospect stars! These products are set to release this Summer. (July/August)

Though limited in production, Topps has made an effort to add more veteran star content featuring the likes of Albert Pujols, Justin Verlander, Matt Kemp and more.

Here are the highlights:

2012 Topps Finest
  • Faces of the Franchise Autographs #’d to 15 or less. Includes Matt Kemp, Chipper Jones and more.
  • Finest Moments Autographs #’d to 25 or less (Yu Darvish, Miguel Cabrera)
  • Game Changers Autographs #’d to 10 or less (Prince Fielder and Jose Bautista)
  • Game Changers Autographed Relics #’d to 5
  • Dual Autographs #’d to 10
  • Triple Autographs #’d to 5
2012 Topps Chrome
  • Dynamic Die Cut Autographs #’d to 25 or less featuring stars such as Albert Pujols. (Pictured Above)
  • Chrome Encounter Autographs #’d to 10 or less starring Ryan Braun and Adrian Gonzalez
  • Cut from the Same Cloth Autographs #’d to 5 are dual sided cards featuring 2 star autographs! Find Josh Hamilton/Nelson Cruz.
  • Dual Autographs #’d to 10 or less
2012 Bowman Platinum
  • Cutting Edge Stars Autographs #’d to 25 or less. Includes Robinson Cano and more.
  • Purely Platinum Autographs #’d 1 of 1 featuring Clayton Kershaw, Dustin Pedroia and more.
These star autographs will replace a rookie/prospect autograph.


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Upcoming Appearance - Devin Ebanks


Come and meet the Los Angeles Lakers Guard/Forward Devin Ebanks at his FIRST public autograph signing event. 

April 14th, 2012
2:00 - 3:30 pm

PHOTOS, BASKETBALLS AND JERSEYS will be for sale at this event. 

MVP Trading Cards Company
9135-A Reseda Blvd Suite 174
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 518-0989

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Upcoming Appearance - Matt Barnes


Meet Lakers Forward, Matt Barnes!

March 30, 2012
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Staples
213 North Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91206

Appearance can be found on the Lakers website.

Photo credit: Sports Illustrated

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Upcoming Appearance - Luc Robitaille


Meet Kings Hall of Famer, Luc Robitaille!

Sunday, April 1st
10 am - 12 pm

Living Spaces
14501 Artesia Blvd
La Mirada, CA 90638
(714) 228-1164

Only one autograph per person. 

Autographs available as time permits.

Line will be limited to 300 guests. 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Complete Non-Baseball Autograph List

Topps Allen & Ginter has offered the most unique and diverse autograph checklist in the hobby.

And for 2012, the tradition continues…

Leading the pack are the likes of SI Swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton, Roger Federer (Tennis champ), Michael Phelps (Olympic Hero), Bobby Knight (Coaching Legend), Arnold Palmer (Golf Legend) and more.

And recently, Topps has added more names to make this autograph list second to none. The product will feature two more names added to the baseball checklist: Yu Darvish (Pictured Above) & Yoenis Cespedes.

Here's the entire list of Non-Baseball Autographs:

Al Unser, Sr - Auto Racing Champion
Annie Duke - Champion Poker Player
Ara Parseghian - Notre Dame Head Coach - '66,'73 Nat'l Championships
Arnold Palmer - Golfer
Bela Karolyi - Legendary Gymnastics Coach
Bob Hurley Sr - High School Basketball Coach
Bob Knight - Legendary College Basketball Coach
Colin Montgomerie - Golfer
Curly Neal - Harlem Globetrotters
Dale Webster - Surfer (Daily for 35 Straight Years)
Don Denkinger - Baseball Umpire
Erin Andrews - ESPN Sports Analyst
Ewa Mataya - Billiards Player
Fatal1ty - Gaming Champion
Greg Gumbel - Broadcaster
Guy Bluford - First African American in Space
Hank Haney - Legendary Golf Instructor
Jackie Joyner-Kersee - Track & Field Champion
James Brown - Pro Football Analyst
Jerry Bailey - Jockey
John McEnroe - Men's Tennis Champion
Kate Upton - ROY, 2011 SI Swimsuit Issue
Keegan Bradley - Golfer, 2011 PGA Championship Winner
Kirk Herbstreit - College Football Analyst
Lefty Kreh - Fly Fishing Champion
Marty Hogan - Racquetball Champion
Meadowlark Lemon - Harlem Globetrotters
Michael Buffer - Boxing Ring Announcer
Michael Phelps - Swimming Champion
Phil Pfister - Winner, World's Strongest Man Competition
Richard Petty - Auto Racing Champion
Roger Federer - Men's Tennis Champion
Rulon Gardner - Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion
Swin Cash - Champion Women's Basketball Forward

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I have to get my hands on a Kate Upton & Erin Andrews autograph. A dual 1/1 would be awesome.
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Dodgers Get their Magic Man


The Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt Announce Agreement With Guggenheim Baseball Management

I received the news last night during work and couldn't be happier. I'm glad that Magic Johnson's group will acquire the Dodgers. The only problem is Frank McCourt still has the Chavez Ravine property. At least he won't be the owner anymore and that's something, Dodger fans like myself, have been waiting for for a long time.

I've been hearing nothing but positive things about Guggenheim and the players seem excited.

Press Release from last night:
LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2012 - The Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt today announced an agreement under which Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) will acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion upon completion of the closing process. The purchasing group includes Mark R. Walter as its controlling partner, as well as Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Peter Guber, Stan Kasten, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly. Mr. McCourt and certain affiliates of the purchasers will also be forming a joint venture, which will acquire the Chavez Ravine property for an additional $150 million. 
The Los Angeles Dodgers stated, “This transaction underscores the Debtors’ objective to maximize the value of their estate and to emerge from Chapter 11 under a successful Plan of Reorganization, under which all creditors are paid in full.” 
Frank McCourt stated, “This agreement with Guggenheim reflects both the strength and future potential of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and assures that the Dodgers will have new ownership with deep local roots, which bodes well for the Dodgers, its fans and the Los Angeles community. We are delighted that this group will continue the important work we have started in the community, fulfilling our commitment to building 50 Dream Fields and helping with the effort to cure cancer.” 
Earvin "Magic" Johnson stated, "I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los Angeles."
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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Topps Signs Cuban Star Cespedes to Autograph Deal


Topps is pleased to announce that it has signed Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to an autograph trading card deal.

Cespedes will make his first appearance on an Autographed Rookie Card in 2012 in the highly-anticipated Bowman Baseball…but with a twist.

Randomly inserted into packs are three limited “Bowman Lucky Redemptions”. Cespedes is now designated as Lucky Redemption # 1. Cespedes will have an unsigned Rookie Card in the product as well.

In addition, the Cuban phenom is slated to sign autographs in Tier One, Allen & Ginter, Bowman Platinum, Topps Finest, Topps Chrome and more.

Cespedes, a rare five-tool player, starred for the silver medal winning Cuban National Team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and was named to the All-WBC team.

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Just a couple weeks ago, Topps exclusively signed Yu Darvish. Topps is doing a great job trying to score the upper edge on big name international players.

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Topps & Panini America Offer First Glimpses of Quarterbacks in their New Uniforms


Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos a couple days ago, which then led to the Denver Broncos trading Tim Tebow to the New York Jets.

I'm not a big fan of photo-shopped cards but it's best for card companies to do in order to have these players in their new uniforms before the season starts. ESPN had an article on the new Topps trading cards.

Both Tebow and Manning will be featured in their new uniforms with Topps first 2012 release…Bowman Football. With each card being produced in limited quantity, these two already-collectible players are sure to make the all-new Bowman Football a must-have product.

Topps & Panini America also released images of their newest Tim Tebow card. 

Which cards are better? Topps Bowman or Panini Prestige?


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Upcoming Appearance - Ramon Sessions


Lakers fans, come and meet newest Laker Ramon Sessions and members of the Laker Girls this Saturday, March 24th at the America’s Tire location in Long Beach. Brought to you by Kumho Tire, the Official Tire of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Saturday, March 24th

Laker Girls from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Ramon Sessions from 3:00pm-4:00pm

America’s Tire
7251 Carson Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90808

Autographs will be open to the first 200 people.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

UFC GYM Torrance Grand Opening


UFC GYM Torrance Grand Opening!

Saturday, March 31st
10 AM - 5PM

Autographs Signings:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Chuck Liddell)
12:00 -1:30 pm (Mark Munoz)
12:00 - 1:30 pm (Joseph Benavidez)
1:30 - 3:00 pm (Dan Henderson)

UFC GYM
19800 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501
(877) 283-2496

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Upcoming Appearance - Steve Garvey


Meet Former Dodger, Steve Garvey!

March 24th, 2012
4:00 - 6:00 PM

Tustin Nissan
30 Auto Center Drive 
Tustin, CA 92782
888-468-1391

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Upcoming Appearance - Michael Cooper


Before the Lakers play on Fridays at Staples Center, celebrate the purple and gold as Mason and Ireland broadcast LIVE from the Nokia Plaza with many activities, includingpop-a-shot basketball challenges, pictures with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, autographs with Lakers greats and the Laker Girls, a cool drink from the Beer Garden courtesy of the ESPN Zone at LA Live and so much more! No ticket? No problem! Plus, hang out with the 710 ESPN Street Team and win sweet swag and other prizes! All the action starts at 4pm!

Meet Michael Cooper!
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

At Friday Night Live tomorrow Lakers legend Michael Cooper will be signing autographs. Come down to LA Live early & get 1!
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Dodger Stadium Express Shuttle Returns

Dodger Stadium Express will return for fourth season

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers and Metro will once again offer Dodger Stadium Express bus service from Union Station to Dodger Stadium this season through a grant approved by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). Service will begin on April 3 before the Dodgers’ exhibition game against the Angels and continue throughout the season.

For the third consecutive year, a grant of $300,000 was awarded to Metro by the MSRC in support of clean fuel transit service to link Union Station to Dodger Stadium. Funding under the grant will be used to offset the cost of fares on the Dodger Stadium Express bus service for passengers possessing a Dodgers ticket. Dodger game tickets will be honored as fare payment to ride the bus service and those without a ticket will pay the regular one-way fare of $1.50.

Last year, the Dodger Stadium Express bus service transported more than 116,000 fans with 68 percent of those riders using public transportation from their place of origin to get to Union Station to take advantage of the special bus service to the games.

The Dodger Stadium Express will pick up fans at the Patsaouras Bus Plaza adjacent to the east portal of Union Station and continue to Dodger Stadium via Sunset Blvd. and Cesar Chavez Avenue. Passengers will be dropped off and picked up in Dodger Stadium’s parking lot G in center field. Service will start 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the games and will end 45 minutes after the end of the game. Shuttles will run every 10 minutes before the game and run approximately every 30 minutes after the game starts.

Metro will deploy state-of-the-art 40-foot clean burning compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, as MSRC funding is awarded within the South Coast Air Basin from a portion of the vehicle registration fee set aside for mobile source projects that result in emission reductions. The Dodger Stadium Express bus service will be provided by Veolia Transportation under contract to Metro.

Patrons are encouraged to use the many transportation alternatives that serve Union Station and will connect them to the Dodger Stadium Express. For specific route and schedule information visit www.metro.net. More information about the Dodger Stadium Express can also be found at www.dodgers.com/express.

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This is a nice alternative to get to the stadium. I believe parking was raised to $20.


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2012 Baseball Expo: April 6-7


2012 Baseball Expo and Sports Memorabilia Road Show

Anaheim Marriott Hotel
7000 West Convention Way 
Anaheim, CA 92802

Friday, April 6, 2012 10am - 7pm
Saturday, April 7, 2012 10am - 7pm


Press Release:

Costa MesaCA – The McClemmy Companies (TMC) of Costa Mesa CA, on Wednesday February 1st 2012, announced The 2012 Baseball EXPO and Sports Memorabilia Road Show will be held at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel on the opening weekend of the Major League Baseball Championship season in Anaheim. Fans of all ages in Southern California can celebrate the opening of the 2012 Baseball Season and enjoy the many baseball activities planned during the two day event.

The EXPO will feature over 100 exhibit booths where baseball and sports vendors of all types will be selling and displaying merchandise and sports related goods.  Attendees will find more than 20 current and former professional baseball players signing autographs thoughout the show and professionals fromPSA, Newport Beach CA., will be on site to authenticate the signatures with their “In-the-Presence” service.  PSA will also be accepting submissions for all of their services such as trading card grading and autograph authentication.

In addition to their Babe Ruth game used bat, Memory Lane Inc., Tustin CA, will also display other Babe Ruth items as well as additional extremely rare and unique memorabilia in the “EXPO’s Museum”.  Fans can see the world’s highest graded and most valuable collection of Mickey Mantle baseball cards (featuring a 1951 Bowman rookie card in perfect #10 condition),  and a Honus Wagner card valued at more than $600,000 and much, much more.

Baseball SKILLS CLINICS will be offered by experts in the areas of hitting, fielding, base-running and pitching at scheduled times during the EXPO. 

Fans may bring sports memorabilia to the EXPO and have it valued by industry professionals. Some will be selected to participate in a live taping of an episode of the Sports Memorabilia Road Show.  Fans may also submit their items in advance for consideration in the show by going to 
www.sportsmemoribiliashow.com
and submitting a description and a photo of their item(s). 

Ticket and exhibitor information is available at 
www.2012baseballexpo.com Children under 12 will be admitted free. Individual admission tickets can be purchased for as little as $10 per day. A limited number of 2-day passes which include a player autograph are available.  Also listed on the site will be players scheduled to appear, auction items and times, hotel and EXPO floor plans, a media schedule and more. Exhibitor information and detailed sponsorship packages are also outlined on the site.

Contact Kathleen McClemmy, CMP at 949.487.0123 for more information.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mailday - Andre Ethier SPx Autograph


2008 SPx Andre Ethier Autograph

I received my newest Andre Ethier autograph. It's the sixth one in my collection. 

This was a simple trade and only had to give up a Donovan Tate autograph that I won from a contest a couple months ago. It's always nice to flip contest prizes for a PC card. When I was making the trade, I assumed that I was going to receive a duplicate Ethier autograph. The only information I had about the card was that it was a SPx autograph.


This is the 2007 SPx autograph that I already had in my collection. I was pleased to see that my newest addition was from a different year.

Andre Ethier has been killing it this Spring Training. Let's hope it continues into the regular season. After all it's his contract year. 

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Dodger Stadium Celebrates 50th Anniversary Season in 2012

 
Dodger fans can vote for their favorite Dodgers’ moment at dodgers.com/50th

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hall of Famer and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda said it best when he described Dodger Stadium as “Blue Heaven on Earth.”

Dodger Stadium, overlooking downtown Los Angeles, is as beautiful as ever 50 years after its debut.  To mark that occasion, the Dodgers during the 2012 season will celebrate the great moments and individuals that have played major roles in the success of one of the most storied franchises in sports history. 

The Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary presented by State Farm logo features a panoramic view of the stadium's famed multi-colored seating decks. Traditional Dodger Blue is complemented by the building's mid-century modern color palette, while the gold banner and lettering signify the stadium’s Golden Anniversary. The points on the sunburst each represent a Major League Baseball ballpark opened and closed for baseball use during the 50-year life span of Dodger Stadium.  The logo will appear as badges on the Dodger uniforms during the 2012 season.

The Dodgers will commemorate this milestone extensively throughout the 2012 season with interactive elements including a newly-designed website, fan vote for the greatest moments in Dodger Stadium history, Dodger Stadium’s 50th Anniversary FanFest presented by State Farm, the remarkable Dodger Stadium Greats Bobblehead Series and limited edition commemorative merchandise.

Dodger fans can vote for their favorite moments in Dodger Stadium history by visiting www.dodgers.com/50th.  Results will be revealed starting in June with the top moment announced on October 3.

Four world championships, nine National League pennants and countless excitement and thrills directed for a majority of the 50 years by two Hall of Fame skippers—Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda—and every season described by two legendary Hall of Fame announcers, Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin.

It seems like only yesterday, when Dodger Stadium was built and opened to a capacity crowd on April 10, 1962, as the Dodgers took on the Cincinnati Reds.  Since then, some 143,826,220 fans have passed through the turnstiles during the regular season and another 3,020,043 attended post-season games.  The Dodgers have surpassed the three million mark in attendance 25 times with the highest mark coming in 2007 at 3,857,036.

Dodger fans across the country and throughout the world have their cherished memories of the past 50 years.  The 50th Anniversary of Dodger Stadium presented by State Farm will recognize numerous great moments and stars throughout the 2012 season, including:

·         Kirk Gibson’s walk-off pinch-hit home run in game 1 of the 1988 World Series enroute to the Dodgers’ World Championship.
·         The Dodgers sweep of the New York Yankees in the 1963 World Series
·         Pitching greats Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.  Koufax with his perfect game against the Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965 and Drysdale setting the MLB record with a streak of 58.2 scoreless innings in 1968.
·         Maury Wills stealing a Major League record 104 bases in 1962.
·         Willie and Tommy Davis.  Tommy winning a second consecutive N.L. batting title in 1963 and Willie setting a then Dodger record in hitting in 31 consecutive games in 1969.
·         Rick Monday.  As an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs in 1976, Monday saved the American flag from burning and as an outfielder for the Dodgers, hitting a home run in the 1981 League Championship Series in Montreal to send the Dodgers to the World Series and an eventual championship over the New York Yankees.
·         Tommy Lasorda assuming the managerial reins in 1976 following the 23-year tenure of Hall of Famer Walter Alston and going on to blaze his own Hall of Fame trail.
·         Oldtimers Days remembering Dodger greats and the uniform ceremony in 1972 when the numbers of Sandy Koufax (32), Roy Campanella (39) and Jackie Robinson (42) were retired.
·         “Fernandomania” hits L.A. as rookie Fernando Valenzuela wins his first eight starts in 1981.
·         Dodger foursomes—the infield of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey are the longest foursome to play together in MLB history at more than eight years.  And the quartet of Garvey, Cey, Reggie Smith and Dusty Baker becomes the first foursome to hit 30 or more home runs in 1977.  Baker makes it a foursome on the last day of the season.
·         Orel Hershiser breaks Don Drysdale’s record for consecutive scoreless innings at 59 in 1988.

The aforementioned is just a small sampling of the great moments and individuals to be recognized for their contributions to the first 50 years of Dodger Stadium.

There were other iconic moments that involved baseball, music, basketball, boxing and The Pope.

The 1980 All-Star game was played at Dodger Stadium and the stadium played host to the Olympic Baseball tournament in 1984.

Dodger Stadium has played host to many of the greatest stars of music beginning with the legendary Beatles in 1966, The Three Tenors in 1994, Elton John in 1975, the late Michael Jackson in 1984 and many more.  In addition to musical stars, The Pope celebrated mass at Dodger Stadium in 1987.  The venue also welcomed the Harlem Globetrotters for an exhibition basketball game in 1964 and it was also the site of a championship boxing match in 1963.

Another chapter in the rich history of Dodgers great moments and the list of memories will be added in 2012.  


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Upcoming Appearance - Kurt Rambis


Meet Lakers Legend, Kurt Rambis!

Join 710ESPN Radio for a Lakers Legend Party and watch the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors.

Free Autographs
Free Food
Play Blackjack

Tuesday, March 27
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Hollywood Park Casino
3883 W Century Blvd
Inglewood, CA
(310) 330-2800 

Must be 21 years old or older to participate.

Thanks to Juan for the tip!

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CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying at Home Depot Center


This Friday kicks off the group stage of the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the Home Depot Center. The four teams that will participate in this group are MexicoHonduras, Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Tickets have been on sale since January, but it's not to late to purchase yours today. Click here to buy your tickets!

There are two games scheduled each day and your ticket is good for both games on that given day. Each team will have the chance to play one another. The top two teams will advance to the Semi-Finals to play in Kansas City on March 31.

Home Depot Center
18400 Avalon Boulevard
Carson, CA 90746
(310) 630-2000 

Here's the schedule:
March 23
Honduras vs. Panama, 6 p.m.
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico, 8:30 p.m.
March 25
Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 1:30 p.m.
Mexico vs. Honduras, 4 p.m.
March 27
Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m.
Mexico vs. Panama, 8:30 p.m.

The United States are in Group A with Canada, El Salvador, and Cuba. They will be playing in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Mailday - Cleveland Indians Bobbleheads

It's been a while since I traded cards online. I didn't have much time with my seasonal job and a new semester of school beginning. Now that I have some free time, I can get back to adding cards to my collection.

The only difference for this trade was instead of receiving cards in the mail, I received two new bobbleheads for my collection. They were stadium giveaways from the Cleveland Indians the past couple of years.
  • Mike Hargrove 2011 Cleveland Indians 'Human Rain Delay' Bobblehead
  • Kenny Lofton 2010 Cleveland Indians 'The Catch' Bobblehead
As you can see in the picture at the top, the Mike Hargrove is a lot bigger than the Kenny Lofton bobblehead. I mainly wanted the Kenny Lofton and the Hargrove was just a throw in for the trade.


Hargrove played in the 70s & 80s, which was before my time so I don't know much about him. His nickname was 'Human Rain Delay' because of how much time he took to get ready in between pitches. The bobblehead  shows him fixing his batting gloves and he apparently took forever to get ready.


One of my favorite players growing up was Kenny Lofton. He was one of the best center fielders during the 1990s along side Ken Griffey Jr. He appeared in six consecutive All-Star games and won four consecutive Gold Gloves. This bobblehead portrays 'The Catch' that happened on August 4th, 1996.
B.J. Surhoff of the Baltimore Orioles hit a fly ball deep into center field. It was headed out, but the acrobatic gloveman timed his leap perfectly, and while he was shoulder-high with the top of the fence, he reached over it and grabbed the ball as it was coming down into home run territory. - Wikipedia (Kenny Lofton)
Lofton played for my hometown Dodgers in 2006 and later returned to the Cleveland Indians a few years later. In 2010, he was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Upcoming Appearance - AC Green


Meet Former Laker, The Ironman, AC Green!
The Laker Girls will also be in attendance.

Tuesday, March 20th
5:00 - 7:00 pm

The Gardens Casino
11871 Carson St.
Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716

From ESPN Radio & thanks to Lawrence for the tip!

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Upcoming Appearance - Jeff Gordon


Meet NASCAR Driver, Jeff Gordon!

Walmart Supercenter 
12549 Foothill Blvd.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Saturday, March 24
4:00 p.m.

For more NASCAR appearances, check out the Autoclubspeedway website with more information.

Thanks to Harry from Eye On LA Sports for the tip!

Photo credit: Getty Images

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Upcoming Appearance - Matt Kenseth


Meet NASCAR Driver, Matt Kenseth!

VONS 
7390 Cherry Ave.
Fontana, CA 92336

Friday, March 23
6:30 p.m.

For more NASCAR appearances, check out the Autoclubspeedway website with more information.

Thanks to Harry from Eye On LA Sports for the tip!

Photo credit: Getty Images

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Upcoming Appearance - Tony Stewart


Meet NASCAR Driver, Tony Stewart

Office Depot
8160 Day Creek Blvd. 
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Thursday, March 22
4:00 p.m.

For more NASCAR appearances, check out the Autoclubspeedway website with more information.

Thanks to Harry from Eye On LA Sports for the tip!

Photo credit: Getty Images

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Upcoming Appearance - Jamie McMurray


Meet NASCAR Driver, Jamie McMurray

Appearance in conjunction with the NASCAR Hauler Parade (click for info)

Bass Pro Shops 
7777 Victoria Gardens Lane
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Thursday, March 22
6:00 p.m. 

For more NASCAR appearances, check out the Autoclubspeedway website with more information.

Thanks to Harry from Eye On LA Sports for the tip!

Photo credit: Vegasnews.com

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Upcoming Appearance - Bobby Labonte


Meet NASCAR Driver, Bobby Labonte!

Walmart Supercenter 
2050 West Redlands Blvd.
Redlands, CA

Thursday, March 22
5:00 p.m. 

For more NASCAR appearances, check out the Autoclubspeedway website with more information.

Thanks to Harry from Eye On LA Sports for the tip!

Photo credit: Sports Illustrated

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Upcoming Appearance - Joey Logano


Meet NASCAR Driver, Joey Logano!

He'll be at the Speedway Day LA press conference. 
Los Angeles will officially proclaim the day "Speedway Day LA"

Wednesday, March 21
3:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Union Station
800 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more NASCAR appearances, check out the Autoclubspeedway website with more information.

Thanks to Harry from Eye On LA Sports for the tip!

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Upcoming Appearance - Los Angeles Galaxy Team


Meet the 2012 Los Angeles Galaxy Team!

Friday, March 23
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Adidas Store
1231 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA

The first 175 people to purchase $75 or more of LA Galaxy gear at the Adidas Santa Monica store between March 18 - March 23 will get a wristband that guarantees access to meet the team.


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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Los Angeles Galaxy Championship Ring


The Los Angeles Galaxy received their 2011 Championship rings before today's match against D.C. United at the Home Depot Center.

Here's a look at Landon Donovan's ring that was shared on the Galaxy Facebook page.


They look amazing. The Galaxy logo is on the top of the ring with small diamonds that spell out LA Galaxy. It has their last name on one of the sides along with the MLS Cup logo. On the other side of the ring, it says LA Galaxy with the MLS logo.

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