Saturday, June 15, 2019

2019 Big League Cubs Inserts

2019 Big League has several insert sets though not was many as other brands, as Big League is supposed to be for the kids.

This set highlights big blasts from 2018.  Baez had the third-longest of the season, a 481' shot on August 23rd.


El Mago and J-Hey are in the Nicknames set.  Heyward makes an insert set but not the base set.  I always find that to be odd.

The Star Caricature set has 30 cards and after a quick rundown of the checklist, it looks like there is one card for each team.  Rizzo is the Cubs representative.

Two other sets, Wall Climbers and Ballpark Oddities, are Cub-less.

Friday, June 14, 2019

2019 Big League Cubs

The sophomore edition of Big League came out about a month ago.  The 400-card set is targeting younger collectors.  It's supposed to be what the flagship set was years ago.

Last year's inaugural set had a basic design.  This year Topps got more elaborate, with a wood background and a layered card look.

There are twelve Cubs players in the set.



The league leader cards, Stat Kings,  had a couple Cubs among them

Those are some nice-looking leader cards.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

James Norwood Follows the Rules!

I've added my 134th autograph rule following Cub.

Rookie James Norwood has pitched in one game for the Cubs, on May 24.  He had been added to the roster earlier in the day.  His stay with the Cubs lasted just 24 hours and it was back to Iowa.

That brief appearance was good enough for me and my autograph collection, though.

My rule is that if a player has a certified autograph for a year that he played for the Cubs and the card shows him as a Cub, then he goes into my collection.

This Prizm rookie card is from 2019 and shows Norwood as a Cub, so James Norwood becomes the 134th player in my certified autograph collection.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Red Foley Recap

Yesterday I finished up the ten year run of Red Foley cards.

The covers had just two different formats over the years.

The checklists were pretty consistent too, with 130 stickers in each of the first seven years, then 36, 36, and 32 cards in years eight through ten.

The number of Cubs varied from a high of six (1991 and 1992) to a low of one (1996).

The most popular Cubs were Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg.  Each were included in five different years and have seven stickers each (two extra All-Star stickers bumped the total).

Below is a tile with all 39 of the Red Foley Cubs.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

1996 Red Foley Cubs

The 1996 edition of Red Foley was the last.  It came to a sputtering end, with just 32 cards on the checklist.  Team leader cards were gone and all 32 were of individual players.  Just one Cub made the set.

Monday, June 10, 2019

1995 Red Foley Cubs

The 1995 edition repeated the new 1994 format - full-sized cards with one leaders card for each team and eight superstars.

This is the one and only card for 1995... and the leaders are the same as they were on the 1994 card.  The only change is the border is yellow instead of orange.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 16,831 Cubs cards from 198 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1952 Bowman #104 Hal Jeffcoat  The '52 Bowman set is one of the few reprint sets that I have in my collection.  I don't see myself getting the real deals any time soon.

1980s: 1988 Donruss Baseball's Best #228 Jamie Moyer  Donruss was really stretching by including Jamie Moyer in a set called Baseball's Best.  His 1987 record was 12-15 and his ERA was 5.10.  That is not what I would consider "Best."

1990s: 1993 SP #84 Jose Guzman  The Cubs signed Guzman to a 4 year, $14 million dollar contract prior to the '93 season.  Kudos to Upper Deck for showing him as a Cub in this 1993 set.

2000s: 2003 Jewish Major Leaguers #87 Ed Mayer  He had a big league career of just 22 games.  The lefty was no Sandy Koufax.

2010s: 2017 Topps Memorable Moments #2 Anthony Rizzo  Yes, that was a memorable moment!!