Because I like things neat and tidy, when I decide to add a particular set to my Cubs collection, I go after the whole thing...all the Cubs in the set. Its all or nothing for me. I don't want a binder with assorted Cubs cards from assorted sets. It's all the Cubs from this set and that set.
I also tend to go for sets that have a decent number of Cubs per year. I'm not thrilled when there are just a couple Cubs from each release. I have been easing up on that though.
As of today, I've got all the Cubs base cards from 102 different sets, plus player collections for five Cubs (and I only collect Cubs cards for those players....nothing from time spent with other teams).
This is my Cubs binder shelf with all 12,729 cards.
These two compare the shelf back in 2010 with today's....I've added a few folders! I'm actually out of room and have to figure out how to add another shelf.
Here's what they Cubs Team Sets file folder on the computer looks like
And here is a listing of the 102 sets.
|Action Packed||Fleer Ultra||Spectrum|
|All Time Heroes of Baseball||Fritsch||Sports Design Products|
|Allen and Ginter||Front Row Ernie Banks||SSPC|
|Archives||Galasso Glossy Greats||Stadium Club|
|Baseball Heroes||Greats of the Game||Studio|
|Baseball Immortals||Gypsy Queen||Summit|
|Baseball's All Time Greats||Hero Deck Playing Cards||T201|
|Brickhouse Playing Cards||Line Drive||Team Issued|
|Chicago Tribune||Masterpieces||Timeless Teams|
|Chicago's Greats||Milton Bradley||Tip Top Bread|
|Coke||National Chicle||Topps Chrome|
|Collectors Choice||OPC||Topps Kids|
|Conlon||Opening Day||Topps Stamps|
|Cracker Jack||Pacific||Topps Stickers|
|Cramers Baseball Legends||Pacific Legends||Topps Total|
|Decade 1970s||Perez Steele||Topps TV Cubs|
|Dell Todays Cubs||Pinnacle||Topps XXL|
|Dexter Press||Play Ball||Triple Play|
|Diamond Greats||Post||Turkey Red|
|Diamond Kings||Pro Debut||Upper Deck|
|Extra Bases||Retail Brands||Windy City Superstars|
|Factory Team||Rookie Cup||X|
|Fan Favorite||Score||Andre Dawson|
|Finest||Sega Card Gen||Billy Williams|
|Fleer Stickers||SP Legendary Cuts||Ryne Sandberg|
So what sets am I missing?
What should I chase next?