Sunday, February 16, 2020

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 17,696 Cubs cards from 213 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: Topps 1954 #94 Ernie Banks   Wow!  The RNG starts us off with one of the icons of Cubs cards, Ernie Banks' rookie card. This was one one the last Topps cards I bought to complete my Cubs run.  The top right corner is dinged, but I don't care!

1980s: 1985 Leaf #243 Steve Trout  This is from one of the years of confusion, when Leaf cards also had the Donruss logo.

1990s: 1993 Stadium Club #494 Steve Buechele  Buechele had a solid season in his first full year at third for the Cubs.  He led NL 3rd basement with a .975 fielding percentage and made just one throwing error.

2000s: 2003 Topps Total #466 Dave Veres  The 2003 season was the final MLB season for Veres. He went 2-1 with a 4.68 ERA working out of the bullpen.

2010s: 2014 Tribute #63 Andre Dawson  This one is in the Dawson player collection since I don't chase the teams sets from Tribute.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

2004 Team Heroes Cubs

The 2004 set of Team Heroes was over 100 cards smaller than the previous edition.  For the Cubs, the shrinkage is obvious when looking at the retired players.  They went from seven down to just two.  And neither of the two are Hall of Famers.


We get Mark Grace and Gary Matthews.

That leaves the rest of the cards for active players, and there are 21 of them.











Derrek Lee and Greg Maddux are shown as Cubs because their cards are part of a 25-card traded set that was short-printed.  Michael Barrett and Todd Walker didn't get the same treatment and they are shown in the uniform of their former team.

Friday, February 14, 2020

2003 Team Heroes Cubs

I'm not sure how I stumbled onto this set, Donruss' Team Heroes.  It wasn't because of a card from reader Chad.  I think I was just going through a year by year master listing while lookup up another set and found it.

I went though the checklists and liked what I saw.  The sets had both current and retired players, the sets weren't too big, and the cards were plentiful and cheap.  So I grabbed the Cubs cards from the three-year run.

Below are the cards from the debut Team Heroes, which came out in 2003.  There are 548 cards in the set and 26 of them are Cubs.  I'll start with the "retired" guys.  Look the cards over carefully and see if you can figure out the reason for the asterisk.




Donruss made excellent choices.  All of these are Hall of Famers, though not all were in the Hall in 2003.  And the reason for the asterisk?

Greg Maddux.  He wasn't retired in 2003.  He was with the Braves.  But Donruss decided to either cause Cubs fans great pain or they were able to see into the future.  In 2004 Maddux rejoined the Cubs.  Maddux also has a card in the set showing him with the Braves.  I wonder how many other players had multiple cards?

Up next are the current players,.









A lot of those guys didn't stick around for the entire 2003 season as the team was rebuilt on the fly into the division champs.  Only eight of the nineteen were on the NLCS roster.