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Jewish World Series MVPs

Jewish Major Leaguer Craig Breslow will become the 24 Jewish player to appear in the World Series, should he pitch for the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 Fall Classic.
Craig Breslow. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
The Boston Red Sox take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, which starts tonight, Wednesday, October 23. 

Should he have the opportunity to come on in relief, Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow will become the 24 Jewish Major Leaguer to play in the World Series, as documented in these postings from Kaplan's Korner and Jewish Baseball News.

Koufax Upper Deck Print

Sandy Koufax Upper Deck artwork. Photo courtesy of Beckett.com.

 

During the history of the World Series Most Valuable Player Award (which started in 1955), two Jewish baseball players and a player who converted to Judaism after his career won a total of four MVP trophies.

Interestingly, all three played for the Los Angeles Dodgers when they captured the honors.

 

 

Larry Sherry 1960 Topps

Larry Sherry Topps card. Photo courtesy of eBay.com.

JewishSportsCollectibles.com offers reviews of the players' baseball cards and collectibles ... which range from common cards to $100,000+ game-used leather, from books to DVDs, from postcards and programs to books by the yard. 

Steve Yeager 2004 UD Legends 2 Autograph
Steve Yeager Upper Deck card. Photo courtesy of Beckett.com.

To read the JSC's overviews of the cards and memorabilia for World Series MVP winners Larry Sherry (1959), Sandy Koufax (1963 and 1965) and Steve Yeager (1981) click on the players' names.

Feel free to comment below, or in the individual postings, to let JewishSportsCollectibles.com readers know what your most treasured collectible for these World Series winners might be.

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Editor's Note: A version of this posting originally ran under the headline "Jewish World Series MVP Profiles" in 2011.

Jewish World Series Heroes

Koufax Upper Deck Print
Sandy Koufax Upper Deck artwork. Photo courtesy of Beckett.com.

The Boston Red Sox take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, which starts tonight, Wednesday, October 23.

During the history of the World Series Most Valuable Player Award (which started in 1955), two Jewish baseball players and a player who converted to Judaism after his career won a total of four MVP trophies.

Interestingly, all three played for the Los Angeles Dodgers when they captured the honors.


Larry Sherry 1960 Topps
Larry Sherry Topps card.
Photo courtesy of eBay.com.

JewishSportsCollectibles.com offers reviews of the players' baseball cards and collectibles ... which range from common cards to $100,000+ game-used leather, from books to DVDs, from postcards and programs to books by the yard.

 


Steve Yeager 2004 UD Legends 2 Autograph
Steve Yeager Upper Deck card. Photo courtesy of Beckett.com

 

Click on the links that follow to read the JSC overviews of the cards and memorabilia for World Series MVP winners Larry Sherry (1959), Sandy Koufax (1963 and 1965) and Steve Yeager (1981).

Feel free to comment below, or in the individual postings, to let JewishSportsCollectibles.com readers know what your most treasured collectible for these World Series winners might be.

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Editor's Note: A version of this posting originally ran under the headline "Jewish World Series MVP Profiles" in 2011.

Team Israel Roster Released

Jewish baseball collectors rejoice!

Israel Sports Radio has published the Team Israel roster for the qualifying rounds of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

WBC rules allow non-Israeli citizens of Jewish heritage to compete on behalf of Israel in the tournament. As such, the team is composed mostly of Jewish American minor leagues baseball players. Most of these players have baseball cards available for purchase.

It's been my experience that many of these players are terrific about signing autographs for collectors, both in person and through the mail.

Brett Lorin
Brett Lorin signed card and note.
Photo courtesy of Joshua Platt.
David Colvin
David Colvin. Photo courtesy of Joshua Platt.
Among the members of the pitching staff are Richard BleierDavid Colvin and Brett Lorin, all of whom recently responded to a late season minor league mailing I did.
Lorin included a note with his autographed card, and Colvin was kind enough to send me his Clinton LumberKings card, at his own expense. Read more about these minor league mensches in this posting.
 
Pitcher Eric Berger is a generous in-person signer. I corresponded with Berger via Twitter before I met him after a Columbus Clippers game early in May. He autographed seven or eight cards for me.
During a nearly 30-minute pre-game interview he granted for me in June, Berger told me "to represent Israel would be really cool." I'm thrilled for Eric to have this chance!

Also on the pitching staff are three native Israelis. Dan Rothem pitched in the short-lived Israel Baseball League in 2007. He's got a card in the Jewish Major Leaguers limited edition IBL card set. Get information on the cards, and other IBL memorabilia in this JewishSportsCollectibles.com posting.

Former Jewish Major Leaguers on the Team Israel roster include manager Brad AusmusShawn Green (DH) and Gabe Kapler (OF) will serve as player-coaches, while Andrew Lorraine handles the pitching coach duties. Josh Satin, a Mets minor leaguer who played in the Majors as a 2011 September call up is slated to play second base. All have signed autographs for me in response to previous through-the-mail requests I've done over the last four years.

Brad Ausmus  Gabe Kapler   Josh Satin Sand Gnats  Andrew Lorraine

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Israel Tshirt
Team Israel t-shirt. Photo courtesy of PrintoMojo.com.
Regardless of the fact that Team Israel's WBC tournament run could be limited to just two games, there will -- no doubt -- be an array of collectibles available for Jewish baseball collectors, as described in this JewishSportsCollectibles.com posting about Team Israel collectibles.
Team Israel Hat
Official Team Israel World Baseball Classic hat. Photo courtesy of MLB.com.

Collectors can already purchase well-designed team logo t-shirts from PrintMojo.com, and the MLB.com Shop is selling slick Team Israel fitted baseball caps, as detailed in this previous posting.
 
Other memorabilia on the market now includes game tickets. Roger Dean Stadium will host the WBC qualifiers in which Israel plays. Tickets are not commemorative; they are, rather, standard tickets, featuring team names, dates of games and along with seating information. Tickets are available at the stadium and from TicketMaster.com for $8-14 (plus fees and shipping costs). I cannot, unfortunately, attend the series, but did buy a ticket as a keepsake for my collection.

Martin Abramowitz, publisher of the Jewish Major Leaguer card series, indicated in a post in early August on Team Israel's Facebook page that he planned to include an Israel WBC card in a planned 2015 release of JML cards. Can't wait to see the set!

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Stay tuned to JewishSportsCollectibles.com over the next weeks. I'll be publishing a posting a series of Team Israel player collectible profiles on the site.

In the meantime, please comment below to let readers know what player cards and memorabilia you have in your Jewish baseball collection, to share photos of the games, or just express your excitement as Team Israel prepares to take the diamond on the world stage.

ESPN Sportscaster Chris Berman


Chris Berman Pro Set
Chris Berman Pro Set
signed card. Photo
courtesy of Joshua Platt.
When collecting autographs through the mail, I have learned that good things can, sometimes, come to those who wait.

I sent a card to Kevin Youkilis during 2009 Spring Training, and received the signed card back in May of 2010, for example. Last week brought another example that there's truth to the maxim that "patience is a virtue."

Chris Berman The Swami1993 Upper Deck Chris Berman "The Swami" card. Photo courtesy of Joshua Platt.

Neil Keller's web site lists ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman's father as Jewish, and I'm a "big tent" collector, thus my desire to include Berman in my Jewish broadcasters collection.

Some time ago -- its been at least a year or two, long enough ago that I've forgotten when -- I mailed two cards to Berman care of ESPN.

An envelope with a Connecticut postmark arrived in the mail last week. I figured it was another minor league success, and didn't think much of it. Until I opened the mail and found two autographed and inscribed cards from the famed broadcaster of football, baseball and golf.

One was signed: "Josh - You could go all the way!! Chris Berman," and the other was signed "Josh - Best wishes! The Swami."

Berman's longevity with ESPN -- and both his popularity among fans because of the goofy nicknames he offers players and esoteric calls he makes on highlights ("He's rumblin' bumblin', stumblin'!") and the vitrol this bombastic, overdone shtick can elicit among viewers -- means he's the subject of a variety of memorabilia.

ESPN Ink Chris Berman
Chris Berman Upper
Deck ESPN Ink card.
Photo courtesy of eBay.

Berman is featured on more than a dozen sports cards, according to Beckett.com.

These include a 1989 Pro Set card football announcers insert card, a 1992 Pro Line Portraits card, a 1993 Upper Deck card of "The Swami," an ESPN The Magazine issue, a 1997 Upper Deck promotional card, a 2004 Absolute Fans of The Game insert, and a 2005/2006 Upper Deck ESPN Ink autographed card.


Chris Berman Bobblehead
Chris Berman
Bobblehead.
Photo courtesy
of eBay.

The cards sell for between $0.25 and $3 in the Beckett Marketplace, and can be found on eBay and Amazon.com for similar prices, with autographed cards and rarer issues bringing as much as $75-$100.

Photos, baseballs and footballs, mini football helmets, hats and ESPN promotional materials signed by Berman are also available on eBay for a wide variety of prices. There's also a bobblehead of the famed sportscaster holding a football up for bid on the auction giant.

Collectors can, likewise, find Berman's autographed memorabilia -- including signed photos, footballs, baseballs and cards on Amazon.com.

Chris Names
ChrisNames,
by Chris Berman.
Photo courtesy
of Amazon.com.

Berman is also the author and subject of numerous books available on Amazon.

These include Berman's ChrisNames: An Illustrated Guide to Chris Berman's Unique Characterizations of Sports PersonalitiesESPN SportsCentury, and ESPN 25: 25 Mind-Bending, Eye-Popping, Culture Morphing Years of Highlights.

Do you have any Berman memorabilia in your collection? What's your favorite piece? Let JewishSportsCollectibles.com readers know your thoughts by commenting below.

Better still, what's your "Bermanism"? For the record, mine's "Jake 'Daylight Come And You Gotta Go' Delhomme."


Team Israel Baseball Cap Now Available


Team Israel Hat
Official Team Israel World Baseball Classic hat.
Photo courtesy of MLB.com.
Jewish baseball collectors have a bevy of collectibles associated with Israel's entry into the World Baseball Classic -- including player cards, team t-shirts, books and tickets, as detailed in this earlier posting from JewishSportsCollectibles.com.

Now, just days away from the start of thew qualifying rounds, comes a new addition to the catalogue.

According to a posting on Team Israel's Facebook page, an official Team Israel fitted baseball cap is now available for purchase on the MLB.com Shop.

The New Era hats, which sell for $34.99 (plus shipping and handling) are available in a variety of sizes. The solid blue caps include an Israeli team logo -- an "I" inside a stylized Star of David -- on the front and an Israeli flag on the left side.

Interestingly, the direct link to the Israel Baseball cap is the only way to get to the hat. The main WBC page on MLB.com features only merchandise for automatic entry teams, not the teams, like Israel, that must play qualifying matches.

Will you be buying a Team Israel WBC cap for your Jewish baseball collection? Let JSC know by commenting below.