Sunday, December 10, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,228 Cubs cards from 127 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 Bowman was the only kid on the block in 1950 so they weren't really pushed to come up with creative designs for their cards.  The artist took liberties with the house to Rush's left.  That is the house that had the full dormer painted with ads.  On the card the dormer chopped up.

1980s: 1984 Donruss All Star #43 Ryne Sandberg The good news is that Donruss included Ryno in the All Star set. The bad news is that they messed up his position and listed him as a third baseman, though he hadn't played at third since 1982.

1990s: 1990 Topps TV #57 Dave Pavlas The Topps TV Cubs set has 66 cards, so guys like Dave Pavlas were included.  He made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 1990 as a 28-year-old.  He pitched 21 innings over 13 games and had an ERA of 2.11

2000s: 2002 Topps Total #193 Corey Patterson The 2002 season was Patterson's first full year in the majors.  He put up acceptable numbers, hitting .235 with 15 HRs and 54 RBIs.  

2010s: 2013 Team Issued #4 Don Kessinger This card was on tickets for the game on April 11, which is the Kessinger connection... #11 of the 11th.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Topps Bunt?

Just a quick, random thought today.

This is what a Topps Bunt card looks like...

But shouldn't it look like this...

Friday, December 8, 2017

1984-1986 Super Cubs

Topps brought Super back in 1984 and this time the cards were really Super.  They come in at 5" x 7", which is four tines the area of regular cards.

The cards are also duplicates of the original, with the fronts and backs being identical, just increased in size.

The sets were not very big.  There were just 30 cards in the 1984 version, and Billy Buck was the only Cub.  

The set doubled in size in 1985, with 60 cards, and three of them were Cubs.  You'll have to take my word that these are Super cards, since they are identical to the regular ones.

The 1986 set also featured 60 cards, but the Cubs lost one, down to just two.

The brand disappeared after 1986 and has not returned.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

1970 & 1971 Topps Super Cubs

Here's another one of those small sets that I've been picking up.

This one is small in checklist size, but not in card size.

Topps Super was a super-sized card.  Instead of the usual 2½" x 3½" dimensions, these came in at 3 1/8″ x 5 1/4″.  The  packs contained two cards each, plus gum, and cost 10¢.  The set came out in both 1970 and 1971 and was made up of 42  cards each year.

(As an aside, there was also a test release of Super in 1969, limited to the New York City area.  The cards were thicker than regular cards, but the dimensions were smaller.  Leave it to Topps to call smaller cards Super!)

The front of the card features a borderless picture, and the picture is different than the one on the regular card. The back mimicked the regular cards.  That means you can't tell which year a card is from based on the front, but the back is a dead giveaway

Here's a look at a Super and regular side by side.

The Cubs netted a total of five cards over the two year run, with two in 1970 and three in 1971.


The 1970 Cubs were Ron Santo and Billy Williams.  The Williams picture looks to be from the mid-Sixties.


In 1971, the three Cubs were Glenn Beckert, Fergie Jenkins, and Ron Santo.

After two years Topps discontinued the set.  It returned for a three-year run in 1984 and I'll have those cards tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

All The Cubs Diamond Kings

I should have done this when Donruss came out, but I forgot.

Anthony Rizzo was selected by Panini to be the 2017 Cubs Donruss Diamond King.  This is is third appearance as a Diamond King.  That ties him with Ryne Sandberg for second place on the Cubs Diamond King list.  Sammy Sosa tops the list as a five time king.

SInce first arriving on the scene with the 1982 set, there have now been 26 Diamond King Cubs cards.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Original Heritage

Topps has been putting out Heritage since 2001.  Its a great set and something I look forward to every year.

But the Topps version of Heritage wasn't the first.

There was Heritage back in 1992, and it was great!

The original Heritage was put out by Studio.  The concept was different than the Topps version.  With Topps, the heritage refers to the card design.  With Studio, it is the uniform.

The 1992 Heritage was a 14-card insert set for the Studio set.  Two Cubs were among the 14


How cool are those!  Dawson is wearing a 1948 jersey while Ryno returns to 1908.  Sandberg even has an old-fashioned mitt.

The ultimate Heritage would it be if Topps combined the Studio Heritage concept with their own.  For the 2018 version of Heritage that means posing the players in 1969 jerseys.  

Retro card designs with players wearing retro uniforms...that would be awesome!

Monday, December 4, 2017


When I was a kid, Ron Santo was the Cubs team captain.  Though he and manager Leo Durocher didn't seem to get along too well, that didn't stop Leo from giving the captaincy to Santo.  Maybe he was a little of himself in the Cubs third baseman.

When Santo was traded to the White Sox after the 1973 season. skipper Whitey Lockman didn't fill the position.  It wasn't until Don Baylor became the manger in 2000 that the Cubs had another captain.

Baylor went all in on the captain thing, naming four players to the post.  And like in hockey, the Cubs captains were given a C to wear, which was placed on their shoulder. 

Yesterday's post showed Mark Grace with the C.  Did the other captains have a C showing on any of their cards?

Pretty easy to see on this card of Sammy.

It's not as easy with the other two, who were right handed pitchers.

Look next to his glove and you'll see Kevin Tapani's C.

I think thought the C just barely visible on Aguilera's right shoulder.  

But after blowing up the picture, I think that is the National League logo and Aguilera isn't wearing a C.

The C is somewhat visible on this picture.

In 2001, Grace and Aguilera were gone and Baylor replaced them with...

Joe Girardi and Eric Young. 

Tapani and Young were done with the Cubs after the 2001 season and no new captains were named. Baylor was gone after the 2002 season, and so were, for all intents and purposes, the Cubs captains.

Sammy kept the C and the title, but I doubt anyone in the clubhouse saw him as their captain.  I think that Dusty felt it was easier to just let Sammy be the captain rather than have the drama of removing him.

When Sammy left after 2004, so did the C on the shoulder.