I picked up some of the cards for the player collections, but after thinking it over, I broke down and bought the entire 82 card set. Over the next several days, I have posts relating to the set.
First, its pretty cool that Topps and the Cubs are doing this. They have a history of cards like this going back to 2001. Is Topps doing this with any other teams?
Second, here are a couple cards that are very interesting...
...Ron Santo. Since his death and posthumous election into the Hall of Fame, Santo has not shown up in a single Topps card. We Cubs collectors have found that very odd. We speculated on various reasons for his exclusion. But here he is in this set.
As I said earlier, there are 82 cards in the set, one for each game of the season (and a picture of the card is on the tickets to that day's game).
Sharpies out there might be thinking I have a typo....there are only 81 home games in a season. But no, 82 is the correct number, and the reason for it is hinted at with card #82,
Guess who started and won that game for the Cubs....Steve Trachsel.
Guess which game card #82 represents...the Wild Card came. The Cubs brass thinks the Cubs have a shot at the post season and included a card for the Wild Card game. Wow, talk about optimists (or talk about delusional!).
I've made up a tile with all 82 cards. They are in numerical order, starting with Ernie Banks for game #1 and ending with Trachsel's #82.