Thursday, July 9, 2020

All the 15/ Barneys

In yesterday's post I showed how I upgraded a serial numbered Barney card to a 15/ because that is the number he wore with the Cubs.

That led me to do a little digging through all my Barney cards.  I had to find out how many 15/ cards I've got.

Turns out that I have seven of them.

... the 2013 Pinnacle Artist's Proof card from yesterday...

...2007 USA Baseball Patriotic Patches...

...2011 Chrome Red

...2011 Finest Auto Relic Red

...2011 Sterling Dual Relic

...2013 Topps Mini Pink

...2014 Topps Mini Pink.

How weird is it that I was able to get the Mini Pink 15/ two years in a row?

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Upgrading A Barney

Every now and then I'll upgrade a card in my Darwin Barney collection.  I recently added this card to the collection.

It's the Artist Proof version of the 2013 Pinnacle Autograph.

This is the card it replaced.

And the reason for the upgrade?

You really have to squint to find it and you really have to know Darwin Barney.

The upgraded card is #15/25.  Darwin Barney wore #15 with the Cubs.  Some sellers charge a premium when the serial number and player's number match.  This seller didn't so I was able to pick it up for three whole dollars.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

I'm Back with Finest

I'm back after a great vacation.  Mrs. WW and I ended up putting in around 200 miles over six days of bike riding.  It was nice that we were going downhill the entire trip.

Here I am at the eastern continental divide..

.. and here we are in Pittsburgh, where the two rivers merge and become the Ohio River.

I had a stack of packages awaiting me at the post office.  Two of them contained my 2020 Finest Cubs.  The 100-card Finest has seven Cubs cards, which is a pretty decent representation.




Of course Topps seemed obligated to include Adbert Alzolay and Nico Hoerner, but at least we were spared another card for Robel Garcia!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Birthday America!

Happy 244th Birthday America!!

My traditional 4th of July post

Now get away from the computer and go out 
and enjoy the day off!

Saturday, June 27, 2020

On the Road, Taking Some Time Off

This will be the last post for several days.  Mrs. WW and I are taking another bike trip vacation and I'm taking a vacation from the blog, too.

This is our third bike trip.  The past two years we did a Michigan trip and a ride along the Erie Canal.  This year we head to Pennsylvania and a ride along the Great Allegheny Passage.

We'll be staring near the eastern continental divide and head northwest to Pittsburgh, covering around 125 miles over four days.  The good news it that gravity will be our friend as we head downhill the whole way.

I look for any Cubs connections on our bike trips.  This year was slim pickings.  The towns we head through are pretty small and I was able to find just one Cubs player born along our path.

Gary Ross is a native of McKeesport.  He pitched a bit for the Cubs in 1968 and 1969 before being traded to the Padres in the Dick Selma trade.  He lost a team-record 11 consecutive decisions for the expansion '69 Padres.

Play nice while I'm gone and I see you in a week or so.

Friday, June 26, 2020

1947* Play Ball Cubs

TCMA's 1947 version of the Play Ball has a copyright date of 1985, one of three sets released that year.  It's pretty much a repeat of the 1946 edition... same number of cards, same number of Cubs, same design, and same color.


Thursday, June 25, 2020

1946* Play Ball Cubs

After putting out four Play Ball sets in 1983, TCMA dialed down to just one in 1984.  The 1946 set is made up of 45 cards, including three Cubs.  The design remains the same, though the color has changed again, this time to green.