Sunday, October 22, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,108 Cubs cards from 123 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1978 Topps #663 Paul Reuschel  The 1978 season was the last one that the two Reuschel brothers were on the same team.  While Rick's career was going sky high, Pauls was on fumes.  Though his record was 2-0, his ERA was 5.14 and the Cubs sent him to the Indians in late June.

1980s: 1981 Topps Giant #8 Rick Reuschel I swear the RNG really did pick this card...a big card of Big Daddy.  Not only do we get the other Reuschel, but we get him in his final year with the Cubs.  After average 36 starts for eight seasons, Reuschel finally broke in 1981.  The Cubs traded him to the Yankees in mid-June.

1990s: 1996 Upper Deck #22 Brian McRae  Red gloves and a red bat.  Someone needs to tell Brian that he plays for the Cubs, not the Cardinals

2000s: 2002 Bowman #233 Hee Seop Choi  There was alot of buzz about Choi when he came to the Cubs in 2002.  He was going to be as good or better than Mark Grace.  Um.... no.

2010s: 2017 Archives #137 Kyle Hendricks  It was good to see Topps including Hendricks in more products this year.  Since his ERA was up in 2017, I wonder if that means his Topps inclusion rate will go down?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cards That Accurately Portray the Player: Bill Buckner

....still ignoring the NLCS...

Bill Buckner was my favorite player in the late '70s and early '80s.  I loved the way the guy gave 110% on wheels that were only able to run at 50%.  He was a gamer and I tried to find a card that shows that. 

Here's what I came up with:

It's the team-issued card from 1982.  

Check out his right leg, covered in dirt.  The guy always seemed to be dirty, from a slide or a dive. Like I said, he was out there giving 110%.

Friday, October 20, 2017

On Fire!

I'm writing this before the start of game 5.  When you read it I hope the title relates to the way the Cubs played.  The post, though, is on the 2017 Topps Fire Cubs set. (Early morning edit.... Up In Flames would be the proper title, not On Fire)

Fire has a 200-card checklist, consisting of both current and retired players.  If the set were divided evenly between the 30 teams, there would be six or seven Cubs cards.  But it isn't even and some  teams must have really gotten the short end of the deal because there are 17 Cubs cards!

There are actually three different designs.




This is the design that is most reminiscent of fire.  A nice touch, notice how the Cubs logo on Ernie Banks' card is a 1960s logo.




The blue and white with this design remind me of ice and winter.  That's not a feeling you should get in a set called Fire.  Also, thank you Topps for another card of Rob Zastryzny.


I'm feeling wintery with the third design, too.  It is good to see Greg Maddux as a Cub.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wade Davis Certified Autograph

I'm ignoring what's been happening on the field and just posting as if nothing is wrong...

The Topps Fire set includes a certified autograph of Wade Davis.  The card meets my certified collection rules of showing a player as a Cub during a season he played for the Cubs, so I grabbed one.

It's a bit disappointing that the auto is on a sticker.  I thought that Topps had stopped the stickers.  I guess not.

Davis is the 14th current Cub with a certified auto as a Cub and the 124th overall.

Terry Adams Matt Garza Eric Patterson
Arismendy Alcantara    Leo Gomez Corey Patterson
Albert Almora Tom Gorzelanny David Patton
Moises Alou Kevin Gregg Carlos Pena
Jake Arrieta Angel Guzman Billy Petrick
Javier Baez Jason Hammel Felix Pie
Darwin Barney Todd Haney Lou Piniella
Francis Beltran Ian Happ Mark Prior
Milton Bradley Brendan Harris Aramis Ramirez
Roosevelt Brown Kevin Hart Anthony Rizzo
Kris Bryant Jose Hernandez Henry Rodriguez
Scott Bullett Jason Heyward Henry Rodriguez
Freddie Bynum Bobby Hill Chris Rusin
Marlon Byrd Rich Hill Addison Russell
Andrew Cashner Micah Hoffpauir Jeff Samardzija
Larry Cassian Cesar Izturis Rey Sanchez
Frank Castillo Brett Jackson Ryne Sandberg
Welington Castillo Reed Johnson Kyle Schwarber
Starlin Castro Jacque Jones Scott Servais
Ronny Cedeno Matt Karchner Jorge Soler
Rocky Cherry David Kelton Alfonso Soriano
Matt Clement Brooks Kieschnick    Sammy Sosa
Steve Clevenger Bryan LaHair Geovany Soto
Buck Coats Junior Lake Steve Smyth
Tyler Colvin Derrek Lee Matt Szczur
Willson Contreras Jon Lester Ryan Theriot
Juan Cruz Cole Liniak Ozzie Timmons
Wade Davis Greg Maddux Steve Trachsel
Blake DeWitt Dave Magadan Jermaine Van Buren
Rafael Dolis Carlos Marmol Todd Walker
Scott Downs Sean Marshall Todd Wellemeyer
Jason Dubuois Scott Moore Randy Wells
Carl Edwards Matt Murton Turk Wendell
Kyle Farnsworth Rod Myers Jerome Williams
Mike Fontenot Roberto Novoa Kerry Wood
Kevin Foster Will Ohman Travis Wood
Dexter Fowler Augie Ojeda Michael Wuertz
Kyuji Fujikawa Mike Olt Carlos Zambrano
Kosuke Fukudome Ryan O'Malley Rob Zastryzny
Sam Fuld Kevin Orie Julio Zuleta
Sean Gallagher Angel Pagan
Nomar Garciaparra Bob Patterson

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Lineup of the Unlikeable.

Yesterday's post featured John Lackey.  Lackey just doesn't seem to be a very likeable person.  I've tried to like him, because he is, afterall, wearing the Cubs pinstripes.

But he continues to do things that make him unlikeable (like giving up a walk off home run).

There aren't many Cubs players that I haven't liked.  But after looking over my binders, I was able to come up with an unlikeable lineup of nine.

Pitcher...the aforementioned John Lackey

Catcher... Todd Hundley.  He came to the Cubs as a high priced free agent and the son of a '69 Cub.  He wore out his welcome in less than a year.

First base...Joe Pepitone.  He took over at first after Ernie Banks retired and was the anti-Ernie. He seemed to be more concerned about personal glory than team success. 

Second base... He was with the Cubs for just a part of the 1979 season.  He complained at a team dinner that the Cubs were only picking up the cost of two bottles of wine per table. He should have been more concerned about his .248 average than with wine.  A little while later he was traded to the Red Sox.

Shortstop.. Alex Gonzalez.  His error cost the team the 2003 pennant.  He let Steve Bartman take all the heat.

Third Baseman... Ian Stewart  The Cubs sent DJ LeMahieu to the Rockies for this bum.  He hit .201 in 2012 and got a $2 million contract in 2013.  He was rehabbing in AAA, hitting .168, and had the nerve to complain about the way the team was treating him.

Outfielders... Dave Kingman, Milton Bradley, and George Bell.

Do you have players from your team that you just didn't like?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Should Have Posted This On Sunday

Prior to his two post-season starts, I showed all of the cards I've got of Kyle Hendricks.  He then went out and had two fantastic performances.

This bum has had two lousy performances. 

I should have posted this on Sunday.

Monday, October 16, 2017

2017 Topps Update Sorted By Teams

The Update set releases in a couple days.  The checklist came out last week so I've had a chance to see what Cubs will be coming:

Brett AndersonUS280

Chicago CubsUS44

Wade Davis ASUS224

Wade DavisUS228

Brian DuensingUS263

Ian Happ RCUS10
Ian Happ DebutUS37

Pierce Johnson RCUS179


Jose QuintanaUS212

Mark Zagunis RCUS221

So we get two cards each for Ian Happ and Wade Davis, two that are gone, one that's in the minors, and two team-type cards.  So of the eleven, there are only four actual update cards - Davis, Duensing, Happ, and Quintana.

For you other team collectors, here's a look at what you're chasing:

Angels Andrew Bailey US107
Angels Jesse Chavez US93
Angels Nolan Fontana RC US201
Angels Cameron Maybin US170
Angels Keynan Middleton RC US133
Angels Brooks Pounders US129
Angels Ben Revere US109
Angels Eric Young US265
Astros Jose Altuve AS US175
Astros Carlos Beltran US120
Astros BLAST OFF! US14
Astros Alex Bregman RD US150
Astros Carlos Correa AS US260
Astros Derek Fisher RD US194
Astros Derek Fisher RC US90
Astros Reymin Guduan RC US297
Astros Yulieski Gurriel RD US8
Astros Jordan Jankowski RC US297
Astros Dallas Keuchel AS US132
Astros Francis Martes RC US258
Astros Brian McCann US13
Astros Charlie Morton US39
Astros Josh Reddick US70
Astros George Springer AS US9
Athletics Yonder Alonso AS US245
Athletics Franklin Barreto RD US113
Athletics Franklin Barreto RC US279
Athletics Jaycob Brugman RC US187
Athletics Matt Chapman RC US4
Athletics Rajai Davis US278
Athletics Ryon Healy RD US241
Athletics Matt Joyce US59
Athletics Bobby Wahl RC US294
Blue Jays Anthony Alford RC US92
Blue Jays Chris Coghlan US173
Blue Jays J.P. Howell US216
Blue Jays Miguel Montero US76
Blue Jays Kendrys Morales US106
Blue Jays Mike Ohlman RC US256
Blue Jays Steve Pearce US26
Blue Jays Joe Smith US24
Blue Jays Dwight Smith RC US273
Blue Jays Justin Smoak AS US272
Braves Matt Adams US103
Braves Johan Camargo RC US45
Braves Jaime Garcia US182
Braves Ender Inciarte AS US248
Braves Sean Newcomb RC US162
Braves Danny Santana US31
Braves Kurt Suzuki US207
Braves Dansby Swanson RD US247
Brewers Orlando Arcia RD US193
Brewers Jett Bandy US266
Brewers Lewis Brinson RC US226
Brewers Josh Hader RC US209
Brewers Corey Knebel AS US191
Brewers Brett Phillips RC US96
Cardinals John Brebbia RC US105
Cardinals Brett Cecil US199
Cardinals Paul DeJong RC US219
Cardinals Carlos Martinez AS US164
Cardinals Yadier Molina AS US47
Cardinals Alex Reyes RD US249
Cardinals Magneuris Sierra RC US101
Cardinals Luke Voit RC US281
Cubs Brett Anderson US280
Cubs Chicago Cubs US44
Cubs Wade Davis AS US224
Cubs Wade Davis US228
Cubs Brian Duensing US263
Cubs Ian Happ RC US10
Cubs Ian Happ RD US37
Cubs Pierce Johnson RC US179
Cubs Jose Quintana US212
Cubs Mark Zagunis RC US221
Diamondbacks Daniel Descalso US251
Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt AS US277
Diamondbacks Zack Greinke AS US130
Diamondbacks Mitch Haniger RD US41
Diamondbacks Jake Lamb AS US177
Diamondbacks Robbie Ray AS US153
Diamondbacks Fernando Rodney US195
Diamondbacks   Taijuan Walker US233
Dodgers Cody Bellinger RD US214
Dodgers Cody Bellinger HR US300
Dodgers Cody Bellinger AS US38
Dodgers Cody Bellinger RC US50
Dodgers Brett Eibner US298
Dodgers Franklin Gutierrez US154
Dodgers Kenley Jansen AS US202
Dodgers Clayton Kershaw AS US223
Dodgers Corey Seager AS US110
Dodgers Justin Turner AS US244
Dodgers Alex Wood AS US257
Giants Christian Arroyo RD US21
Giants Christian Arroyo RC US25
Giants Nick Hundley US124
Giants Buster Posey AS US237
Giants Austin Slater RC US126
Indians Michael Brantley AS US84
Indians Yandy Diaz RC US151
Indians Nick Goody US79
Indians Corey Kluber AS US64
Indians Francisco Lindor AS US234
Indians Boone Logan US165
Indians Michael Martinez US282
Indians Andrew Miller AS US291
Indians Jose Ramirez AS US222
Indians Bradley Zimmer RD US118
Indians Bradley Zimmer RC US275
League “M” IS FOR “MASHING” US115
Mariners Robinson Cano AS US152
Mariners Nelson Cruz AS US34
Mariners Chase De Jong RC US135
Mariners Yovani Gallardo US213
Mariners Sam Gaviglio RC US104
Mariners Tuffy Gosewisch US293
Mariners Casey Lawrence RC US89
Mariners Andrew Moore RC US98
Mariners Taylor Motter US183
Mariners Emilio Pagan RC US181
Mariners James Pazos US149
Mariners Boog Powell RC US264
Mariners Carlos Ruiz US83
Mariners Marc Rzepczynski US246
Mariners Jean Segura US184
Mariners Drew Smyly US167
Marlins Justin Bour HR US134
Marlins A.J. Ellis US169
Marlins Jarlin Garcia RC US78
Marlins Jeff Locke US220
Marlins Marcell Ozuna AS US232
Marlins JT Riddle RC US159
Marlins Giancarlo Stanton AS US296
Marlins Giancarlo Stanton HR US65
Marlins Drew Steckenrider RC US29
Marlins Junichi Tazawa US71
Marlins Edinson Volquez US163
Marlins Ichiro US80
Mets Michael Conforto AS US168
Mets Tommy Milone US85
Mets Tyler Pill RC US3
Mets Neil Ramirez US239
Mets Fernando Salas US262
Mets Paul Sewald RC US3
Nationals Rafael Bautista RC US16
Nationals Joe Blanton US203
Nationals Adam Eaton US283
Nationals Bryce Harper AS US141
Nationals Adam Lind US36
Nationals Daniel Murphy AS US121
Nationals Anthony Rendon US290
Nationals Max Scherzer AS US261
Nationals Sammy Solis US210
Nationals Stephen Strasburg AS US95
Nationals Ryan Zimmerman AS US112
Orioles Stefan Crichton RC US255
Orioles Trey Mancini RD US227
Orioles Jonathan Schoop AS US292
Orioles Seth Smith US42
Orioles Logan Verrett US138
Padres Trevor Cahill US143
Padres Jhoulys Chacin US267
Padres Franchy Cordero RC US276
Padres Allen Cordoba RC US276
Padres Brad Hand AS US196
Padres Dinelson Lamet RC US35
Padres Dillon Overton US145
Padres Hunter Renfroe RD US22
Padres Clayton Richard US86
Padres Matt Szczur US61
Padres Luis Torrens RC US32
Padres Jered Weaver US68
Phillies Joaquin Benoit US72
Phillies Clay Buchholz US81
Phillies Casey Fien US5
Phillies Howie Kendrick US217
Phillies Andrew Knapp RC US160
Phillies Mark Leiter RC US287
Phillies Ben Lively RC US160
Phillies Pat Neshek AS US114
Phillies Pat Neshek US40
Phillies Ricardo Pinto RC US235
Phillies Nick Pivetta RC US235
Phillies Brock Stassi RC US171
Pirates Chris Bostick RC US238
Pirates Tyler Glasnow RD US116
Pirates Josh Harrison AS US136
Pirates Daniel Hudson US137
Pirates Dovydas Neverauskas RC US102
Pirates Gift Ngoepe RC US102
Pirates Danny Ortiz RC US30
Pirates Jose Osuna RC US66
Rangers Austin Bibens-Dirkx RC US49
Rangers Andrew Cashner US63
Rangers Yu Darvish AS US156
Rangers Jason Grilli US73
Rangers Mike Hauschild RC US242
Rangers Drew Robinson RC US28
Rangers Tyson Ross US229
Rays Jose Alvarado RC US147
Rays Chris Archer AS US17
Rays Peter Bourjos US284
Rays Jose De Leon RC US186
Rays Corey Dickerson AS US157
Rays Jacob Faria RC US240
Rays Trevor Plouffe US188
Rays Austin Pruitt RC US147
Rays Wilson Ramos US108
Rays Colby Rasmus US123
Rays Daniel Robertson RC US250
Rays Ryne Stanek RC US74
Rays Chih -Wei Hu RC US198
Red Sox Andrew Benintendi RD US225
Red Sox Mookie Betts AS US18
Red Sox Doug Fister US131
Red Sox Craig Kimbrel AS US269
Red Sox Tzu-We Lini RC US142
Red Sox Yoan Moncada RD US125
Red Sox Mitch Moreland US274
Red Sox Chris Sale US100
Red Sox Chris Sale AS US87
Red Sox Ben Taylor RC US295
Red Sox Sam Travis RC US289
Red Sox Hector Velazquez RC US243
Reds Barrett Astin RC US53
Reds Lisalverto Bonilla US12
Reds Jake Buchanan US75
Reds Luis Castillo RC US139
Reds Zack Cozart AS US205
Reds Rookie Davis RC US211
Reds Phillip Ervin RC US158
Reds Scott Feldman US285
Reds Amir Garrett RD US254
Reds Ariel Hernandez RC US48
Reds Sal Romano RC US140
Reds Stuart Turner RC US178
Reds Joey Votto AS US43
Reds Jesse Winker RC US271
Rockies Alexi Amarista US97
Rockies Nolan Arenado AS US27
Rockies Charlie Blackmon AS US144
Rockies Charlie Blackmon HR US299
Rockies David Dahl RD US146
Rockies Mike Dunn US252
Rockies Kyle Freeland RC US60
Rockies Jeff Hoffman RD US286
Rockies Greg Holland US119
Rockies Greg Holland AS US218
Rockies DJ LeMahieu AS US230
Rockies Antonio Senzatela RC US127
Royals Jorge Bonifacio RC US51
Royals Neftali Feliz US117
Royals Jason Hammel US172
Royals Jake Junis RC US56
Royals Brandon Moss US174
Royals Mike Moustakas HR US180
Royals Mike Moustakas AS US77
Royals Salvador Perez AS US33
Royals Eric Skoglund RC US19
Royals Jorge Soler US88
Royals Ramon Torres RC US6
Royals Jason Vargas AS US20
Royals Travis Wood US62
Tigers Alex Avila US69
Tigers Chad Bell RC US189
Tigers Matt Boyd US82
Tigers Michael Fulmer AS US52
Tigers Joe Jimenez RC US215
Tigers Justin Upton AS US94
Twins Matt Belisle US253
Twins Justin Haley RC US161
Twins Chris Heston US204
Twins Randy Rosario RC US208
Twins Miguel Sano HR US268
Twins Miguel Sano AS US288
Twins Ervin Santana AS US128
Twins Ervin Santana US58
White Sox Dylan Covey RC US46
White Sox Adam Engel RC US7
White Sox Avisail Garcia AS US67
White Sox Willy Garcia RC US7
White Sox Brad Goldberg RC US190
White Sox Derek Holland US23
White Sox Reynaldo Lopez RC US231
White Sox Jacob May RC US192
White Sox Yoan Moncada RC US200
Yankees Tyler Austin RD US259
Yankees Dellin Betances AS US197
Yankees Starlin Castro AS US236
Yankees Domingo German RC US2
Yankees Kyle Higashioka RC US15
Yankees Aaron Judge HR US1
Yankees Aaron Judge AS US166
Yankees Aaron Judge RD US99
Yankees Jordan Montgomery RC US91
Yankees Gary Sanchez HR US11
Yankees Gary Sanchez AS US270
Yankees Luis Severino AS US55
Yankees Ronald Torreyes US54

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,091 Cubs cards from 122 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1950 Bowman #231 Preston Ward  The 1950 season was Wards first full season with the Cubs, having been purchased from the Dodgers over the previous winter.  He played in 80 games and hit .253.  

1980s: 1989 Topps #593 Drew Hall  I'm pleased the #44 is in much more capable hands today (Anthony Rizzo) than it was in the late Eighties.  Hall never played for the '89 Cubs as he was part of the trade with the Rangers that saw Rafael Palmeiro go to Texas with Mitch Williams coming to the Cubs.

1990s: 1995 Donruss #429 Randy Myers For the second time in three years, the Cubs closer led the NL in saves, with 38 in 1995.  Myers had 112 saves over those three years, but the Cubs didn't try to resign him afte the '95 season.  

2000s: 2002 Heritage #248 Kerry Wood Using the 1953 design, Heritage gives us a nice, tight shot of Kerry Wood.

2010s: 2016 Factory Box World Series Cubs #WS17 Jon Lester  I sure hope I'll have to buy a box of this in 2017!

Saturday, October 14, 2017



That's about all I can say about Game 5.

Falling behind early.....Taking a big lead....Letting the lead slowly erode...hanging on in the end.  It was a crazy roller coaster of a game.

I was most impressed by Wade Davis.

After being terrible in spring training, he put together a great season, converting all but one save opportunity during the regular season.  After giving up a grand slam on Wednesday, he comes back on Thursday for a seven out save.

The guy seemed to be on fumes in the 8th inning and was bailed out by a Willson Contreras pick-off.  The Nats had the top of their order coming up in the 9th and I had a very uneasy feeling.  But Davis somehow found something left in the tank and recorded the Cubs only 1-2-3 inning of the night, including striking out Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper.

I wonder if Davis will complain over the off-season that Joe Maddon misused him.  I'm thinking not.

So now its on to LA where everything from last year's NLDS is flipped.  Its the Dodgers that have the most wins in the NL, home field, rest from a 4 game NLCS, and the favor of the odds makers.

Should be interesting....

Friday, October 13, 2017

2017 Heritage Inserts

I usually write my posts the night before and schedule them to go live at 7:00 a.m.  I'm writing this an hour before the Cubs and Nats battle in game five.  This post has nothing to do with the game because I'm trying to keep my mind (and nervousness) off of it.

Since I showed all of the regular Cubs cards from Heritage, let's now take a look at all of the inserts.

The 29 cards break down this way:
Clubhouse Collection - 10
1968 Game - 4
Combo Card - 1
Award Winners - 3
New Age Performers - 3
Baseball Flashback - 2
Then and Now - 3
1968 Discs - 3

So writing this did nothing...I'm still nervous.  I hope that when this goes up the Cubs will have moved on to the NLCS.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Oh, Boy...

Here we go again with an elimation game on enemy turf.

I hope tonight turns out a well as the last time, though my confidence is much lower than it was in 2016.

I showed all of Kyle Hendrick's cards the last time he took the mound and the results were great.  It worth a shot again for tonight!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Look At All The 2017 Heritage Cubs

I can do some summarizing now that I've got all of the Heritage high cards in hand.

There were a lot of Cubs this year.  Just among the base cards I've got 45 different Cubs cards.  They break down like this:

Team card - 1
Players - 28
All Stars - 2
Combo cards - 2
League Leaders - 4
World Series - 8

Six of the 28 players are no longer with the Cubs (Anderson, Hammel, Johnson, Montero, Szczur, and Wood).  Of the 22 still with the Cubs, four are not on the NLDS roster (Grimm, Rondon, Uehara, and Zastryzny).  That leaves just 18 of the 28 currently active.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Complete Cubs Clubhouse Collection

As I said yesterday, I try to get all of the Cubs single player Clubhouse Collection cards from Heritage.  With the ten from 2017, the complete Cubs Clubhouse Collection consists of 46 cards.

Of the 46, 16 come from just the last two seasons.  Good teams and the addition of the high set would be the main reason for the increased numbers.  Here's how the number of cards has varied over the years.

0 cards - 2001, 2007, 2011, 2014
1 card - 2005, 2006
2 cards - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2015
4 cards - 2008, 2010, 2012
5 cards - 2009
6 cards - 2016
10 cards - 2017

I've made two tiles to show the collection.  The horizontal tile has cards from 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016.   The veritcal years were 2008, 2009, and 2017.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Heritage High Relic Cards

Heritage is one of two sets (the other is Ginter) in which I attempt to get all of the Cubs' simple relic cards. By simple I mean the single player, unnunmbered versions.  The 2017 Heritage High set has five Cubs players.


Due to a lack of originality, Topps saw fit to include Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in the high set even though they both had relics in the main set.


The other three are 2017 first-timers.

WIth five from high and five in the main set, that makes ten Cubs relics cards (for eight different players).  That pretty decent representation.