Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Well, here we go....

I got back into collecting cards about a year ago (the complete story will be saved for a future post) and have spent the last year completing my collection of Topps Cubs team sets. I was looking for on-line information about cards and have recently started reading many of the blogs out there. While I found team specific blogs on several teams, I could not find one for the Cubs. I figured, why not start one. So here we go…

I currently collect from just the base sets and traded/update sets. From 1951 – 2008 by my count there are a total of 1,730 Topps Cubs cards. I have 1,702 of them, which is 98%.

Missing from my Cubs collection are…

  • 27 of the 28 cards from 1952 (I have Hank Sauer), although I do have a complete Topps Archives set of the ’52 set

  • Ernie Banks 1954 rookie card, although again, I do have the archives set card.

Anyone out there with any ’52 Cubs that you’re looking to get rid of, give me a holler! And if you’ve got a spare ’54 Banks, I’ll be happy to give that card a new home.

My collection also includes all of the Fleer and Donruss base sets and traded sets cards of the Cubs from 1981 until they stopped, which adds another 734 cards from Fleer and 527 cards from Donruss.

I left the hobby in the mid 90's when all of the other different companies and releases became common. It got to be too much for me. I am just a simple base set kind of guy.

On my return I was intrigued by the concept of the Topps Heritage set, so I worked on adding all of the Cubs from the Heritage sets to my collection.

I’m not sure what to add next…anyone have any suggestions???

Here are my Topps Cubs bookends…

The First Topps Cubs card, 1951 Redback #14, Wayne Terwilliger

And the last, 2008 Updates and Highlights #292, Ryan Dempster


  1. Welcome to the Hobby Blogosphere!!! You have now been added to the Sports Card Blogroll, as well as the Topps Baseball Card Blog.


    JayBee Anama

  2. Hi, Paul. Welcome back to the hobby. Thanks for featuring my blog. I'll add you to my list of daily reads. I like what I see so far.

  3. Hi, Paul I will add you to my blog roll.

  4. I have added you to my blog roll at Nachos Grande. Good luck with the new blog - always interesting for a Reds fan to read about baseball through a Cubs fan's eyes!

  5. Are you sure you want to do this? Pretty soon you will be skipping meals to make posts, buying cards so you can post about them, scurrying to the Post office so you can mail off cards for trades.

    Welcome aboard! Will be looking fwd to some fun Cubs content. Your off to a good start, I have always loved the floating heads cards of the Cubs - And your banner has is right up there with the best of the bloggers - perhaps you could add a "W" flag over on the Right Hand side. Ok gotta go back to watchin that Hockey game at Wrigley field - I think thats pretty cool.

  6. Happy New Year!

    Best of luck with your site. I've added you to my alarmingly long blog list and I look forward to reading it in 2009.

  7. Thanks for all of your kind words and encouragement.

    And here go the Blackhawks at Wrigley, blowing a lead just like the Cubs!

  8. I agree with Deal, Welcome to the disease that is card blogging. Your life is about to change. It's not too soon to turn back. Just remember to have fun with it and you'll be alright. I have added you to my blog list, and look forward to reading your site. May I suggest Steve Bartman riding around on a goat for your logo?

  9. I was pointed to this blog by a friend who shared the page about the 1979 TCMA cards (one of only two pre-1980 Ernie Banks cards I need), and I got hooked. I'm in the process of reading these from the beginning. This should be fun!