Thursday, November 26, 2015

Turkey Red for Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your turkey.

Enjoy all 55 of the Cubs Turkey Red cards

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

All the Cubs Inserts from Topps 2015

Inserts a plenty this year, a total of 23.

The total is no where near the 2010 count (36) or 2011 (35), but its much better that the past couple years, 2013 (16) and 2014 (18).  I'm guessing that next year the total will be back in the 30s.

There were 13 insert sets that ignored the Cubs: Archetypes, Baseball Royalty, Eclipsing History, Gallery of Greats, Heart of the Order, Hot Streak, Inspired Play, Robbed, Rookie Sensations, Stepping Up, Tape Measure Blasts, Til Its Over, and Whatever Works.

Sets that had a Cub in them were...


All Star Access

Baseball History




First Home Run



First Pitch

Free Agent 40

Highlight of the Year


Pride and Perseverance



Spring Fever

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

All The Cubs Parallels From Topps 2015

Sparkles and Photo Variations...we got 'em!

Seven sparkles...


...two photo variation from the factory complete set...


...and two variations in the update set.

Monday, November 23, 2015

All the Base Topps Cubs From 2015

With the Update cards stored safely in the binder, I can wrap things up for all the Topps Cubs from 2015.  Today I take a look at the base cards.

Between Series One, Two, and Update, I've got a total of 35 base Cubs.

There is the team card

A combo card

Twenty-six player cards

three debut cards


and four from the All Star game.

And if you want to see all 35 cards in one handy location, here you go:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 13,885 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: 1952 Topps #295 Phil Cavarretta We get one from Topps' initial, iconic 1952 set.  Cavarretta was a player/manager in 1952 and he led the Cubs to a 77-77 finish...500 right on the nose.  It was the Cubs most wins since 1946.

1980s: 1989 Fleer #421 Jody Davis Fleer must have had a very early deadline for their 1989 set because the Cubs had traded Jody to the Braves at the tail end of the 1988 season.  Though only 32 in 1989, Jody was worn out and done.  He hit just .169 for Atlanta

1990s: 1993 Flair #18 Mike Morgan  This comes from Flair's initial release, which was not iconic.  The backgound of the card looks odd, as they chopped off half of the ivy-covered wall and replaced it with blue.

2000s: 2002 Big League Heroes #302 Kerry Wood  Here's one from my relic collection.  The card shows Wood in the home pinstripes and the blue alternate, while the jersey piece comes from the road grays.

2010s: 2011 Topps Chrome Red #207 Darwin Barney I've got fifteen different versions of this card.  The red is /25.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

1998 Starting Lineup Cubs

1998 was the year of Sammy and Mark.

Not this Mark.  I don't think he and Sammy got along too well.  But Grace did get included in the 1998 version of Starting Lineup.


Sammy had a card in the extended set and then a special Home Run History release.  You can see that Kenner just added a banner across the top of the original card for the History set.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Jake Arrieta - Cy Young 2015, Gone by 2017?

I really thought that Greinke would get the Cy Young, even Jake Arrieta deserved it.  Kudos to the writers voting the way they did!

Arrieta becomes the fourth Cub to win the  Cy Young Award.  Remember yesterday's post on Joe Maddon and the curse of the Manager of the Year?  Are the Cy Young winners cursed too?


Fergie won the Cy Young in 1971.  The Cubs traded him to the Rangers after the 1973 season.

Bruce Sutter picked up the award in 1979.  He also picked up a huge salary after winning an arbitration hearing.  He was sent to the Cardinals one year later.

Rick Sutcliffe was lights out after coming to the Cubs in June, 1984 and picked up the Cy Young.  He didn't get traded....he got injured.  Rotator cuff issues limited him in both 1985 and 1986.

Greg Maddux was the Cubs final Cy Young winner before Arrieta, winning the award in 1992.  He left the Cubs for Atlanta a couple months later.

Again, history says that Arrieta will be gone or hurt in the next couple years.

History needs to be wrong!