Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Major League Players With South Bend Cubs Cards

 I did some research with all of my South Bend Cubs cards.  This is their ninth season as a Cubs affiliate (it should be their tenth, but covid wiped out 2020).  There are team sets for each of the years.

Here's what I found....

  • There are 280 player cards, but not 280 players since several have cards in more than one set
  • 42 of the players on a card have made it to the majors
  • 32 made their MLB debut with the Cubs
  • 10 had their debut with other teams
  • The most Cubs from a single set is the 2018 set, with nine.
  • There were six players from the 2017 set that played with other teams
  • The first player with a South Bend card to make the majors is David Bote, with a card in the 2015 set
  • The most recent is Luke Little, who has a card in the 2023 set.

2015 - Bote debuted with the Cubs, Torres and Vosler with other teams

2016 - Alzolay, Effross, Higgins, Norwood, and Steele with the Cubs, Jimenez with another team

2017 - Miller, Payne and Swamer with the Cubs, Cease, Hudson, Machin, Paredes,Pereda, and Short with other teams.

2018 -  All nine with the Cubs

2019 - All four with the Cubs

2021 - All three with the Cubs

2022 - Canario, Estrada, Mervis, Padilla, Palencia, and Wicks with the Cubs, Herz with another team

2023 - Little with the Cubs

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

2024 South Bend Cubs Team Set

 As I mentioned yesterday, we were doing a bike ride in South Bend.  I saw that the 2024 South Bend Cubs team set was now available, so we took a side ride to the Cubs Den and I picked up the cards.

The set has 39 cards... 1 checklist, 4 staff members, and 34 players.

Choice made the cards as they have for all of the other SB Cubs sets.  The backs have something I haven't seen before.

There is a QR code to get up to date stats on the player.  That is a pretty nice feature.  Right now there are eleven other Choice minor league sets on TCDB and just one of them has QR codes on the back.


This is the header card with a checklist on the back.



These are the cards for the manager and coaches.


















Will we see any of these at Wrigley Field in the next couple of years??

Monday, June 10, 2024

Quick Post

 Just a quick post today....we're riding bikes in South Bend.  I'll be stopping at the Cubs Den to get the 2024 SB Cubs team set.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Five Random Cubs Cards

 I've got 21,805 Cubs cards from 317 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1967  Topps #16 Bill Hands This card has it all!  A posed shot with a good look at the shoulder logo and a jacket-wearing pitcher trying to lose a couple of pounds.

1980s: 1983 Topps Glossy Send-Ins #24 Bill Buckner  Billy Buck always seemed to take nice pictures, smiling... but man was he hairy!

1990s: 1999  Topps TV #29 Dave Clark The 1990 season saw Clark used mainly as a pinch hitter.  He played in 84 games but started in just 35 of those.

2000s: 2007 Topps Chrome #280 Felix Pie He came into the 2007 season with a lot of rookie hype.  But it was just hype and there wasn't much to back it up as he batted just .215 and had more strikeout than hits.

2010s: 2011 Topps Diamond #655 Starlin Castro Rookie Cup This short-printed diamond version cost me a whole lot more in 2011 than what its worth today.