Today my Cubs card collection total is 11,135. Though it's only 10% of my total collection, I consider it the most important part. After all, this is Wrigley Wax, not Complete Set Wax.
When I returned to collecting in 2008, the only Cubs cards I had were Topps. While in college, I had put together a run of Cubs from 1969 - 1980. The first thing I did when I got back was go for the complete Topps run, starting with the red and blue backs of 1951. I have that finished, except for nine high number cards from the 1952 set. I've got reprints for those. My Topps Cub total is 2,837.
Once I had my Topps run finished, I looked to do the same with some other brands. I decided early on that I was going to do complete runs of a brand. I didn't want a hodge-podge of cards from all sorts of brands. I was going to go one brand at a time, and finish that brand before moving on to something else. Right now I'm up to 78 different listings.
The only way I could accomplish this was with the different on-line card sources. My computer is the biggest card shop out there, and I don't have to deal with a grumpy owner. Not only was the internet my card shop, but it was also my checklist. Collecting today is so much easier with all the digital resources that are available.
Most of the brands that I have are brands that have larger checklists. I wasn't too interested in team sets that have only 3-4 cards. I was looking for sets with at least 8-10 cards. But that was only a general rule and since I made the rule, I could break it if I wanted to.
Here's what I've got, and for each brand, it includes all of the Cubs.
|Allen and Ginter||128|
|Baseball's All Time Greats||5|
|Cramers Baseball Legends||14|
|Dell Todays Cubs||24|
|Galasso Glossy Greats||17|
|Greats of the Game||81|
|O-Pee-Chee (Upper Deck)||23|
|Sega Card Gen||11|
|SP Legendary Cuts||71|
|Sports Design Products||5|
|Tip Top Bread||15|
This makes a total of 10,694 cards. The 441 not in this list are from my player collections, and I'll have more on those tomorrow.