After wrapping up the Baseball Cards Magazine Cubs cards, I'm moving on to another brand of magazine cards, Sport Collectors Digest Baseball Cards Price guide. They put out cards from 1989 to 1993 and they too used the same idea of ripping off Topps designs.
The first release came in the October 1989 issue and the set consists of 15 cards using the 1964 design. There is one Cub among the 15....
.... Ryne Sandberg.
And how did they do with their recreation?
Not very good. Not very good at all.... team name not even close, wrong color for the box around the players name and position, wrong color with the position name.
We'll see if they improve with practice tomorrow when we take a look at the 1990 cards.
Last week saw the 34th different player to get into a game for the 2018 Cubs. Pitcher Randy Rosario was called up from Iowa on May 17th. The next day he was sent back to Iowa. He didn't get in the game on the 17th, so I didn't think I'd have to make a card for him.
The next day, though, the Cubs had a double header and he was again recalled. This time he did get to play. He pitched two decent innings in the first game of the double header, striking out two and allowing no runs. The next day it was back to Iowa again.
Baseball Cards Magazine finished its set with the 1993 release, mimicking Topps 1968. This is the burlap set that was done by Heritage last year. Oddly, this final set was also the largest, with 95 cards. Usually as sets come to an end, their checklist has dwindled. Baseball Cards Magazine went out with a bang.
Four Cubs were included
This was a pretty decent effort, after two pretty mediocre years. They even did two versions of the burlap, just like Topps.
The narrow burlap was pretty close. They still had trouble matching the orange, though. And the name font wasn't quite right either.
The wide burlap was way too wide. Heritage was almost spot on, but the magazine needed to shrink their's down.
I've got 15,812 Cubs cards from 133 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.
1900s - 1970s: 1950 Bowman #61 Bob Rush The Good News? Bob won 13 games in 1950 and his ERA was a not too bad 3.71. The Bad News? Bob lost 20 games, a season after losing 18 games. Can you imagine a pitcher today losing 38 games in two years?
1980s: 1989 Donruss The Rookies #23 Joe Girardi I wonder if Joe will have a managing job next season?
1990s: 1998 Finest #133 Scott Servais The card makes Servais look like a speed demon. He was a catcher. He was not a speed demon
2000s: 2002 Topps Traded #246 Brad Bouras The look on his face says, "I don't think I'll ever get above A ball and I'll be done by age 24." The look was correct.
2010s: 2014 Topps #561 Wellington Castillo The RNG liked catchers today! You have to feel for poor Castillo. He was with the Cubs during the really bad years and then got traded just as they were getting good. Now he's with the White Sox, doing the rebuilding thing again.