Tuesday, December 1, 2020

2011 Bricks & Ivy Ball Cubs Set

 I'll be featuring a new-to-me oddball set over the next few days.  I love stumbling onto these.  I also wonder how I've never seen them before.  The hobby never gets stale!

When the Ricketts family bought the Cubs they made several promises.  They said they would create a first class organization, upgrade the ballpark, win a championship, and give back to the community.  Today's cards deal with that last promise.

The team started a new fund raising tradition in 2011 called the Bricks & Ivy Ball.  It is held at Navy Pier, is attended by all of the players, includes both a silent and live auction, and costs big bucks to attend.  It also raises big bucks, at least $1 million each year.

An eBay seller listed some cards from the first two balls.  I saved the listings, set my sniper, and hunted for information about the set.  I couldn't find anything anywhere.  TCDB had nothing as did Baseballcardpedia.  No cards were for sale at COMC, Beckett, or Sportlots.  The were no other current or past eBay listing for the cards. 

Apparently no other collectors were aware of the sets either as I won both sets for 99¢ each.

The seller included a program from the 2011 ball.  The program lists the agenda for the evening, the dinner menu, and lists all of the auction items.

The 2011 ball featured two different card sets.  Today I'll have the regular cards and tomorrow I'll show the oversized cards.

The main set features 25 cards, one for each player on the Cubs opening day roster.  The cards measure 5" x 7" and are printed on cardboard stock and laminated, too. The Cubs didn't go cheap with these.













Very classy looking, aren't they.  And did you notice Darwin Barney is in the set?  How can I call myself a Barney collector and not know about this card?  Shame on me!

Monday, November 30, 2020

1986 Meadow Gold Carton Ryne Sandberg

 Meadow Gold issued three sets of cards in 1986.  Two years ago I picked up the Cubs in two of the three sets. The third set was the tricky one.  It consisted of cards that were printed onto milk cartons, the heavy wax-coated paper cartons.  The cards from this set are not easy to find.  Who cuts things off of milk cartons?  Not many people apparently.

The lone Cub in the 15-player set was Ryne Sandberg.  Sandberg stuff is typically harder because there are more collectors going after his stuff compared to other Cubs players.

An auction for the Sandberg card was listed a few weeks ago.  It was the first I'd seen in nearly two years.  My bid was too low and I lost.  Another was listed by the same seller, but I somehow overlooked it.  The same seller listed a third one.  After not seeing one in 22 months, one guy had three.  I wasn't going to miss out the third time around.

And I didn't!

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Five Random Cubs Cards

 I've got 18,633 Cubs cards from 259 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1952 Topps #224 Bruce Edwards  The RNG starts us out with a card from Topps' first set.  In case you are wondering, the patch on his sleeve is for the National League's 75th anniversary, celebrated in 1951.

1980s: 1982 Donruss #403 Bill Buckner  That's a pretty decent action shot of Billy Buck at the bag.

1990s: 1990 Leaf #25 Greg Maddux  Looks like Maddux is on the hill as the Cubs take on the Cardinals.  My guess is that the picture is from June 10, 1989.  He faced the Cardinals twice at Wrigley.  The other game was in April and just 7,000 were at the game.  The crowd in the picture looks way too big for that date.  The June 10 game was not a good one, as he gave up six runs in 5 1/3 innings and took the loss.

2000s: 2005 Past Time Pennants #RH Randy Hundley  I got this for my autograph collection.  I'd like a certified autograph of as many of the '69 Cubs as I can get.

2010s: 2012 Bowman Sterling Steve Clevenger Autograph  The RNG picks two autographs in a row. This one is for my rule-following collection, since Clevenger was with the Cubs in 2012.  What a mess of an autograph he has compared to Randy Hundley's.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

A Look at All of the 2020 Flagship Cubs

 There are 97 Cubs cards in the 2020 Topps set, 39 in the base set and another 58 inserts.

Take a look at the 97 cards in the next 97 seconds.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Wrapping Up The 2020 Flagship Insert Cards

I've got the inserts recap today. There are 58 Cubs inserts in the 2020 set. Compare that to the 63 last year, 101 in 2018, 87 in 2017, and 81 in 2016. The drop in numbers is easier on my wallet, but it also means the team isn't doing as well. 

The 2020 Cubs inserts....
  • Cubs were included in 12 of the 15 insert sets.  They were shut out of Decade of Dominance, Significant Statistics, and Topps Now Review
  • There were cards for 18 different players and one team card
  • 7 of the 18 players on the current 40-man roster
  • 8 of the 18 players are retired
  • 3 are no longer with the team (Lester, Garcia, and Davis)
  • The most popular players were Kris Bryant and Ryne Sandberg with 8 cards, and Javier Baez and Ernie Banks with 6
  • The most ridiculous stat: Robel Garcia has three inserts while Kyle Schwarber has two.


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Turkey Red for Turkey Day

The original Turkey Red set came out in 1911. Topps released their own versions in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2020. There are 70 Cubs cards in those eight sets. Take a look at them and then go back to your own turkey! 

Be Safe! Happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wrapping Up The 2020 Flagship Base Cards

I can wrap up the flagship set now that I have Update in hand. I'll have the base set recap today, the inserts on Friday, and I'll put them all together on Saturday.

 The Cubs netted a total of 39 base cards. That is the exact same number of cards they had last year.

Among the 39 cards there are...

  • 28 with a vertical layout
  • 11 horizontal cards
  • 1 team card
  • 2 checklist cards
  • 3 All-Star cards
  • 1 Active Leader card
  • 31 different players including 2 Hall of Famers with photo variations
  • 11 players no longer on the roster
  • 3 players that didn't play an inning for the 2020 Cubs
  • 20 pictures showing the home pinstripes
  • 18 pictures showing road uniforms
  • 1 player in street clothes