Sunday, August 30, 2015

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 13,787 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: 1976 Topps #251 Rick Monday  This is one of my all-time favorite cards.  I just love the look of the blue on the border, the blue sky, and the blue on the uniform.  Monday looks so cool, too, with the bat on his shoulder.  Just a great looking card.

1980s: 1986 Topps Traded #120 Manny Trillo The Cubs reacquired Trillo in December 1985 in a trade with the Giants.  He was a young up and coming player during his first go-around with the Cubs.  This time he was a grizzled veteran and a utility player.  He got in half of the Cubs games in 1986 and hit a very decent .296. 

1990s: 1994 Sportflics Traded #83 Steve Trachsel  Cool 3-D Sportflic cards with a boring 2-D picture in the corner.  The 1994 season was Trachsel's rookie campaign, which is why he was in the traded set.  He posted a 9-7 record, leading the team in wins.

2000s: 2008 Upper Deck #78 Ryan Theriot  Do you know about TOOTBLAN?  It was inspired by Ryan more about it here.  

2010s: 2014 Heritage Baseball Flashbacks #EB Ernie Banks  On May 9, 1965, Mr. Cub hit two homers in game two of a doubleheader against the Astros, giving the Cubs a split for the day.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I Got What I Said I Wouldn't Part 3

...more Barney as a Dodger stuff.

OYO has put out the 4th generation of their baseball players.  Barney was in the first three sets as a Cub.  When I saw he made the fourth as a Dodger, I went back and forth about getting the LA version.

On one hand, he wasn't a Cub.  But on the other, it was Darwin.

I went ahead and picked it up.

And here is my shelf with the complete collection.

Friday, August 28, 2015

I Got What I Said I Wouldn't Part 2

I just can't make up my mind.

I said I wouldn't collect any more new Darwin Barney items, since they wouldn't show him as a Cub.


I bought this.

The card is from Platinum Series Baseball, a new product this year.  The cards are used in a baseball board game.  Over 600 players are on the checklist and Darwin was one of them.  This could the the last card that shows him as a major league player, so I figured it was worth a buck to grab.

You can tell from the card the the set doesn't have an MLB license.  I wonder if the picture was of him from his Cubs or Dodger days?  Both team wear gray road uniforms, so it could be from either.

I've heard next to nothing about these cards.  I've found just one seller on Ebay that has them.  Anyone else hear of them or buy them?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Wrigley Field W Flag

A recent post at Uniwatch showed this picture on the history of the flags that fly at Wrigley Field.

This comes from my 1947 Cubs program.  You'll notice something that is different with the W flag.  The colors are reversed from what is done today.  Originally the Cubs used a blue flag with a  white W.  Somewhere along the way, it was reversed to the white flag with a blue W that we are familiar with today.

The question---when was it switched.

Wikipedia has a detailed article on the W flag.  But all it says it that the color reversal was done some time in the early 80's.  I thought I would try to nail it down to an exact year.

I started looking through my Cubs media guides.  Below is page 5 from the 1989 guide.

You can see that it mentions the blue flag with white W.  That means the switch hadn't taken place yet.

On to the 1990 guide, this time page 6:

So the switch has been made, according to the media guide, some time between 1989 and 1990.  But, was it made during the 1989 season of for the 1990 season?  More detective work ensued.

I found this picture in the Cubs 1990 yearbook.  

It shows the final home game of the 1989 season.  The fans called the team out for a curtain call.  That is Jerome Walton acknowledging the cheers.  If you look at the very top of the picture you can see the white W flag on the mast.

So, using the media guide and this picture, the Cubs reversed the W  flag colors in 1989.

Case closed.

Case re-opened.

I found this picture in the 1985 yearbook.  That is clearly a white W flag flying.

The color swap was done much earlier.  Apparently no one in the Cubs media department read the Wrigley Field article that was run in the media guides.  For years they had the wrong information.

So when was the switch actually made?

I have no idea.  I'm back to square one....some time in the early 1980s.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three More Unlicensed Billy Williams Cards...

...because Topps is ignoring him.

I've added a few more Billy Williams cards, all from Panini.

A couple are parallels to cards I already have:

This is the silver version of the Cooperstown Crown Royale die cut.  It is /75.  I already have the green /5 version.

This is the cracked ice version of the card that was given out at the National.  These are /25.

Finally this is a blue version of the 2015 Cooperstown autograph card.  The blues are /25.

Collectors still don't seem to be too interested in Panini products because I was able to pick up all three for less than fifteen bucks.

Three low number cards of a Hall of Famer, including an autographed card for five bucks each.  I'll take 'em.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 Topps Chrome Cubs

It's out a bit later than usual, but Topps Chrome has arrived.  This is the 20th edition of Chrome, having first been issued in 1996.  For the past several years it has been a 200 card set.  This year the set got a last-minute five card bump.  Five more rookies were added, though their cards were the dreaded SPs.

Thankfully, no Cubs were among the five added rookies.  Kris Bryant and Addison Russell were already in the set and their cards were going for high prices.   Bryant's base cards was going for $20 and it was taking $4-5 to get Russell's.

I was able to get a complete Cubs set from Brentandbecca for a more reasonable price, though it was higher that what I was used to.  I told Brent it was a good thing that Kyle Schwarber wasn't included in the set or I would have had to take out a loan.  The price for the Cubs success is higher prices...I'm OK with that!

After having just three cards in the past three Chrome sets, the Cubs this year had eight players.

Two of the eight made no sense...


...Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella.  Baez has been in AAA all year.  La Stella has been hurt, playing in just two games.

The other six are all contributors to the Cubs success this year.


Monday, August 24, 2015

I Got What I Said I Wouldn't

So Matt sends me a Cubs 2014 scorecard.  I now have two.  I get the idea of buying all ten from the season.  I discover that there were 25 cards, not 10. In deference to my wallet I decide to pass.

I was wrong, twice.

First, it turns out that there were not 25 scorecards, there were 26.

Second, I bought all of them.

I was going to pass because 25 (or 26) scorecards times $8-10 each was more than I wanted to spend.

And then... a seller has all 26 of the cards in one lot.  Hmmm.  And his BIN/BO price was fairly reasonable.  Hmmmmm.  I made a BO of a tad more than $3 per card...and it was accepted.

So here you go, the entire collection of 2014 Cubs scorecards.

I'm going to keep these in their own separate binder.

This is the cover I made.

I got what I said I wouldn't, and I'm glad I did.