Thursday, September 20, 2018

Food and Baseball

Tuesday's post with the Holsum discs reminded me that food and baseball really seem to go together.  You go to the ballpark, you eat.  Hot Dogs, peanuts, popcorn, ice cream, and you name it, you can gorge yourself at the old ballgame.

A look through my Cubs collection shows that food and baseball cards go together as well.


Have a Coke or a Squirt.

Hungry for a little breakfast?

Some cereal or sausage can get the day started.

Need a snack?



You can't go wrong with a Ho Ho, Devil Dog, Granola Bar, or a box of Cracker Jack.

If you want to make a sandwich,


Tip Top, Aunt Millies, and Holsum can take care of you.

Need the full meal?


How about a pizza, hot dog, or a box of mac and cheese.

Let's eat!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The 8's

During the Topps era, seasons ending in 8's have been pretty decent for the Cubs.  Individual players or the team has had some pretty significant success.

1958 -  Ernie Banks wins the first of two consecutive NL MVP awards, becoming the first National Leaguer to do so.  The team was lousy but Ernie was a stud.

1968 -  Fergie Jenkins wins 20 games for the second year in a row.  He became the first Cub pitcher to do so since the 1939's.  His 20 win streak would end up reaching six.  The team finished over .500 for the second year in a row.  That was the first time for back-to-back .500 seasons since 1945 - 46.

1978 - Not a lot with this year.  Bill Buckner batted .323, which would have been good enough to finish second in the league.  Injuries kept him from enough official plate appearance to qualify.

1988 -  Ryne Sandberg becomes the first second baseman to win six consecutive Gold Gloves. He led major league second baseman in assists and total chances and did not make a throwing error the entire season.

1998 -  Sammy blasts 66 homers and wins the NL MVP.  The Cubs win the NL wildcard.

2008 - The Cubs win an NL-best 97 games and are division champs for the second year in a row.  It's the first time they made the post-season in consecutive years since a three year run from 1906 - 1908.

2018 - They are poised to win a third straight NL Central title and make the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. The franchise has never done either before.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

H-O-L-S-U-M Let's Be Friends

When I was growing up in the late '60s - early '70s, there were three main bread brands that I can recall, Wonder, Butternut, and Holsum.  We were generally a Holsum family, with their bright orange bread wrappers.

I can also recall their TV commercials, with the jingle "H - O - L - S - U - M, Let's be friends!"

Fast forward to the late '80s - early '90s.  I was no longer a kid.  I was a husband, dad of two, and a teacher.  My family wasn't a Holsum family.  We were a "whatever was cheapest" family.  So I missed out that Holsum joined the baseball collection frenzy of the time.

For three years, from 1989 to 1991 they put out a 20 player Star Discs set.  The set was made by MSA, the company that made discs for Wiffle, Burger Chef, and a whole bunch of other companies in the late '70s.

The Holsum discs have a diameter of just 2 3/4". Like all the other MSA discs, these were licensed only by the players, so all of the logos are gone.

The Cubs landed one player on each of the checklists

Mark Grace was the Cubs 1989 representative.  

This is the Canadian version, distributed by Schafer's bread.

The 1990 discs were splashier than the 1989 version, and much better looking in my opinion.  MSA discs were typically pretty boring looking, so this is a step up.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Cub #48

I fell a little behind in getting this one out.

Jaime Garcia started for the Cubs in game 1 of a double header on September 8, making him the 48th Cubs player to make a game appearance during the 2018 season.  His start didn't go well as he didn't even make it through the first inning.  He's since made a couple bullpen appearances and those have gone better.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 16,025 Cubs cards from 134 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1957 Topps #137 Bob Rush  The 1957 cards give us a final look at the Cubs wishbone C hats.  They went to the current rounded C that season.

1980s: 1982 Team-Issued Jerry Morales  Morales was one of several Cubs from the mid-Seventies with a couple different tenures with the team.  Morales, Manny Trillo, and Rick Reuschel come to mind quickly.

1990s: 1993 Topps Gold #487 Jessie Hollns  Hollins pitched in just four games with the 1992  Cubs but that was enough to earn him a card in the 1993 set.

2000s: 2002 Victory #306 Eric Young  The bat looks to be a little high for a bunt.  I wonder if he got it down successfully?

2010s: 2016 Heritage Rookie Performers #KS Kyle Schwarber  I never noticed it in 2016 when the card came out, but the font for the word "Performers" is the same one used for team names on the '67 design.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

They're Not Hitting, But They Are Staying Loose

The Cubs have not been hitting much lately, but at least they're staying loose.

Thursday they played a game in Washington, a one-day trip to make up the game rained out on Sunday.  They left for DC right after Wednesday's home game against the Brewers.  They flew back to Chicago after defeating the Nationals.

Since it was just a one night trip, Anthony Rizzo decided to travel light, very light.

He wore his uniform on the plane to DC.  He didn't bring a suitcase.  All he had was the road uniform.

Traveling light paid of as he was 2-5 and the Cubs won.  

I hope the win gets them back into the swing of things.

Friday, September 14, 2018

2018 Chronicles Cubs Team Set

Panini's Chronicles set has got to be one of the oddest, ever.

The Chronicles base set contains a total  of 60 cards.  Two are Cubs.  So far, so good.

The  cards are fine, nothing too bizarre, other than the fact that there aren't any logos.

But after this, the set goes off the rails.

The set doesn't have the usual six or seven inserts.  No, it has 18.  Yes 18 insert sets, and those are just the regular type cards.  Of course you have to add relics and inserts.

And how many cards do those 18 sets total up to?


Yes, after collecting the base set of 60 cards, you get to chase after another 485.  One of the insert sets, Spectra, has 100 cards on its checklist.  I don't recall an insert set having 40% more cards than the base set.  That is just nuts.

I did make a list of all the Cubs among the inserts.  They were mostly of Bryant and Rizzo, 12 for Bryant and 6 for Rizzo.  The only set with other Cubs is the 100 card Spectrum set, which has Baez, Caratini, and Ryno.

I have decided not to bother going after 21 Cubs inserts.  The two base cards are good enough for me..