Saturday, March 24, 2018

World Series Autograph Collection Completed!!

Not too long ago the Cubs dropped Justin Grimm from the roster.

Not too long ago I added Justin Grimm to my autograph roster.

Grimm was the last of the 2016 Cubs needed for my World Series roster collection.  This 2010 Elite Extra Edition is his only certified autograph.  The two available on Ebay were priced higher than I was comfortable with.  Then two things happened.

First, a third was listed as an auction.  This was my chance for a bargain!

No it wasn't.  Two buyers got into a bidding war and within a day the high bid was steep.

But, one of the two Buy It Now cards had a price drop. In fact, the price of the BIN was below the price of the card in the bidding war.  I grabbed the BIN ASAP.

Here are the autographs I've got of each member of  the Cubs World Series team. 

This was a fun project to complete.

I hope I get to do it again!

Friday, March 23, 2018

2018 Opening Day Inserts

It seems like there are more insert sets in Opening Day this year than in the past.  Topps has also made some very tough to find.  The Dugout Peeks set is seeded 1:1971 packs.  Ben Zobrist is in that set and just two have shown up on Ebay thus far.


Bryant and Rizzo are the Cubs in the 20 card Before Opening Day set.

Kyle Schwarber is the lone Cub Opening Day star.

Clark is one of 25 mascots.  I do like the way the Cubs use him, as just a thing for the kids.  During a game you do not see him on the field or in the stands.

This is from the Opening Day Stadium set.  So why don't you show the actual stadium..... in a set called Opening Day Stadium.

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

2018 Opening Day Cubs

Topps is back with Opening Day, also known as Flagship Light.  The 200 card set includes eleven Cubs, which is a pretty decent number.

One nice thing with Opening Day is that it can be a preview of Series Two cards.  There are four Cubs among the eleven that did not have a card in Series One, so here is what their flagship card may look like...


Will Topps keep Arrieta as a Cub in Series Two?

It doesn't happen very often any more, but sometimes the pictures in Opening Day are different that what was used in Series One...


The rest of the cards are Series One reruns...



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Blog Bat Around - My Various Collecting Projects

Night Owl has initiated another Blog Bat Around and I'm in.  The topic this time is to describe your various card collecting projects.  I've written about most of these over the years, but never in a single post.

Here we go:

Cubs Team Sets  This would be my primary project, Cubs cards.  I'm up to 130 different brands, totalling nearly 15,600 cards.  And with those 130 brands, I've got all the base Cubs cards for all of them.  That is my Cub collecting MO - identify a brand and then get all the cards.  At this point, I've got all the big boys, so my focus has been on getting the smaller brands filled in.

Topps Complete Sets  I have a 50 year run of complete sets, from 1969 to 2018.  I started with 1969 because that was the first year I collected cards.

Wax Pack Collection  This coincides with my run of complete sets.

Player Collection  I have a player collection for five players - Darwin Barney, Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, and Billy Williams.  The ones that get the most of my attention are the Barney and Williams collections.

Relics and Autographs  My rule -- if a player has a relic card issued in a year he played for the Cubs and it shows him as a Cub, I have a relic.  Same rule for autographs.  As far as I'm aware, I've got all the players covered that meet the rule.

Allen and Ginter Complete Sets  This set really caught my fancy when I returned to collecting in 2008.  The first Ginter set came out just two years earlier, so I was simple to go back and get the missing sets and then add a new one each year.

First Year Complete Sets  This compliments my Cubs team sets.  I have first year complete sets of 58 of the 130 brands in my Cubs collection.  I was much more into this seven or eight years ago, but have really cooled off. 

I have a few other baseball, but not cards, collections and they are all Cubs-related:
Roster Books / Media Guides - from 1957 to 2017 (with 2018 to come in a few weeks)
Scorecards - from 1948 - 2017 (I'll pick up 2018 once the season begins)
Schedules - from 1961 - 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Heritage 2018 and Topps 1969 Side By Side

Each year I like to take a look at the Heritage cards along side their original counterparts.

The 1969 design should be simple to duplicate.  All you need is the team name, a colored circle for the name and position, and a picture.


I've gone over all of this before....the team font is close, though the black outline on the originals is thicker.  The names inside the circle are close, but not the right size.  The position designations are off.  

Let's worry more about how the two teams compare...









As beloved as the '69 team is, I think to only player on that team I'd take over the '18 group is BIlly Williams.  Ernie was at the end of his career and in decline, Santo and Bryant are close, as are Heyward (better glove) and Hickman (better bat).





The '69 rotation was just three deep and then a prayer (Selma, Nye?).  The '18 staff has these three plus Darvish and Tyler Chatwood.

The '69 Cubs won 92 games and were a huge disappointment.  The 2018 Cubs should be able to win at least that many and have the ability to bring the same joy as the '16 team.

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Complete Cubs Clubhouse Collection

As I said Saturday, I try to get all of the Cubs single player Clubhouse Collection cards from Heritage.  With the six from 2018, the complete Cubs Clubhouse Collection consists of 52 cards.

Of the 52, 22 come from just the last three seasons.  Good teams and the addition of the high set would be the main reason for the increased numbers.  Here's how the number of cards has varied over the years.

0 cards - 2001, 2007, 2011, 2014
1 card - 2005, 2006
2 cards - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2015
4 cards - 2008, 2010, 2012
5 cards - 2009
6 cards - 2016, 2018
10 cards - 2017

I've made two tiles to show the collection.  The horizontal tile has cards from 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2018.   The vertical years were 2008, 2009, and 2017.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,525 Cubs cards from 130 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1954 Bowman #61 Eddie Miksis  Eddie is not a very happy looking man.  Was it because of his .202 average in 1954?  The Cubs 90 losses that season?

1980s: 1982 Fleer #587 Tim Blackwell  This would be a great pose for a Panini card, with nearly no logos visible.

1990s: 1995 Flair #111 Jim Bullinger  This card shows the only thing I remember about Bullinger - the funky way he wore his stirrups.

2000s: 2002 Topps Chrome #31 Kevin Tapani  This card comes from the era when the Chome set included all of the cards the base set.  Today a guy who was 9-14 the year prior to the card being issued does not get a Chrome card.

2010s: 2012 Sega Card Gen #234 Carlos Marmol By the time this card came out in 2012, Marmol has lost his command and his job as the Cubs closer.