These are from the Home Run Derby set. Dawson won the derby in his MVP season of 1987. Sandberg won it as the home town hero when the All Star game was held at Wrigley Field in 1990. Notice the low homer total for each of them. The format was different back then.
I'm a loyal American, but how necessary is it that there be an Independence Day set? Actually, how necessary is it that there are funky uniforms and hats on Independence Day (and Mother's Day and Father's Day and Memorial Day...)
Last week the 36th player suited up for the 2017 Cubs. Mark Zagunis was called up from Iowa as Kyle Schwarber went down (which is a story for another day). Zagunis was a third round pick for the Cubs in 2014. He was drafted as a catcher, but like Schwarber, moved to the outfield. He's made a steady but unspectacular climb through the Cubs system. I'm sure his stay with the Cubs won't be for very long.
I had a hard time finding a decent picture to use for a card. Most of what is out there is from spring training or Iowa. I wanted to use a picture from his time with the Cubs, so I had to cheat a little. I took a screen capture from his debut game on June 22. The resolution suffered when I blew up the picture to fit on the card. I'll keep what I've got until I can find a better picture. For now, this is from his very first MLB at bat, in which he hit into a fielders choice and got an RBI.
I'm pretty much ready for First Pitch to take a break. There were five more Cubs in the second series, to go along with seven from series one. Twelve First Pitch cards total is more than the cards of actual Cubs players from series two. That is messed up.
I've got 14,962 Cubs cards from 121 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.
1900s - 1970s: 1967 Dexter Press Glenn Beckert All of the pictures in the Dexter Press set seem to have been taken in the exact same spot at the the Cubs spring training home in Scottsdale. See the catcher just to the right of the Cubby bear patch on Beckert's shoulder? He's in nine of the other eleven cards in the set.
1980s: 1988 Revco #2 Andre Dawson This card is from the one and only set that Revco issued. Interesting Cubs / Revco connection... the drug store chain filed for bankruptcy in 1988 and was bought by Sam Zell. Zell later bought the Tribune Corporation, and with it, came the Cubs.
1990s: 1993 Topps Rockies #373 Mike Morgan This is from a parallel set Topps issued in 1993, one with the Rockies inaugural season logo, the other for the Marlins.
2000s: 2008 Baseball Heroes #37 Kosuke Fukudome The card mentions Fukudome's MLB debut in 2008. He hit a ninth inning home run to send the game into extra innings. The Cubs went on to lose the game anyway. That seems to sum up Fukudome's career....looks good but the end result was not good.
2010s: 2013 Team Issued #65 Scott Sanderson Home game #65 was on the 21st of August and Sanderson wore #21. The Cubs played the Nationals, the former Expos, and Sanderson also pitched for the Expos.
The number of Cubs inserts from series two is off the charts...there are 28 different cards (compared to ten base cards). It continues to amaze me just how many insert sets Topps cranks out.
Right now I've got 21 of the 28. The ones I'm missing were retail exclusives, which Brentandbecca doesn't get. I've ordered the others off of Sportlots and Ebay and I hope to have them soon.
With the 21 I have in hand, I'm going to break them up among several posts. Today I'll start with a couple new sets.
Arrieta and Bryant are in the 20 card Major League Milestones sets. Kudos to Topps for using pictures from the game on the card. It is almost like these are Topps Now Lite cards.
The Cubs have only one memorable event among the 50 in the Memorable Moments set. But boy was it memorable! This is Anthony Rizzo after he caught the throw from Kris Bryant for the final out in Game 7.