Moving on to this year, it got really easy. Only one Cub player has a relic card, Anthony Rizzo. There were however, two version, the framed mini and the full sized relic. With only two to chase, I went ahead and got them both.
I also picked up the three Cubs that have cards in the 100-card insert set Pastime's Pastimes.
Topps included Mr. Cub and the usual two of Castro and Rizzo. And look, the Rizzo picture is another different one. Four Ginter cards, four pictures....a new record for Topps!
There is one more Cubs card I picked up, though it is a bit of a head-scratcher.
Among the insert sets is one called Fields of Yore. You would assume that the cards feature ballparks from the past now gone. And it does. The checklist includes Ebbets Field, Cleveland Municipal, Griffith Stadium, Metropolitan Stadium, the original but renovated Yankee Stadium, Tiger Stadium, Sportsmans Park, the Astrodome, and Shea Stadium. They are all stadiums or yore, and all but the Astrodome are gone.
So why the heck is Wrigley Field on the checklist. It's still being used!! It not an apartment complex (Ebbets), a football stadium (Cleveland Municipal), a hospital (Griffith), a mall (The Met), a park (Yankee Stadium), an empty lot (Tiger Stadium), a Boys and Girls Club field (Sportsman), or a parking lot (Shea). It's a ballpark...a still in use by a major league team ballpark!!
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