Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mike Montgomery Appreciation Post

On Monday the Cubs traded pitcher Mike Montgomery to Kansas City.  His stay with the Cubs was just around three years, having arrived in a trade with the Mariners on July 20, 2016.  His record with the Cubs is 14-17, nothing much to write home about.

But he did make, arguably, the Cubs most important pitch, ever. 

He got the final out in game 7 of the 2016 World Series.  For that he will always have a place in Cubs history.

Topps doesn't think nearly as much of his as do Cubs fans.  The year after his historic pitch, care to guess how many cards he had in all of the Topps products?

This card from 2017 Heritage is it... just one lonely card.


He had double the output in 2018, with cards in the factory team set and Update.


This year he was again in the factory team set and was included in series two.

The totals aren't impressive, six cards over four seasons.  But that last pitch in 2016... very impressive!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Tombstone Pizza Cubs

I've been showing a lot of modern cards lately.  Let's step back and look as something much older.

In 1994 and 1995 Tombstone Pizza put out 30 cards sets. Though produced by Score, Tombstone had only an Players Association license, so the logos were removed.  The cards came one per box of frozen pizza.  You could also get the full set by sending in a dollar and five proofs of purchase.

The Cubs managed to land just one player in each set,


Monday, July 15, 2019

2019 Topps Flagship Recap

I've got series two wrapped up, which means I got another year of the Topps Cubs completed.

Here's the 32 Cubs among the 700 cards in the flagship's base set.   That's the most cards they've had in the base for a long time.

The inserts total up at 48.  I still have a hard time wrapping my head around having more inserts than base cards.  I remember the days of 2 or 3 inserts.  Now get off my lawn and enjoy your baseball cards!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 16,951 Cubs cards from 200 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1967 Dexter Press Ken Holtzman  I never noticed that Holtzman signed this as "Kenny."  

1980s: 1988 Star '88 #5 Andre Dawson  This is an nice shot of Dawson taking a huge cut.  

1990s: 1991 Fleer #709 Ryne Sandberg Home Run Kings  I'd assume that this was taken at Wrigley Field in 1990, as the Cubs hosted the All-Star game.  It seems like they are overdue to host the game again.

2000s: 2007 Upper Deck #609 Mark DeRosa DeRosa spent two years with the Cubs and they won the division both years.

2010s: 2012 Sega Card Gen #233 Jeff Samardzija  Who'd have thought when this card came out in 2012 that 'Ol Spellcheck would end up earning nearly $120 million over his career.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

2019 Series 2 Retail Inserts Cubs

It wasn't too difficult to pick up the series 2 retail inserts.  There are just two sets and both were already at Sportlots.  I found one seller that had them all.

Franchise Feats consists of 30 cards, one for each franchise.  Ernie Banks is on the Cubs card, and they used the Cubs logo from the 60's and 70s.  The best of the listed feats, in my opinion, is the first one.  Leading MLB in victories for the past four years is an impressive feat.

Historic Through-Lines has a total of 50 cards.  The concept links a current player with one from the past.  The Cubs got two cards.  Banks and Baez are middle-infield menaces while Sandberg and Bryant are MVP.  And actually, Banks and Sandberg could be switch on either card.  They  were both MVPs and middle-infield menaces.

Friday, July 12, 2019

2019 Topps Series 2 Cubs Photo Variations

Topps continues to pump out the photo variations, but I'm no longer chasing all of them.  I've decided I don't need two cards of the same player.  Different pictures on the card no longer interest me.

All I will chase are cards that are replacements.  They aren't photo variations, they are card variations.  Series 2 contains two such Cubs cards.

These are two really nice looking cards!  The Banks card is #460, and in the actual set, the card belongs to Trevor Story.  Dawson's card shares the same number as Jason Heyward's base, #646.  I sure wish that Heyward could produce like Dawson did!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Topps 2019 Silver Pack Cubs

My series 2 order from Brent included the two silver pack Cubs.  I haven't gone after these before, but since I got the series two cards, I went back and picked up the five from series one.

Silver packs are given to hobby box purchasers; one pack from a hobby box and two with a jumbo box.  Each series has a 50-card checklist.  The cards use the 1984 format, but are chrome refractors instead of plain cardboard.



These are the five from the first series.  


The second series has just two Cubs, Banks and Rizzo.

Ryno is the only one of these to have an actual card from 1984.


The 2019 version is definitely an upgrade, with a home uniform and a much happier-looking Sandberg in the mini picture.

Once I got all of the 2019 cards, I went to Sportlots and picked up the cards from 2017 and 2018.  I'll show those once they have all arrived.