Monday, May 25, 2015

(Military Service)


George Altman's card shows that he didn't play ball in 1957.  Instead the card shows (Military Service).  You don't see that on cards any more.

But the Cubs have a pitcher named Danny Lewis in class A South Bend and he spent four years in the Air Force.  You can read his story here.

Happy Memorial Day and thank you to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 13,651 Cubs cards from 105 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 


1900s - 1970s: 1956 Topps #227 Russ Meyer The righty went from the Penthouse to the outhouse... he was 6-1 with the World Series champion Dodgers in 1955.  Traded to the Cubs over the winter, he was 1-6 and then waived by the Cubs in September.  


1980s: 1989 Score #360 Darrin Jackson After hitting just .229 for the 1989 Cubs in 70 games, Jackson was traded to the Padres.  He did even worse there, hitting .207.  But an even worse fate was ahead for Jackson: years in the White Sox broadcast booth with Ken Harrelson and then Ed Farmer.


1990s: 1991 Star Nova #80 Ryne Sandberg This is one of 175 different Star cards of Ryne Sandberg in my collection.  It looks like he's taking some grounders before an early Spring game.


2000s: 2003 Fan Favorites #30 Ernie Banks Why would Topps use such and ugly card for a Fan Favorite?


2010s: 2013 Aunt Millies #5 Back to Back Central Division Championships Remember the good 'ol days when the Cubs were winning?  I miss those.  I hope they return soon, like this year!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Billy Williams Master List

A few weeks ago I decided to use the PSA master list for my Billy Williams player collection.  Though the list covers his entire playing career, I'm only using his Cubs years.  I have no interest in anything that shows him in green and gold.

The list has a total of 127 cards.  Right now I'm at 74, which is 57%.  I think most of what I've got are the easy ones, and the less expensive ones.  Filling in the other 43% is going to be a long term project. I'm ok with that.  Its nice to have a few on-going projects.

Here's the list.  The bold items are the ones that I've got.


1947 -1966 EXHIBITS BILLY WILLIAMS
x1961 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS141
x1961 TOPPS CUBS TEAM122
1961 TOPPS STAMP PANELS BILLY WILLIAMS CARL WILLEY
1961 TOPPS STAMP PANELS BILLY WILLIAMS WARREN SPAHN
x1961 TOPPS STAMPS BILLY WILLIAMS
x1962 SALADA-JUNKET COINS BILLY WILLIAMS207
1962 SHIRRIFF COINS BILLY WILLIAMS207
x1962 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS288
x1962 TOPPS BUCKS BILLY WILLIAMS
x1962 TOPPS CUBS TEAM552
x1962 TOPPS STAMPS BILLY WILLIAMS
1962 TOPPS STMP.PANELS GUS TRIANDOS BILLY WILLIAMS
1962-1965 JAY PUBLISHING PHOTOS-TYPE 2 BILLY WILLIAMS PORTRAIT POSE TO CHEST,DARK BACKGROUND
1962-1965 JAY PUBLISHING PHOTOS-TYPE 2 BILLY WILLIAMS PORTRAIT, POSE TO WAIST, ARMS CROSSED
1962-1965 JAY PUBLISHING PHOTOS-TYPE 2 BILLY WILLIAMS PORTRAIT-POSE TO WAIST, FENCE BACKGROUND
x1963 EXHIBITS STATISTIC BACK BILLY WILLIAMS
x1963 POST CEREAL BILLY WILLIAMS HAND CUT172
x1963 SALADA-JUNKET COINS BILLY WILLIAMS30
x1963 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS353
x1963 TOPPS CUBS TEAM222
x1964 BAZOOKA BILLY WILLIAMS HAND CUT-KNEELING17
1964 BAZOOKA STAMPS BILLY WILLIAMS
1964 BAZOOKA STAMPS MLB PLAYERS COMPLETE PANEL8
1964 RAWLINGS GLOVE BOX-HAND CUT BILLY WILLIAMS
x1964 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS175
x1964 TOPPS COINS BILLY WILLIAMS44
x1964 TOPPS CUBS TEAM237
x1964 TOPPS GIANTS BILLY WILLIAMS52
x1964 TOPPS PHOTO TATOO BILLY WILLIAMS
1964 TOPPS ROOKIE ALL-STAR BANQUET THE 1961 TOPPS...10
x1964 TOPPS STAND UPS BILLY WILLIAMS SP
1964 VENEZUELA TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS175
1965 BAZOOKA BILLY WILLIAMS HAND CUT-BATTING17
1965 BAZOOKA PANEL HAND CUT TORRE/WILLIAMS/CHANCE
1965 OLD LONDON COINS BILLY WILLIAMS
x1965 O-PEE-CHEE BILLY WILLIAMS220
1965 O-PEE-CHEE CUBS TEAM91
1965 O-PEE-CHEE NL HOME RUN LEADERS4
x1965 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS220
x1965 TOPPS CUBS TEAM91
x1965 TOPPS EMBOSSED BILLY WILLIAMS40
x1965 TOPPS MAYS/WILLIAMS/CEPEDA NL HOME RUN LEADERS4
x1965 TOPPS TRANSFERS BILLY WILLIAMS
1966 BAZOOKA PANEL HAND CUT KALINE/FISHER/WILLIAMS
1966 CHICAGO CUBS TEAM ISSUE BILLY WILLIAMS
1966 H.F. GARDNER POSTCARD BILLY WILLIAMS
x1966 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS SP580
x1966 TOPPS CUBS TEAM204
x1966 TOPPS MAY/MCCOVEY/WILLIAMS NL HOME RUN LEADERS217
x1966 TOPPS RUB-OFFS BILLY WILLIAMS
1966 VENEZUELA TOPPS CUBS TEAM204
1966/67 BAZOOKA BILLY WILLIAMS HAND CUT48
1967 BAZOOKA PANEL HAND CUT KALINE/ALOU/WILLIAMS
x1967 DEXTER PRESS BILLY WILLIAMS PREMIUMS
1967 PRO'S PIZZA BILLY WILLIAMS
x1967 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS315
x1967 TOPPS CUBS TEAM354
1967 TOPPS PUNCH-OUTS BILLY WILLIAMS
1967 VENEZUELA TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS337
1968 BAZOOKA BILLY WILLIAMS HAND CUT
1968 KAHNS WIENERS BILLY WILLIAMS
1968 TOPPS ACTION ALL-STAR STICKERS BILLY WILLIAMS/ROD CAREW/TONY GONZALEZ
x1968 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS37
1968 VENEZUELA TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS37
1969 CHICAGO CUBS PHOTOS BILLY WILLIAMS
x1969 GLOBE IMPORTS PLAYING CARDS BILLY WILLIAMS 7 OF CLUBS
x1969 KAHNS WEINERS BILLY WILLIAMS
1969 KELLY'S POTATO CHIPS PINS BILLY WILLIAMS
x1969 MILTON BRADLEY BILLY WILLIAMS

1969 MLB PHOTOSTAMPS BILLY WILLIAMS HAND CUT
1969 MLBPA PINS BILLY WILLIAMS
1969 O-PEE-CHEE NL RBI LEADERS4
1969 SUNOCO CUBS PINS BILLY WILLIAMS
x1969 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS450
x1969 TOPPS MCCOVEY/SANTO/WILLIAMS NL RBI LEADERS4
x1969 TOPPS STAMPS BILLY WILLIAMS
1969 TOPPS SUPER BILLY WILLIAMS39
x1969 TRANSOGRAM BILLY WILLIAMS HAND CUT
x1970 KELLOGGS BILLY WILLIAMS37
x1970 O-PEE-CHEE BILLY WILLIAMS170
x1970 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS170
x1970 TOPPS CUBS TEAM593
x1970 TOPPS SUPER BILLY WILLIAMS40
x1971 BAZOOKA NO NUMBER BILLY WILLIAMS HAND CUT
1971 BAZOOKA NO NUMBER BILLY WILLIAMS/DAVE McNALLY/JIM FREGOSI HAND CUT-PANEL
x1971 DELL TODAY'S TEAM STAMPS BILLY WILLIAMS
x1971 KELLOGGS BILLY WILLIAMS61
1971 MILK DUDS BILLY WILLIAMS COMPLETE BOX9
x1971 MILK DUDS BILLY WILLIAMS HAND CUT
x1971 O-PEE-CHEE BILLY WILLIAMS350
1971 O-PEE-CHEE N.L. RBI LEADERS BENCH/PEREZ/WILLIAMS64
1971 O-PEE-CHEE NL HOME RUN LEADERS BENCH/WILLIAMS/PEREZ66
x1971 TOPPS BENCH/PEREZ/WILLIAMS NL RBI LEADERS64
x1971 TOPPS BENCH/WILLIAMS/PEREZ NL HOME RUN LEADERS66
x1971 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS350
x1971 TOPPS COINS BILLY WILLIAMS75
x1971 TOPPS CUBS TEAM502
1971 TOPPS GREATEST MOMENTS BILLY WILLIAMS37
1971 TOPPS TATTOOS BILLY WILLIAMS PERFORATED100
1972 CHICAGO CUBS TEAM ISSUE BILLY WILLIAMS
x1972 KELLOGGS BILLY WILLIAMS MISSED ONLY ONE LAST SEASON46
1972 KELLOGGS BILLY WILLIAMS PHRASE OMITTED46
x1972 MILTON BRADLEY BILLY WILLIAMS
x1972 O-PEE-CHEE BILLY WILLIAMS IA439
x1972 O-PEE-CHEE BILLY WILLIAMS440
1972 O-PEE-CHEE CUBS TEAM192
x1972 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS439
x1972 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS IA440
x1972 TOPPS CUBS TEAM192
x1973 KELLOGGS BILLY WILLIAMS10
1973 KELLOGGS WILLIAMS/BLASS/ MATLACK-PANEL
1973 O-PEE-CHEE BATTING LEADERS B.WILLIAMS/R.CAREW61
x1973 O-PEE-CHEE BILLY WILLIAMS200
1973 O-PEE-CHEE CUBS TEAM464
x1973 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS200
1973 TOPPS CANDY LIDS BILLY WILLIAMS
1973 TOPPS COMICS BILLY WILLIAMS
x1973 TOPPS CUBS TEAM464
x1973 TOPPS PIN-UPS BILLY WILLIAMS
x1973 TOPPS WILLIAMS/CAREW BATTING LEADERS61
x1974 KELLOGGS BILLY WILLIAMS32
1974 O-PEE-CHEE ALL STAR RIGHT FIELD R.JACKSON,B.WILLIAMS338
x1974 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS110
x1974 TOPPS CUBS TEAM211
x1974 TOPPS JACKSON/WILLIAMS ALL-STAR RIGHT FIELDERS338
x1974 TOPPS STAMPS BILLY WILLIAMS

And here is a tile with the current collection. The cards in the tile are in the same order as those on the checklist.



Friday, May 22, 2015

2015 Diamond Kings HOF Sluggers Billy Williams

Just one card in today's post and it isn't pretty:


Not only does the card look nasty because of the missing logos, but the face doesn't really look like Billy Williams, either.

Panini really struck out with this card from the 2015 Diamond King set.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

1978 Grand Slam Cubs Set

Here's a recent oddball pick-up, the Cubs from the 1978 Grand Slam set.  This was a one-and-done product put out by collector Jack Wallin.  The 200 card complete set features black and white pictures on the front and a player biography on the back.

These simple looking cards were used quite a bit for TTM autographs back when the set came out.  It would be much tougher to get any autographs on these today since most of the players can't sign from six feet deep.

The cards don't have any team designations on them, so putting a team set together is a subjective thing.  My set was listed on Ebay and included 15 cards.  Teamsets4u's checklist shows only 13 Cubs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

These eleven show are in my set and the Teamsets4u set.

 
 
 

These four were also in my set.  The Teamsets4u checklist puts Baumholtz, Lowery, and Sauer with the Reds and Stephenson with the Indians.  I think some of the confusion would be due to the fact that the Cubs were using a wishbone C on their hats that looks similar to one worn by both the Reds and the Indians.

 

Here are the two players (with pictures borrowed from Ebay) on the Teamsets4U list but not in my set.  Burgess is definitely wearing a Reds uniform.  Douthit played in just 27 games for the Cubs, so it seems pretty silly to include him as a Cub.  He's better placed on the Cardinals list, where nine years of his career were spent or the Reds (192 games played).


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Someone At Topps Forgot the Giants Moved to San Francisco

Topps was founded and based in New York City.  It still is.

It would be safe to assume that most of the workers are fans of the New York baseball teams.  Back in the '50s I suppose there were Giants and Dodgers fans working for Topps.  When the teams moved west, did they continue to root for their transplanted teams?

Were they bitter and swore off their former team?  Or did they wish their teams would come back home?

It looks like there was one employee at Topps that wished the Giants would return, or was in denial that the team even left.


This is the Billy Williams leader card from 1965 that I showed last week. Everything on the front is fine.  Now look at the back.  Check the first name on the list.


Right at the top, Willie Mays is shown as Mays, N.Y.

It should be Mays, S.F.

Was someone wishing the Giants were back in New York?  Someone forget the Giants moved out west?  Someone have a crystal ball and knew that Willie was going to the Mets in 1972?

Its odd that the error wasn't caught by anyone.  You'd think that someone would have noticed.

After I saw the error, I wanted to find a little more about the mistake.  I did some googling and found no mention of the error anywhere.  I then looked up the '65 set in the Standard Catalog and again, nothing.  I haven't seen any checklists that designate the card UER, uncorrected error.

This article from PSA mentions ten or so uncorrected errors but makes no mention of the Mays mislabeling.

The checklist here puts the UER designation on several cards but not this one.

Here's another checklist with some UERs but not on #4.

Doesn't anyone care that the Giants were no longer in New York?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cards From Tom, Too, And A Big Mystery

Tom was nice enough to send me a Cubs scorecard.

But wait, there's more!

Not only did a scorecard come my way, but he sent some cards too.

Sandberg cards.  I've written several posts recently on my efforts to boost the Sandberg collection.  Tom helped me add a few more.


Several are already in the collection.  These doubles will be heading to the student birthday present box.

 

Here are a couple that are new to me.  The card on the left is the 1987 Action All Star card.  Ryno looks really young in that picture.  On the right is the 1990 Topps Magazine card.

And then there was this one...



 ...the mystery card.  It's a nice looking card, with three different pictures on the front.  You don't see that very often.  Based on the stats on the back, it would be safe to say that the cards is from 1991.

But that's all I know. There isn't any information on the origin of the card anywhere on the front or the back.  I did an Ebay search of any Sandberg 1991 card listed or sold and didn't see this one.  Nothing on COMC matched it either.

I'm stumped.  Anyone have any idea where it comes from?