The Cubs netted 10 spots in the set, which is just about where it should be. The past few years, the Cubs haven't been cheated in the Update set.
That's not a good thing....it means lots of changes. Hopefully next year will see fewer Cubs in Update...
...unless they land a bunch of players on the All Star team. The Cubs had 2½ All Stars this year: Rizzo, Castro, and Samardzija-the half since he was traded just before the break but earned a spot on the NL team. Spellcheck made the All Star team but not the Update set as an All Star.
Here are the rest of the Update Cubs, in alphabetical order:
My guess is that the checklist was finalized by the end of July, since Javier Baez and Jorge Soler were left out. The notable omission for me is starter Kyle Hendricks. He made only three starts in July, which wasn't enough for Topps to think him worthy of the checklist. He finished the season 7-2 with an ERA of 2.46. I wonder if that's good enough to make the 2015 set.
Tomorrow I'll have all the Cubs insert cards.