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.
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Saturday, July 2, 2022
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
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
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.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
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.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
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?
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
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.
|Terry Adams||Carl Edwards||Junior Lake||Henry Rodriguez|
|Arismendy Alcantara||Kyle Farnsworth||Derrek Lee||Aramis Ramirez|
|Albert Almora||Mike Fontenot||Jon Leiber||Henry Rodriguez|
|Moises Alou||Kevin Foster||Jon Lester||Chris Rusin|
|Adbert Alzolay||Dexter Fowler||Cole Liniak||Addison Russell|
|Jake Arrieta||Kyuji Fujikawa||Greg Maddux||Jeff Samardzija|
|Javier Baez||Kosuke Fukudome||Nick Madrigal||Rey Sanchez|
|Darwin Barney||Sam Fuld||Dave Magadan||Ryne Sandberg|
|Francis Beltran||Sean Gallagher||Dillon Maples||Kyle Schwarber|
|David Bote||Nomar Garciaparra||Carlos Marmol||Scott Servais|
|Milton Bradley||Matt Garza||Sean Marshall||Jorge Soler|
|Roosevelt Brown||Leo Gomez||Alec Mills||Alfonso Soriano|
|Kris Bryant||Tom Gorzelanny||Scott Moore||Sammy Sosa|
|Scott Bullett||Kevin Gregg||Matt Murton||Geovany Soto|
|Freddie Bynum||Angel Guzman||Rod Myers||Steve Smyth|
|Marlon Byrd||Jason Hammel||Thomas Neal||Marcus Stroman|
|Jeimer Candelario||Todd Haney||James Norwood||Matt Szczur|
|Victor Caratini||Ian Happ||Roberto Novoa||Ryan Theriot|
|Andrew Cashner||Brendan Harris||Will Ohman||Keegan Thompson|
|Larry Cassian||Kevin Hart||Augie Ojeda||Ozzie Timmons|
|Frank Castillo||Kyle Hendricks||Mike Olt||Steve Trachsel|
|Welington Castillo||Jason Heyward||Ryan O'Malley||Duane Underwood|
|Starlin Castro||Jose Hernandez||Kevin Orie||Jermaine Van Buren|
|Ronny Cedeno||Bobby Hill||Angel Pagan||Josh Vitters|
|Rocky Cherry||Rich Hill||Bob Patterson||Todd Walker|
|Matt Clement||Nico Hoerner||Eric Patterson||Todd Wellemeyer|
|Steve Clevenger||Micah Hoffpauir||Corey Patterson||Randy Wells|
|Buck Coats||Cesar Izturis||David Patton||Turk Wendell|
|Tyler Colvin||Brett Jackson||Joc Pederson||Jerome Williams|
|Willson Contreras||Reed Johnson||Carlos Pena||Kerry Wood|
|Juan Cruz||Jacque Jones||Billy Petrick||Travis Wood|
|Yu Darvish||Matt Karchner||Felix Pie||Michael Wuertz|
|Wade Davis||David Kelton||Lou Piniella||Carlos Zambrano|
|Blake DeWitt||Brooks Kieschnick||Mark Prior||Rob Zastryzny|
|Rafael Dolis||Craig Kimbrel||Brooks Raley||Ben Zobrist|
|Scott Downs||Bryan LaHair||Alfonso Rivas||Julio Zuleta|
|Jason Dubuois||Tommy LaStella||Anthony Rizzo|