Saturday, September 19, 2020

New Blogger is Getting Better

 It's been around a month since I migrated to the new Blogger.  Some of the features that I complained about have been fixed.

This card is shown as inserted from my computer.  Early on, Blogger was inserting them at their actual size, which was way too big. Every inserted picture requires three clicks to make them smaller.  Good to have that fixed.

This card was dragged directly from a folder on my desktop into Blogger.  This was a feature that I really missed, especially for my Sunday Five Random Cubs Cards posts.  Really good to have this back.

What I don't understand is why Google would roll out the new Blogger without all the old features, and then over time put them back.  I'm glad their back, but why did they have to disappear in the first place?

Friday, September 18, 2020

2020 Archives Billy Williams Silver

 I've added another color to my 2020 Archives Billy Williams rainbow.

This is the silver version, which is /99.  I now have the base, blue, purple, foil, and silver.  The red is on the way and then I'm finished.

Thursday, September 17, 2020



After a year of seemingly every set including a card for Robel Garcia, Topps has finally given him the boot.

The checklist for Allen and Ginter came out last week.  Garcia is gone!

Fourteen Cubs and no Robel!  Oddly, of the fourteen, six are retired.  That's what it was like during the dark days of the rebuild.  The active players weren't good enough to deserve cards so we saw more retired Cubs.  I hope we aren't going back to those times.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Banks Boo Boo in Stadium Club

 I mentioned yesterday that the photo used for Ernie Banks' 2020 Stadium Club card is colorized.  It's a pretty decent job, but the colorist made a boo boo.  My Cub-trained eyes spotted it immediately.

This close-up shows the error.  See the blue line under "Chicago?"

The line on the uniform was never blue.  It was red.

Topps' lack of attention to detail is frustrating.  If you are going through the trouble of colorizing a picture, why not made sure you get all the colors of the uniform correct?

I did.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

2020 Stadium Club Cubs

 Originally scheduled to be released in June, Stadium Club was pushed back into September due to the pandemic.  It's out now and I've got all of the Cubs cards.

Night Owl likes to give a name to Topps sets, based on their design.  As soon as I saw a card I had a name for 2020 Stadium Club.

It's the NPR set.

There are 13 Cubs cards in the 300-card set.

Let's get this one out of the way right now.

Three of the 13 are retired.  The picture on the Banks card is one I've not seen on a card before.  It is a colorized version of an original black and white photo.  I'll have more on it tomorrow.


Stadium Club is noted for the photography.  I'm impressed with what they used with the exception of the Schwarber card.  You should be able to see the player's face.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Borrowed Bam

 The cartons n the backs of the 2020 Archives cards with the 1974 design are not original.  They were all taken from the 1974 set. Topps just added different words.

Here's the back of Billy Williams' card and a close look at the cartoon.  I got out my 1974 binder and started paging through, checking out the backs.  After looking over the first 500 cards and not finding the Bam, I started having some doubts....was the Bam cartoon custom made in 2020 for Billy?

But I still had another couple hundred cards to look over.

And there it is, on card 646, George Foster.

Billy is one of a few players in the Archives set that had a card in the 1974 set.  Here's the back of his card:

They should have used the '74 cartoon in the Archives set.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Five Random Cubs Cards

 I've got 18,418 Cubs cards from 256 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1916 Sporting News #16 Roger Bresnahan
 The Hall of Famer spent the last three years of his career with the Cubs.

1980s: 1985 Leaf #180 Jody Davis  Another catcher!  Jody was at the peak of his game when this card came out.

1990s: 1997 Topps Awesome Impact #11 Brooks Kieschnick  He wasn't awesome and had no real impact with the Cubs.

2000s: 2004 Donruss #239 Hee Seop Choi  So far today we've had two catchers followed by two busted prospects.

2010s: 2015 Topps #108 Jorge Soler  Soler's 48 homers last year was almost double his total in three seasons with the Cubs.