It was just about two years ago that I started collecting the Cubs cards from the Classic Baseball Board games. The first set of 100 cards came out in 1987. One or two sets a year followed these through 1992. I ended up with 62 Cubs cards.
In addition to Cubs cards, I also collect complete sets. I try to get the first complete set for any of the brands that I've put together for my Cubs collection. That means that I would be after the first set from Classic, the 1987 green set.
The back of each card contains five questions...single, double, triple, home run, and rookie. The first four questions were for older players while the rookie question was for young kids.
Each player would spin the spinner and either get a question, a walk, or an out. They played like a regular inning of baseball. Correct answers moved you around the bases. Incorrect answers were outs. Your turn was over when you got three outs.
Scoresheets provided with the game were used to keep track of each player. There could be as many players as you wanted since there was no head-to-head competition.
With 100 baseball cards, that made 400 questions for regular players. It would be very unlikely to have the same question used more than once in a game.
The players didn't have any real connection to the questions on the back. They didn't have just Cubs questions on Sandberg's card, or catcher questions on the card of Gary Carter. The baseball cards just made it more interesting that a more plain Trivial Pursuit type card.
The players on the card the big names of the day, for the most part. I counted 20 current Hall of Famers (Gary Carter, Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson, Barry Larkin, Reggie Jackson, Tony Gwynn, Ozzie Smith, Ryne Sandberg, Carlton Fisk, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, George Brett, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Kirby Puckett, Jim Rice, Wade Boggs, Mike Schmidt, Nolan Ryan, Goose Gossage).
They weren't evenly divided among the 26 teams, though. The Cubs, Pirates, and A's only had one player each while 11 Mets and 10 Red Sox were included.
Here are the 100 players, listed by team.
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