Monday, September 9, 2013

A Final Look at the 2013 Cubs Archives Giveaway Set

With the final giveaway cards in hand, I'm ready to wrap things up with this set.

It was a pretty impressive collaboration between Topps and the Cubs to produce the set.  Past partnerships produced single card giveaways, so jumping from 10 cards over 10 games to 82 cards over four games is huge.

I'm curious as to whether they will try something like this again next season.  Personally, I'd like to see them hold off for a few years.  With the limited number of photos Topps seems to use, I'm afraid another set next year would look too much like this year's.

I'm also wondering if other teams will do something similar next season.

The 82 card set included a total of 46 different players (including the three future stars on one card).  Only five of the 46 were on the Cubs roster in 2013, so the set was mostly players from the past.  Ernie Banks led the way with six cards, while Jeff Samardzija and Starlin Castro had the most cards among the current team, with four each.

The tile I created shows all 82 cards in alphabetical order by player name, with the muli-card players arranged by card number.  Below the tile is a list of all the players in the same order as the tile.

Player Card #
Gene Baker 78
Ernie Banks 1
Ernie Banks 14
Ernie Banks 20
Ernie Banks 49
Ernie Banks 59
Ernie Banks 76
Darwin Barney 15
Darwin Barney 54
Glenn Beckert 24
Glenn Beckert 52
Larry Bowa 69
Bill Buckner 39
Jose Cardenal 60
Starlin Castro 6
Starlin Castro 13
Starlin Castro 18
Starlin Castro 47
Andre Dawson 8
Andre Dawson 19
Ivan DeJesus 67
Shawon Dunston 5
Dennis Eckersley 43
Future Stars 81
Mark Grace 17
Mark Grace 30
Mark Grace 51
Ken Holtzman 63
Randy Hundley 33
Fergie Jenkins 2
Fergie Jenkins 9
Fergie Jenkins 77
Don Kessinger 4
Don Kessinger 35
Dave Kingman 21
Jon Lieber 32
Greg Maddux 28
Greg Maddux 31
Greg Maddux 74
Greg Maddux 79
RIck Monday 57
Keith Moreland 73
Bobby Murcer 7
Andy Pafko 55
MIlt Pappas 70
Aramis Ramirez 22
RIck Reuschel 48
Anthony Rizzo 12
Anthony Rizzo 44
Jeff Samardzija 11
Jeff Samardzija 29
Jeff Samardzija 50
Jeff Samardzija 58
Ryne Sandberg 23
Ryne Sandberg 40
Ryne Sandberg 45
Ryne Sandberg 68
Scott Sanderson     65
Ron Santo 3
Ron Santo 26
Hank Sauer 56
Lee Smith 62
Alfonso Soriano 36
Sammy Sosa 10
Sammy Sosa 38
Sammy Sosa 66
Sammy Sosa 72
Steve Stone 27
Rick Sutcliffe 37
Rick Sutcliffe 53
Rick Sutcliffe 80
Bruce Sutter 42
Bruce Sutter 61
Bruce Sutter 75
Steve Trachsel 82
Jerome Walton 64
Billy Williams 16
Billy Williams 41
BIlly Williams 46
BIlly Williams 71
Kerry Wood 25
Kerry Wood 34

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