Thursday, March 23, 2017

Heritage 2017 and Topps 1968 Side By Side

Each year I like to compare Heritage with it's inspiration.

The most obvious feature of the 1968 Topps cards is the burlap borders.  Series one has the wider version and the rest of the set got slimmed down.  A second hallmark is the use of team-specific colors.  Both Chicago teams were given an orange circle.  Topps was going to have to faithfully recreate both of these features in Heritage.

So how well was Topps able to pull this off?



I'd say they pretty much nailed it.  About the only thing that seems a bit off is that the font for the last name on the Heritage cards seems a tab bit thicker. So kudos to Topps for that.

Below are the players from both teams.  There are similarities as both were relatively young teams.  The Cubs were coming off of a major improvement in 1967, vaulting to third place from last place.  Obviously I don't need to say much about what the 2016 Cubs did.  The 1968 Cubs regressed a little, losing three more games compared to the year before.  if the 2017 Cubs lose three additional games, they will still have 100 wins and I will be a happy boy!

The Position Players:






I wonder if some day Bryant, Russell, Baez, and Rizzo will roll off my tongue as easily as Santo, Kessinger, Beckert, and Banks?

The Outfield





The Pitchers





The '68 Cubs weren't bad and they have four guys in Cooperstown. But the '17 team players top them at just about every position.  I think the Cubs are set for a decent run!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

For Topps, 1 = 2

It's time for my annual plea to Topps to hire me to proofread your Cubs cards.  Because once again, they blundered.  Apparently, in the Topps world 1 = 2.


These are the backs of the Heritage cards from Javier Baez and Miguel Montero.  Allow me to blow up the paragraphs for you.  See if you can find the same mistake on both cards.

Did you find the errors?

On both cards, the players' accomplishment in Game 2 of the NLDS or NLCS is mentioned. But, Baez didn't homer for the only run in Game 2.  It was in Game 1.  Same with Montero.  The homer he hit wasn't in Game 2 of the NLCS, it was in Game 1.  I was there.  I remember!

So how do they make the same mistake twice?  How can they make a mistake at all?  It's not like these are trivia questions from 50 years ago.  Chances are the cards were written just a month or two after the playoffs were finished.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Are These Cubs Cards? Part II

Today let's look at my second "Are These Cubs Cards?" conundrum.

This one is a bit more tongue in cheek.

Are these eight cards Cubs cards?

On the surface the answer is a pretty obvious, no.  None of these eight are on the Cubs or have ever played for the Cubs.

But, on the flip side.

And I really mean, on the flip side, are they Cubs cards?

Because the back of the eight, along with the Rizzo and Bryant All Topps cards, gives us the NL's reigning MVP.

I'm not putting Clayton Kershaw or Bryce Harper into my Cubs binder.

But those backs are pretty sweet looking.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Are These Cubs Cards? Part I

Twice with this year's Heritage set I was left with the question "Are These Cubs Cards?"

Today I've got my first conundrum.

The Heritage set mimicked the 1968 set by having World Series cards.  There are eight cards, one for each of the seven games of the series and one recap card.  In putting team sets together, Brentandbecca included just five of the eight.

These are the cards from the four games won by the Cubs and the recap card.

But what about these; are they Cubs cards, too?

They come from games 1, 3, and 4, all won by the Indians.

Since I've got the cards, you can guess my thoughts on the matter.  I consider them to be Cubs cards, too.  In my mind, the Cubs were in the World Series and any World Series card is a Cubs card.

Add in these eight and the Cubs Heritage tally is now up to 54 cards.