Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Varied Colors - 1960

The 1960 design marks the first time Topps used a horizontal layout since using the smaller card size. The color was varied in several elements.  The background of the smaller player picture changed.  The band on the bottom of the card varied, too, as did the font color for the team name and position.  The letters of the name alternated between two colors and those two colors varied depending on the color of the band.  It was a hot mess of colors!

The winner for the Cubs was a green band with a yellow small-picture background.  That makes two years in a row where green was the predominant Cubs color.  Yuk!

Once again, none of these combinations do much for me.

This would be my preference, if Topps had used this combo, blue band and red background

Monday, October 15, 2018

Varied Colors - 1959

The 1959 set was filled with color, as the Topps design had the player's picture cropped inside a circle with a bright colored matte.  The matte on the Cubs cards included seven different colors.  The font for the players name changed colors too, depending on the color of the matte, as did the team name and position.

The color winner for the set was a green matte.  What a awful choice for the blue and red Cubs.

None of these colors make nice looking Cubs cards.  There isn't a blue or a red matte.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 16,082 Cubs cards from 135 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1978 Topps #564 Mick Kelleher  Kelleher was the Cubs main utility infield guy in 1978.  He played in 68 games and hit .253.  That average was pretty good for him, 40 points above his career average.

1980s: 1989 Score Traded #85 Jerome Walton  1989 me: Look, a Jerome Walton rookie card.  He's going to win the Rookie of the Year!  This is going to be worth a fortune!   
Today's me:  a fortune = 18¢ at Sportlots.

1990s: 1990 Topps Stickers #46 Ryne Sandberg  Ryno's charging the  ball to make a play!  It's a sunny day and he's wearing flip-down sunglasses.... awesome!!

2000s: 2005 Baseball Heroes #66 Ryne Sandberg  The cards says "1984 Sandberg Does it All" but the picture is from 1997.

2010s: 2017 Heritage #9 Jon Lester Wins Leaders  With his 18 wins, Lester will be on the 2019 version of this card.  That's some nice symmetry with the 1970 set because...

..... another Fergie was on it.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Varied Colors - 1958

In 1958 Topps made cards that were much more colorful than the previous years'.  They also went back to cropping around the player and using a solid background color.

The background colors varied, as did the band at the bottom of the card, and the font color for the team, name, and position.

There were eight different color combinations used for the Cubs, though one combo was by far the most common.  Of  the 27 cards, 19 have a yellow background, red team name, red band, black position, and white team name.  None of the other combinations tallied more that two cards.  The pictograph shows just how much the yellow outnumbered the others.

Sadly for me, none of the cards have a blue and red combination.  My winner would be a red background and a blue band.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Varied Colors - 1957

The big change for Topps in 1957 was the little cards.  The size a card was reduced to the now familiar 2½" x 3½".

The design, though, was about as basic as you can get.  It is just a picture, and the player's name, position, and team.

Topps did mix up the font colors, however.  For the Cubs, the most popular combination was yellow first name, white last name, yellow team name, white position.  The next most-used was with the white and yellow reversed. They had just a couple that used red or blue in the mix.  All together there are six different color combinations for the Cubs.

My favorite shows up on just one card.

I guess I'm pretty partial to using blue and red on Cubs cards!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Varied Colors - 1956

In 1956 Topps again varied the colors of the name band and position / team band.  The Cubs cards featured seven different variations.

The big winner was the red name / yellow position team band.  It was used on ten of the twenty Cubs cards.

For me, the red / yellow combination would be scrapped and all of the Cubs would be...

...  blue and red.  Again, Cub colors look the best.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Varied Colors - 1955

Today we move ahead a year to 1955.

With this set, the colors of the name band was changed up.  The Cubs cards were made up of four different colors.

Black was the winner, with yellow following close by.  Blue and red, the Cubs' colors, showed up on just two cards.  If I was on the Topps design team I would have made all of the Cubs cards blue.

They'd all look like this.... a blue band and a red background.  That looks very Cub.