Friday, May 25, 2018

Baseball Card Price Guide Cubs Cards 1990 / 1957

In 1990 SCD Baseball Card Price Guide became a full set, going from 15 cards to 60 cards.  The Topps design they copieds was from 1957.  Three of the 60 cards were Cubs.


When the design is nothing more that some basic fonts for name, team, and position, it isn't too hard to duplicate.  So how did SCD do?

Not bad at all.  It was a good recovery from the horrid job they did with the 1964s.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Baseball Card Price Guide Cubs Cards 1989 / 1964

After wrapping up the Baseball Cards Magazine Cubs cards, I'm moving on to another brand of magazine cards, Sport Collectors Digest Baseball Cards Price guide.  They put out cards from 1989 to 1993 and they too used the same idea of ripping off Topps designs.

The first release came in the October 1989 issue and the set consists of 15 cards using the 1964 design.  There is one Cub among the 15....

.... Ryne Sandberg.

And how did they do with their recreation?

Not very good.  Not very good at all.... team name not even close, wrong color for the  box around the players name and position, wrong color with the position name.

We'll see if they improve with practice tomorrow when we take a look at the 1990 cards.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The 34th Cub

Last week saw the 34th different player to get into a game for the 2018 Cubs.  Pitcher Randy Rosario was called up from Iowa on May 17th.  The next day he was sent back to Iowa.  He didn't get in the game on the 17th, so I didn't think I'd have to make a card for him.

The next day, though, the Cubs had a double header and he was again recalled.  This time he did get to play.  He pitched two decent innings in the first game of the double header, striking out two and allowing no runs. The next day it was back to Iowa again.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wrapping Up Baseball Cards Magazine

I'll wrap up the Baseball Cards Magazine sets today:

Years run: The sets ran from 1989 to 1993, smack dab in the junk card era.

Topps Designs Used: They started with 1959, and then spent most of the time in the late 60's, using 1966, 1968, 1969, and 1970.

Number of Cards:  The first three sets had 72 cards.  The last two were 88 and 95.  That gives us a total of 399 cards.  Couldn't they have added one card somewhere to give us a round 400?

Number of Cubs:  The Cubs end up with 19 cards.  That is 4.7% of all the cards.  If they were divided evenly among the 26 teams at the time, it comes to 15 or 16 cards, so the Cubs were above average.

Most Popular Cub:  Ryno got the most love from the magazine with four cards.  Andre Dawson came in second with three cards. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Baseball Cards Magazine 1993 / 1968 Cubs

Baseball Cards Magazine finished its set with the 1993 release, mimicking Topps 1968. This is the burlap set that was done by Heritage last year.  Oddly, this final set was also the largest, with 95 cards.  Usually as sets come to an end, their checklist has dwindled.  Baseball Cards Magazine went out with a bang.

Four Cubs were included



This was a pretty decent effort, after two pretty mediocre years.  They even did two versions of the burlap, just like Topps.

The narrow burlap was pretty close.  They still had trouble matching the orange, though.  And the name font wasn't quite right either.

The wide burlap was way too wide.  Heritage was almost spot on, but the magazine needed to shrink their's down.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,812 Cubs cards from 133 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1950 Bowman #61 Bob Rush The Good News?  Bob won 13 games in 1950 and his ERA was a not too bad 3.71.  The Bad News?  Bob lost 20 games, a season after losing 18 games.  Can you imagine a pitcher today losing 38 games in two years?

1980s: 1989 Donruss The Rookies #23 Joe Girardi  I wonder if Joe will have a managing job next season?

1990s: 1998 Finest #133 Scott Servais  The  card makes Servais look like a speed demon.  He was a catcher.  He was not a speed demon

2000s: 2002 Topps Traded #246 Brad Bouras  The look on his face says, "I don't think I'll ever  get above A ball and I'll be done by age 24."  The look was correct.

2010s: 2014 Topps #561 Wellington Castillo  The RNG liked catchers today!  You have to feel for poor Castillo.  He was with the Cubs during the really bad years and then got traded just as they were getting good.  Now he's with the White Sox, doing the rebuilding thing again.  

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Baseball Cards Magazine 1992 / 1970 Cubs

The 1992 Baseball Cards Magazine set grew from the previous year by 16 cards, now at 88.  But the extra cards didn't mean extra Cubs.  In fact, the Cubs were down to just two cards.


But they both are Hall of Famers, so I guess that's a good thing.

The duplication of the 1970 design, though, was not a good thing.

The team name... not close, as it is way too thin.

The player's names.... even worse.  I hope Topps does a better job with Heritage next year.