Monday, September 16, 2019

Pepsi, Please

Growing up it seemed like there were just two colas that mattered, and families were one or the other.  Coke or Pepsi.

I grew up in a Pepsi house and I've stayed with the brand into adulthood.  As I grew and grew and grew too much, I switched from Pepsi to Diet Pepsi.   I love my Diet Pepsi.

My favorite pop (I'm a Chicago guy, we call it pop!) has occasionally connected with my favorite sport.

This came from an Ohio promotion in 1977.  These were inserted into 8-bottle cartons.  The checklist has 72 players and is heavy with Reds and Indians.  Manny Trillo was the only Cub on the list.

Ohio Pepsi had another set the next year.  The 1978 version was straight cards as they ditched the oversized mitt.  The checklist was reduced to 40 players and Dave Kingman was the lone Cub.  You see that both years had just a players license, so the logo were removed.

The next Pepsi set to include Cubs players came out in 1991.  This time it was Florida bottlers that issued the cards.  The checklist was limited to just 17 players, and two of them were Cubs.  Pepsi made wise choices with both, who ended up in the Hall of Fame.

The lack of logos isn't too bad on the Dawson card.  The Sandberg, however, has some funkiness going on with his jersey.  I'm not sure why those large red bands were added to both the sleeves and the neck.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 17,240 Cubs cards from 200 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1975 Hall of Fame Postcard Ralph Kiner This is from the postcards that I picked up on vacation in late June.  

1980s: 1987 Topps #732 Manny Trillo Autograph This card is a part of my non-rule following autograph collection.  It's not certified, but I can't image that there are too many Manny Trillo forgers out there.

1990s: 1997 Pinnacle #60 Jamie Navarro After two decent years with the Cubs, Navarro became a free agent after the 1996 season.  The Cubs didn't bother to resign him.  Instead, he went south to the White Sox for 1997.  His record also went south, as he was 9-14 with a 5.79 ERA.

2000s: 2009 Topps LPR #23 Ernie Banks All Star Patch I was all-in with these gimmicky patch cards ten years ago.  I've cooled to them now and haven't bought one in at least five years.

2010s: 2013 Team Issued Giveaway #82 Steve Trachsel  This is the last card in the set.  The Cubs included Trachsel because he was the winning pitcher for the Cubs in the 1998 wild card tie breaker game against the Giants.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

1968 Kahn's Weiners Billy Williams

I nabbed a card I've been hunting for a long time!

Kahn's Weiners issued sets in both 1968 and 1969 and Billy Williams was included in each.  The 1969 card was not a tough find and I've had it for years.

It hasn't been as easy to get the 1968 version.  Right now there is just one listed on Ebay.  It's the full panel card and its listed at $300.  No thanks.

Last week, though, another one was listed.  It was a cut version of the card, not the full panel.  No problem there, since just the trimmed card is what most collectors have.  The price was not inexpensive, but also not out of line.  I've been getting some overtime pay recently and decided to splurge. 

A little cropping of the picture would have been nice.

The 1969 card is much tighter.

I not only splurged with the card, but I went with a graded version.

The hobby has been shaken over that past few months with a scandal involving trimmed cards getting graded.  At least with this one trimming isn't an issue.  The card has to be trimmed.

My Billy PSA collection now has 116 of the 143 listed items that show him with the Cubs.

Friday, September 13, 2019

2008 Ginter Mini Cubs

The Cubs had some serious shrinkage in Ginter 2008, going from ten cards down to just seven.  And that was after they won the division in 2007. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

2007 Ginter Mini Cubs

The 2007 Ginter set featured ten Cubs, which works out perfectly since the tobacco card sheets have five pockets per row.

The cards are all vertical, the pictures all show the home uniform... nice!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

2006 GInter Mini Cubs

I've finally got all of the Ginter mini cards.  It took longer than I had hoped because I tried to save a little money.

I got all the cards from Sportlots and I used the Sportlots box for shipping.  With the box, you pay a reduced shipping charge and the cards are sent to Sportlots instead of your home.  This is a way of saving when you get cards from multiple sellers.

The cards are all sent to Sportlots.  Once they've all arrived you pay Sportlots to have the cards sent to your home.  It saved me about $10 in shipping.

The problem was that one seller was late sending my cards to Sportlots.  After two weeks I opened an issue to find out what was going on.  His response was that he was holding my cards, waiting for more orders so he could send in a bigger shipment to Sportlots, saving him on postage.  He didn't seem to show much regard for me, the customer.

Once I opened the issue he sent the cards.  I wasn't happy with the delay.  But once they arrived at Sportlots I had the entire box promptly sent to my house.

Nine Cubs were on the 2006 Ginter checklist, the initial release.  This is a great looking start!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

I Never Noticed!

This was one of the five random Cubs card on Sunday.


I commented on the nice catch Ryno was making in Mesa.  It totally missed the obvious though.  I never noticed.

Reader ashonk51 did notice and said, "I am surprised you didn't go off on the misspelling of Ryno's last name on his card."

I've had these cards for years but never noticed the mistake.  There are some errors that our minds auto-correct.  This is one of them, I believe.  In my mind, when I see "Ryne San....." I automatically see "Ryne Sandberg."

To make this even worse, though. I went back and looked at all nine of the 1989 Sandberg Star Nova cards.

They all have the same mistake!  How could I have missed that... a mistake x 9. 

Those nine errors are more than Ryno made in most seasons!