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Los Angeles Dodgers Collecting and Fan Guide

Los Angeles Dodgers

Franchise Founded: 1883
Championships: 6
Team Collectibility Rating: 8.0


Overview

The Los Angeles Dodger may be a West Coast team today, but their roots will always be in New York. Originally founded in 1883, the team played in Washington Park in Brooklyn as the Brooklyn Atlantics. The team made their move to the legendary Ebbets field in 1913 and officially became the Dodgers in 1932. The team headed west in 1958 as baseball's expansion era began.

The team has had tremendous success, winning six World Series titles and 21 National League pennants. At the core of this winning tradition is the ability to identify, recruit and train top talent. The club has produced 12 Rookie of the Year players and was the first team to develop ties with players from Asia. It's no secret that pitching wins championships and the Dodger have had 11 seasons with a pitcher on their roster winning the Cy Young Award.

In 1947, then owner, Branch Rickey, forever changed baseball when he broke baseball's long exclusive color line by signing African-American player, Jackie Robinson, to a Major League Baseball contract. The move came just as issues of segregation and civil rights would begin to play a major role in American history. Robinson eventually earned the respect of teammates and fans for the ballplayer he was and not the color of his skin.

The team has had a long running postseason rivalry with the New York Yankees dating back to the club's days in Brooklyn. Fall Classics played between the two teams have created some of baseball's most epic memories. Most notably of these is Reggie Jackson's three home runs on three pitches in one game of the 1977 series, earning the Yankee's slugger the nickname, "Mr. October."

The organization has developed several high-profile pitchers that have garnered global media attention. From south of the border power-pitcher, Fernando Valenzuala, to Japanese-born Hideo Nomo, the Dodgers have been masters of mining global talent. That attention to pitching dates back to the late-1950s, when Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale ruled the National League.

In a highly publicized sale, the team was acquired by an ownership group led by Hall of Fame basketball player, Magic Johnson, for a record $2 billion in 2012. As the team looks to re-establish their winning tradition, the organization is once again hoping that pitching will be the answer. The Dodgers have recently employed a mix of veterans and rookies in the bullpen including Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsly, Josh Beckett, Zach Greinke and Brian Wilson. The cub has complimented its pitching staff with a core group of highly skilled offensive weapons in Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig.

Collectors have plenty of options when it comes to merchandise and collectibles for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Using the tabs above, check out the top Dodgers' players to collect, top merchandise and jersey options, autograph guide, game tickets and the most watched Los Angeles Dodgers cards and memorabilia on eBay.

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Another option for collectors looking to get autographs is TTM or "Through the Mail."
A complete guide to the process can be seen here: How to Get (Almost) Free Autographs Through the Mail.

Although the results are never guaranteed, Dodgers' fans looking to take advantage of this can try their luck with current players and coaches using the following address:

"Insert Specific Player/Coach/Executive"
c/o Los Angeles Dodgers
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Fan Gear

Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys & Gear Guide

Looking for something to support your team? There are tons of options for Los Angeles Dodgers' fans across all budgets. Normal retail price ranges are noted when available. View a complete breakdown of the jersey options using our detailed MLB jersey guide.

Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey Guide

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Los Angeles T-Shirts & Hats

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Cards

Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Card Guide

While many teams have several top players in their history, the Los Angeles Dodgers present a remarkable amount of card options for collectors. Their past is dotted with Hall of Fame talent, including some of the biggest names in baseball history. View cards for the top former and current members of the Los Angeles Dodgers below.

Top Former Players & Coaches

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Other All-Time Great Los Angeles Dodgers

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Dusty BakerManny Mota, Hideo Nomo, Eric Gagne, Jim Gilliam, Adrian Beltre, Davy Lopes, Jerry Reuss, Kirk Gibson, Johnny Podres, Raul Mondesi, Eric Karros, Shawn Green, Carl Furillo, Mike Scioscia, Pedro Guerrero, Ron Cey, Don Sutton, Don Newcombe, Tommy Lasorda, Walter AlstonBranch Rickey.

Top Current Players & Prospects

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Autographs

Los Angeles Dodgers Autograph Guide

When shopping for autographed items, it is highly recommended to only purchased signed pieces that have been authenticated by a reputable company. Top options include PSA, JSA, Mounted Memories, UDA, Panini Authentic and Tristar.

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Signed Los Angeles Dodgers Photographs

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Signed Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys

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Signed Los Angeles Dodgers Balls

Dodgers team signed ball

Signed Los Angeles Dodgers Bats

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Tickets

Los Angeles Dodgers Game Tickets

If you are looking for tickets to see the Los Angeles Dodgers play, it might be an overwhelming experience. Luckily for fans, MLB teams play a ton of games, all over the country. After selecting a specific game, the first thing to decide is how much you want to spend and where you want to sit in the stadium.

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From there, it can get messy given all the choices for purchasing tickets. With that in mind, we have complied the best options for buying tickets. Simply follow the links below to each ticket source for available Los Angeles Dodgers tickets. Be aware that the MLB regular season basically runs from April to the end of September. The playoffs continue until late October.

Hot List

Los Angeles Dodgers Hot List

Check out the most watched Los Angeles Dodgers cards, gear and memorabilia on eBay. The guide is constantly updated with real-time information, so bookmark this page for future reference.

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More Info

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. I’ve recently gained a black/red/white 59FIFTY NEW ERA 7 1/8 56.8cm fitted baseball cap that has been autographed by three players.
    On the bottom of the bill of the cap it looks to say “Clirn” and on the top of the bill of the cap it looks to say “Kml k.k.” on the left hand side and then the autograph on the right hand side I am unable to clearly read.
    I was just wondering how much it might be worth, if anything. And if so where would I go to sell this item?
    Sorry, I’m not a fan of sports at all so knowing exactly what I’m looking for to answer those questions are becoming very difficult for me to figure out

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