Sunday, July 3, 2022

Five Random Cubs Cards

 I've got 20,572 Cubs cards from 304 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1959 Topps #429 Bobby Thomson  I took me years to finally spell his last name correctly. I always wanted to spell it "Thompson."

1980s: 1989 Fleer #437 Ryne Sandberg  Some day I have to play around with the 1989 Fleer set and change the gray border to blue, so the card would look like the Cubs late '70s - early 80's pajama road uniforms.

1990s: 1992 Sports Report #17 Ryne Sandberg The Sports Report was a short-lived guide that included cards in the magazine.  There were just two issues and Ryno was in both. This card is from the initial promotional issue.

2000s: 2009 Factory Team Set #CHC14 Ryan Theriot The Riot had career highs in games played (154) and home runs (7) for the Cubs in 2009.

2010s: 2017 Allen & Ginter Mini #161 Ernie Banks  What a great card - mini Ginter with Mr. Cub beaming!

Saturday, July 2, 2022

I Was at Wrigley on Thursday

I was able to see the Cubs in person for the third time in a week.  Last week I saw them twice while on vacation in Pittsburgh. This week it was at Wrigley.  Friends with season tickets gave me theirs for the game as a retirement gift.  

The game turned out great as the Cubs won 15-7.  It was the second of the three I saw that were Cubs wins in blow-outs.  It was also the second time I saw a position player pitch.  

I gotta say that while it was nice to see the Cubs pick up some easy runs, I don't like it.  It seems like it has become standard practice for a position player to pitch the last inning of a blow out game.  It happens way too often and it cheapens the game.  I will now step off of my soapbox.

I did learn something new yesterday.

The W of the word Wintrust on the left field video board blinks after a Cubs win.  While the fans sing "Go Cubs Go" and the W flag is raised on top of the scoreboard, the W is blinking. I think it would be more obvious if they turned off completely the "intrust" so all you'd see is the W.  But I doubt that Wintrust would go for that. 

Friday, July 1, 2022

Cubs #45 and 46

 There are two more Cubs cards to add, but I didn't have to make either.  Both come compliments of Topps series two.

Alec Mills was activated off of the IL on June 7 but I somehow failed to make a card for him back then.  Oops!

David Bote came back after missing the first part of the season when he was activated on June 17.  My excuse is that I was on vacation then.

The Cubs have been adding an average of almost 7 players per month.  That puts them on a pace to have 67 total players, which is two short of the MLB record 69 players last year.  Come on boys... pick up the pace so we can set another record!

Thursday, June 30, 2022

2022 Topps Series 2 Cubs Inserts

 The Cubs are pretty thing in the inserts in series two.  The were shut out of Diamond Great Die-Cuts, Generation Now, Home Field Advantage, Home Run Challenge, No-Hit Club, Significant Statistics, Stars of MLB, and Sweet Shades.  

Stroman is the lone Cub in the 1987 Topps set.  

Ryno was the only Cubs in 50-card All Star set.



The Cubs were 4 for 100 with the Silver Pack set.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

2022 Topps Series 2 Cubs Short-Print Variations

  Topps continues to crank out the photo variation cards.  I gave up on most of them a couple of years ago.  I have no more interest in the cards that have a different photo of the same player.  The only ones I now chase are the legend variations that replace a current player with a retired player.  There are two Cubs in series two.

Ernie Banks' card #490 was swapped for Nico Hoerner.  Yes, they are both shortstops, but Nico Hoerner is no Ernie Banks!

Wishful thinking on Topps' part has Nick Madrigal's #466 being replaced by Ryne Sandberg.  Again, same positions but definitely not the same player.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

2022 Topps Series 2 Cubs

 My series two Cubs cards came while I was on vacation. 

The Cubs fared much better in series two, with twelve cards compared to the five in series one.  However, of the twelve, four of them are no longer with the team.

Series two has become a later release of series one and the update set is now series two.  It seems that the print deadlines keep getting moved further up.  At this point Topps should go back to releasing the entire set at once and make the update set a truly updated set.

Case in point: The Cubs signed Marcus Stroman on December 1.  He was included in the Cubs blister pack team set.  Yet he is not in series two.  How does that happen?

The team card shows a rare 2021 win celebration.



Noting too out of the ordinary with the seven players that are still on the team.


These are the four not with the Cubs.  Alzolay is on the 60 day IL, Davies and Thompson left as a free agents in November, and Deichmann was DFA'ed and is with Iowa. 

Monday, June 27, 2022

Three New Rule Followers

 I've picked up three new autograph collection rule followers.  All three have a certified autograph that shows them as a Cub in a season that they played for the Cubs.


Nick Madrigal and Alfonso Rivas were both included in Inception's Rookies and Emerging Stars set.  I think that is a stretch for both of them.

Marcus Stoman was on Gypsy Queen's checklist.  I'd imagine that he will have autographs in several other sets.  This is the blank name version, which is a really dumb idea.  You need the printed name to figure out the player since you can't tell by trying to read the autograph.

I'm now up to 147 different players that follow my rule.  I counted ten that are currently on the Cubs active roster.  I didn't think that there would have been that many.

Terry AdamsCarl EdwardsJunior LakeHenry Rodriguez
Arismendy Alcantara  Kyle FarnsworthDerrek LeeAramis Ramirez
Albert AlmoraMike FontenotJon LeiberHenry Rodriguez
Moises AlouKevin FosterJon LesterChris Rusin
Adbert AlzolayDexter FowlerCole LiniakAddison Russell
Jake ArrietaKyuji FujikawaGreg MadduxJeff Samardzija
Javier BaezKosuke FukudomeNick MadrigalRey Sanchez
Darwin BarneySam FuldDave MagadanRyne Sandberg
Francis BeltranSean GallagherDillon MaplesKyle Schwarber
David BoteNomar Garciaparra  Carlos MarmolScott Servais
Milton BradleyMatt GarzaSean MarshallJorge Soler
Roosevelt BrownLeo GomezAlec MillsAlfonso Soriano
Kris BryantTom GorzelannyScott MooreSammy Sosa
Scott BullettKevin GreggMatt MurtonGeovany Soto
Freddie BynumAngel GuzmanRod MyersSteve Smyth
Marlon ByrdJason HammelThomas NealMarcus Stroman
Jeimer CandelarioTodd HaneyJames Norwood  Matt Szczur
Victor CaratiniIan HappRoberto NovoaRyan Theriot
Andrew CashnerBrendan HarrisWill OhmanKeegan Thompson
Larry CassianKevin HartAugie OjedaOzzie Timmons
Frank CastilloKyle HendricksMike OltSteve Trachsel
Welington CastilloJason HeywardRyan O'MalleyDuane Underwood
Starlin CastroJose HernandezKevin OrieJermaine Van Buren
Ronny CedenoBobby HillAngel PaganJosh Vitters
Rocky CherryRich HillBob PattersonTodd Walker
Matt ClementNico HoernerEric PattersonTodd Wellemeyer
Steve ClevengerMicah HoffpauirCorey PattersonRandy Wells
Buck CoatsCesar IzturisDavid PattonTurk Wendell
Tyler ColvinBrett JacksonJoc PedersonJerome Williams
Willson ContrerasReed JohnsonCarlos PenaKerry Wood
Juan CruzJacque JonesBilly PetrickTravis Wood
Yu DarvishMatt KarchnerFelix PieMichael Wuertz
Wade DavisDavid KeltonLou PiniellaCarlos Zambrano
Blake DeWittBrooks Kieschnick Mark PriorRob Zastryzny
Rafael DolisCraig KimbrelBrooks RaleyBen Zobrist
Scott DownsBryan LaHairAlfonso RivasJulio Zuleta
Jason DubuoisTommy LaStellaAnthony Rizzo