Friday, November 22, 2019

2019 Topps Total Wave 9

I forgot that these were coming.  But Topps had one more wave of Total to push and the last 100 cards included three Cubs.


I like how Topps made us wait until the final wave for one of the Cubs' best players to show up.

And no, I'm not talking about Taylor Davis!

Davis is lucky to have a card at all.

Tomorrow I'll have the Total totals.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Neck and Neck Battle

It shouldn't be a surprise that of all the decades, the one with the most Cubs cards in my collection would be the 1990s.  After all, that was the decade of the junk wax.  My Cubs card total is 4,743 different cards.

But right now the 1990's are in danger of losing their crown.  The 2010's are breathing down their neck.  In fact, just two cards separate the two decades, with the 2010's coming in at 4,471 cards.  The 2010's is not the decade of junk wax, it is the decade of way too many Topps brands and way too many inserts.

When Bowman's Best comes out in a couple of weeks, it is possible that the 2010's will take over as the top decade.  It could be a short-lived time at the tops, though, as there are still plenty of 1990s cards I haven't picked up yet.  Missing cards from the 2010s are not as plentiful, so if the 1990s regains the title, it may stay there.

I gotta include some cards in the post, so here's a look at the first vertical Topps card from the 1990s and the 2010s.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

2019 Topps Chrome Update Cubs

Topps recently put out the Chrome Update set.  The 100-card set is a Target exclusive.  Four Cubs cards were included.


There were just five Cubs cards in the 300-card regular update set, so I should be happy that four of the five made Chrome Update.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

60 Seasons of Cubs Schedules

Now that I have a schedule for 2020, I've got at least one schedule for sixty seasons worth.

My collection starts with 1961, which is the year I was born.  The schedules up through 1976 were larger, measuring at 5¼" x 3".  They have been baseball card sized, 2½" x 3½" starting in 1977.

The schedules during the Wrigley ownership time (through 1981) all had an Otis Shepard design or were inspired by his work.  Most of the schedules since then have photos on the front rather than a design. 

You'll have two different options for viewing all sixty schedules. Up first is a tile, coming in at an nice ten rows of six.  Following the tile is a GIF, rotating through all sixty.


Monday, November 18, 2019

2020 Cubs Schedule Version 1

For the past several seasons the Cubs have issued three different calendars.  Version 1 comes out in September, once the next season's schedule has been released.  It's usually a bare-bones schedule.  Often it doesn't even include game times, as not all of them have been decided yet.

Version 2 is given away at the Cubs Convention in January.  While it has more information than version 1, it still is not complete. The complete version is the third, which comes out during spring training.

Each year I collect all three versions.  I was tardy in picking up a copy of 2020's version one.  No excuses, I just forgot.

I have since remembered. 

There has been chatter that Bryant or Contreras might be traded this off-season.  Since they are on the cover of the 2020 schedule, even if it is the early version, that can't happen.  Having an obsolete schedule is not allowed.

If they are on the cover, they must stay with the team.  It has been decreed... by me.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 17,341 Cubs cards from 203 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1971 Topps #726 Paul Popovich Popovich was a favorite of mine because we share the same first name.  He also wore #22, which ended up with another favorite, Bill Buckner

1980s: 1898 Upper Deck #241 Greg Maddux  The skinny stirrups and the stripe on the pants look like one long line.

1990s: 1998 Metal Universe #152 Mickey Morandini  I always cringe when I come to players wearing another team's uniform in my Cubs binders.

2000s: 2007 Fleer #267 Carlos Zambrano This is the last card on the last page of my Fleer binder.  The brand was gone after 2007.

2010s: 2015 Allen & GInter #183 Darwin Barney 2012 Buyback Barney's last year with the Cubs was 2014, but I got to add a 2015 card to the collection with this 2012 buyback.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

2019 Gold Label Cubs

Gold Label is one of those confusing sets.  It has 100 cards on the checklist, but it has 300 cards on the checklist.

Each of the 100 players have a Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 card.  The designs of the three classes is the same.  Changing with each class is the pictures and the scarcity. I am interested in just the Class 1 cards.

The checklist is 5% Cubs, five cards out of 100.  Three are active players and two are Hall of Famers.



Look carefully at the five cards and see if you can tell me how the Sandberg is different than the other four.

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Sandberg is wearing a road uniform in both pictures.  The other four show them in a home uniform in the background picture and a road uniform in the bigger shot.