Sunday, January 22, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,628 Cubs cards from 120 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1975 Topps #363 Carmen Fanzone  This card gives a nice look at one of my favorite features of the Cubs uniforms in the '70s.... the cloth stick-on C on the helmet with the uniform number painted inside the C.  Fanzone was one of the last Cubs to wear #23 before Ryne Sandberg.

1980s: 1985 7-11 Great Lakes #11 Ryne Sandberg  ...and speaking of Sandberg, the coin gives us a look at swinging Sandberg and a head shot.

1990s: 1998 Collectors Choice #332 Lance Johnson  The card has a nice shot of Johnson taking a rip at Wrigley.  It would look even better if not for the Cub logo right on top of his foot.

2000s: 2001 Pacific #78 Brant Brown  For any Cub fan, whenever they hear the name Brant Brown, two other words come to mind immediately.... Oh No!!!!

2010s: 2016 Wrigley Field 100 Years #47 Ronald Reagan  How appropriate that just a couple day after the inauguration of our new president, the RNG gives us the now second oldest elected president.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

2017 Series One Checklist

Yesterday, Topps released a version of the 2017 series one checklist.  The list was done alphabetically by the player's first name. They plan to issue the list with card numbers in a week.

The set includes something that has never been in any Topps baseball set..... World Series Highlight cards featuring the Chicago Cubs!  Remember that the first Topps cards came out in 1952, seven years after the Cubs previous Series appearance.

Those cards (there are four of them) boost the number of Cubs for my team set.  The League Leader cards also include several Cubs (six cards).  The regular player cards have ten of the boys in blue.  That makes a team set of twenty Cubs from just series one.  I'm guessing that would be the most Cubs from any one series.

Here's the numberless list

Base Card Players
Chicago Cubs Team Card
Addison Russell
Ben Zobrist
Hector Rondon
Jason Hammel
Jason Heyward
Jorge Soler
Kris Bryant
Kyle Schwarber
Pedro Strop

League Leaders
Anthony Rizzo
Jake Arrieta
Jon Lester
Jon Lester
Kris Bryant
Kyle Hendricks

World Series Highlights
Chicago Cubs
Addison Russell
Aroldis Chapman
Jake Arrieta

Friday, January 20, 2017


I did an "All I've Got of Him" with Cap Anson yesterday for a specific reason...3,000.

Anson is the only player with 3,000 hits as a member of the Chicago National League Ball Club.

But there's more to 3000 today.

This is Wrigley Wax post #3,000.

Post #1 was on December 30, 2008.  Since then it's been:
2009 - 401 posts
2010 - 384
2011 - 366
2012 - 368
2013 - 365
2014 - 365
2015 - 364
2016 - 366
2017 - 20

Add 'em up and you get a nice round 3000.  You can also see that other than the first couple years, I've been pretty consistent with a post a day.  I guess if you do that long enough you reach 3000.

I did.

I was worried early on with having enough topics for posts.  I guess I've gotten over that by now.  And I'll get to Ty Cobb and Pete Rose territory on October 16, 2019, when I get to #4,000.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

All I've Got of Him: Cap Anson

Cap Anson was the first Mr. Cub, or actually, during his time it would have been Mr. White Stocking.

He was the face of the franchise for over twenty years (1876 - 1897) as both a player and a manager.  He is also the one and only player to record his 3000th hit as a Cub.

I have no original cards from his playing days.  All I've got are later issues or reprints.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The World Series Champion 25-card Set

I wrote about the problem I had getting the set, and I wrote about Topps fixing the problem, but I forgot to show the cards!

This set has 10 more cards than the blister version.

Between the two sets, there were three cards that were identical in both.  I'll start with those...

There were three players with cards in this set that were left out of the smaller set:

Several players saw an increase in the number of cards, going from one to two or two to three.  In all cases, though, the pictures are different than what was used on the 15-card set.

And finally, a couple had the same number of cards in both sets...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


No, this isn't a post about the 2016 Cubs.

Its about the 1992 Cubs, who won just 78 games.

But Topps' game cards screw-up made them winners....or at least these parallels said they were winners.  And if Topps says it, it must be true.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I Got a Gamer!!

I've been waiting a while for one to come available at a reasonable price.

I found one that was too expensive for me, but no one else bought it either.  It was relisted several times, each a bit cheaper than before.

It finally made it down to my range and I got it!


A game worn Darwin Barney home jersey!!

This is probably the last jersey worn by Darwin Barney at Wrigley Field as a member of the Cubs.  It is from the third set of jerseys from the 2014 season.

And to be sure, it has an MLB authentication sticker attached,

It's been a while since I've added anything to the Barney collection.  This might be the last piece I'll get.  If it is, it's a heck of a way to go out!

Now a little about the cost.... I went to Wrigleyville Sports to price jerseys.  For more than double the price of what I paid for this, you can get an authentic but not game worn jersey of most current Cub players.  Even the replica jerseys are more than what I spent. Crazy!