That price was too steep for me. I've used the checklists at Teamsets4U from the time I got back into collecting in 2008. I've even made a few purchases. But I wasn't going to pay $11 for only four cards. Instead, with a slight twinge of guilt, I headed to Sportlots.
Each of the four Cubs were available, and even better, all from the same seller. And the cost...a bargain (at least compared to Teamsets4U) at $2.73 shipped. Saving nearly $11 removed any feelings of guilt.
The cards are an odd-shaped 2 1/4" x 4". They're not nearly as colorful as Fleer's World Series set, but since the pictures were going to be black and white, the lack of overall color makes sense.
Here's what the wax pack for the cards looked like...
Now on to the cards...
Here are a couple well-know early Cubs (or in the case of Anson, White Stocking).
The cards don't list a team, so when Teamsets4u put their team set list together, I'm not sure what criteria they used because...
...these two are listed as Cubs, but both of them are in Boston uniforms. Spalding's time with Boston was while the Red Stockings were a part of the National Association. He moved to Chicago in 1876, when both the National League and the Cubs had their start and picked up 47 wins as the Cubs won the pennant. He pitched in only four game the next season. His attention soon turned to his business enterprises.
Evers is obviously more well-known as a Cub, so it's odd that Fleer shows him as a Brave.
Here's a look at the back of the cards