Saturday, August 24, 2019

My First 2019 Heritage High Number Cards

Brentandbecca is back and busting.  I'm awaiting a double shipment - Heritage High Numbers and Archives.

A couple of the Heritage insert sets were retail only, so I had to use other sources.  Both were easy to find and fairly cheap on Ebay.

Bryant was included in the candy lid set while Baez got a cloth sticker.

The rest of my Heritage should be arriving within the next week.

Friday, August 23, 2019

2013 Ginter Mini Cubs

I've had about 120 of the Allen & Ginter mini cards show up.  Most sets still have a few holes, but the 2013 set is complete. Unfortunately, it has one of the ugliest mini cards.

A quick word about the tile - I have it set at five cards across because that matches the sheets in the binder.

Take a look at all sixteen of the 2013 cards and see if you find the card I consider to be the ugly one.  I think that it really sticks out like a sore thumb.

The ugly one?

This horitzonal card of Koskus Fukudome.  It looks really out of place when you compare it to all the vertical cards.  A nice looking page is ruined by one stinker.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

2005 Reflections Cubs

The 2005 version of Reflections was quite different from the 2004 debut set.  It was smaller by nearly 100 cards, from 390 down to 286.  The jerseys and autographs were no longer part of the base set.  All the numbered base cards were regular cards.  The first 200 were in the original release and the final 86 were in the update.

The 2005 set also included retired players.


Too bad they couldn't find a color picture for Ernie. That black and white doesn't look good.

Twelve modern Cubs were on the checklist, including five rookies with the "Future Reflections" tag.  Only one of the five did much for the Cubs, Geovany Soto.  The rest were busts.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

2004 Reflections Cubs

Most of the older sets that I've picked up over the past six months have been oddballs, one-and-dones, and logoless.  Today I've got one that is from a major company, lasted two years, and has logos.

Upper Deck issued a set called "Reflections" in 2004 and 2005.  Below are the Cubs from 2004.  The full set consists of 390 cards, but they are broken down into several subsets.
#1-100: regular cards
#101-130: Rookie Reflections
#131-298: Jersey cards, in four different levels
#298-340: Autograph cards
#341-390: Update series Rookies

You don't often see jersey and autographs numbered as part of the main set.  When I put my Cubs set together, I skipped the jerseys and autographs and picked up just the regular cards.  Among the 280 regular cards are eleven Cubs.





Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Oops... Awesome! The 2019 Allen & GInter Mini Cubs

I love it when mistakes turn into a positive....

I recently saw a mini version of the Cubs 2019 Ginter set.  It was at a decent price so I grabbed it.  Since I wasn't getting Ginter from Brentandbecca this year, I was proud of myself for getting the cards from one seller at a decent price.

I put the cards into a tobacco card sheet and really liked the look of it... don't they look awesome!  In fact, I like the look of it better that the regular Ginter cards.  After all, the original Ginter was a tobacco product.

I wondered what this set looked like compared to other Ginter sets, so I grabbed the binder to compare.  That's when I had my "oops" moment.

Turns out I have never done the Ginter minis.

I just assumed I got those with all the other stuff from Brent and I assumed incorrectly.

But I really like the looks of the minis. So...

A new quest!

I've been shopping at Sportlots, Ebay, Beckett, and COMC and have found all of the Ginter Cubs minis going back to the first set in 2006.  They are arriving in spurts.  Once I have them all in hand I'll take a year by year look at them.

Monday, August 19, 2019

2019 Finest Cubs Inserts

There were just three insert sets in 2019 Finest.  That seems like a very low number- and a very reasonable number!

Ian Happ is among the Blue Chips.  Since he spent more than half of the season in AAA, he should be a lesser color chip.  What color would that be?


Two Cubs made the Prized Performer set and they belong there!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 17,141 Cubs cards from 200 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1964 Topps #237 Cubs Team  The card is from the 1964 set but the picture that Topps used is on the 1959 Cubs.  Almost all of the players in the picture were no longer with the Cubs. 

1980s: 1988 Donruss #9 Andre Dawson  A good choice for the Cub's 1988 Diamond King - the 1987 National League MVP

1990s: 1990 Pacific Legends #58 Billy Williams  Billy was included in all three of the Pacific Legends sets.  The 1990 set was the last, and it looks like a 1966 or 1967 Billy in front of the dugout at Wrigley Field.

2000s: 2006 Upper Deck #86 Wade Miller This is one of two cards from Miller in the 2006 set.  A later version shows in a Cub uniform.

2010s: 2011 Topps #502 Jeff Baker Limited Edition Factory Set Topps cranked out all sorts of different parallels and sets in their 60th anniversary year.  This is the Diamond Anniversary set with the Topps logo replaced by the anniversary logo.