Thursday, November 23, 2017

Turkey Red for Turkey Day

The original Turkey Red set came out in 1911.  Topps released their own versions in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014.  There are 56 Cubs cards in those eight sets.  Take a look at them and then go back to your own turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2000 Gold Label Cubs

The 2000 edition of Gold Label repeated the previous formula....100 players, three different classes of cards for each player.  The difference in 2000 is that none of the classes were less common than the others.  They were all made in equal numbers.  Despite that, I just picked up class one.

Five Cubs made the checklist.



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Zobrist Autograph*

I've been a bit surprised that there hasn't been a Ben Zobrist autograph card that meets my rules.  I can find plenty from his days in Tampa, but anything signed from his Cub days has been far and few between.  I think the only one I saw was with Topps Now, a really expensive and limited card.

I was excited when I saw his name on the checklist for Triple Threads.  When I saw the card on Ebay, I was a little less excited.

It is the dreaded redemption card.  I went back and forth about getting one, but eventually I bit the bullet and made an offer on a BIN card on Ebay.  The seller took my offer and I've got a redemption.

I've already redeemed the card at Topps and now I just have to wait for Ben to sign and Topps to ship.  I hope he takes care of this over the winter and the card comes before the start of the season.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Always Learning

Years ago I completed the Donruss Champions Cubs sets.  it was pretty easy as there were just two years to chase, 2003 and 2005.

I put this one to bed a while ago.... I thought.

I'm always learning. For the second time in just the past couple of weeks I was made aware of a set that I didn't know existed.

This time it was Donruss Champions from 1984.  The 60 card set featured current players, Champions, and Hall of Famers, Grand Champions.  The cards were also oversized, measuring 3½" x 5".  Two Cubs made the checklist


Oddly, neither of these champions were with the Cubs by the end of the 1984 season.  Fergie was released during spring training and Buckner was traded mid-season to the Red Sox.

But now I can at least say the my Champions collection is complete.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,209 Cubs cards from 127 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1963 Exhibits Billy Williams Such a young looking Billy Williams!   This card is using the Cubs press shot of Billy from 1962.

1980s: 1983 Fleer Stickers #131 Leon Durham Fleer has the bull flexing his muscles while taking BP.

1990s: 1997 Collectors Choice #286 Brooks Kieschnick  I'm assuming that Kieschnick just hit an infield pop-up.  He hit just .200 in 1997.

2000s: 2003 Gallery #100 Sammy Sosa  I just read this week that Topps is bringing back the Gallery brand, which was last released in 2005.  In fact, the last time that Gallery came out Sammy Sosa was still a black man.

I'm not sure what is going on with him now.

2010s: 2013 Bowman #67 Alfonso Soriano Hometown  This came out before the Cubs sent Soriano to the Yankees.  In return the Cubs got Corey Black, who is currently out of organized ball.  His minor league record?  11-28.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2015 and 2016 Chrome Update Cubs

Once I realized that there were Chrome updates from the past few years, I had to go back and get the Cubs.  Luckily we weren't talking about fistfulls of cards.  In fact, it was just seven cards and they were all available for reasonable prices on Sportlots

These four are from 2015.  Just like Ian Happ this year, in 2015 Chrome Update included two cards for Addison Russell.

The 2016 version of Chrome Update included just three Cubs.

One thing you may have noticed from both years is the extra sparkle look on the cards.  It seems odd to me to change the look of Chrome cards for Update, but whatever.  Cardboard Connection refers to the look as a Bubble/Pulsar Refractor finish.