Monday, November 30, 2015

WW's Best Actual Binder Page

I'm going to tweak Junior Junkies binder page idea.  

Instead of taking nine cards from my collection and putting them and putting them into a page, I'm using actual binder pages.  These are pages as they reside in my binders.  I couldn't narrow it down to just one page, so I've come up with my top five binder pages:

#5: 1969 All Star Page for my 1969 Complete Set...Looks cool on both the front and the back!

#4: Kelloggs 3D...This is the first page of my Kelloggs collection, The cards are from 1970 and 1971

#3: 1970 Topps team page...the first set I really collected back in the day....the 1969 Cubs.  I got about half of these in 1970, mostly the lesser names.  It still amazes me that I can now have all of them.

#2: Ernie's rookie of my prized possessions on a page filled with awesome looking 61-year-old cards.  I left the top row of the sheet blank because I want to keep the Banks card as protected as possible.

#1: Greats of the Game 2006 Autograph Page.  My only regret with this page is that there are ten autographs in the set, the tenth is on the next page and it is Billy Williams.  But other than that, wow... I love this page!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 13,885 Cubs cards from 105 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1955 Bowman #224 Dee Fondy  I love the '55 Bowman TV set cards.  They've got Fondy posing at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.  The Cubs first baseman had a decent 1955 season, hitting .265 with 17 HRs and 65 RBIs.

1980s: 1985 Topps Stickers #35 Rick Sutcliffe The sticker says "Peel Here."  I did not peel.

1990s: 1995 Topps #330 Randy Myers This is the second 1995 Myers card selected by the RNG over the past couple weeks.  That's two more appearances than he had for the 1995 Cubs.  He had become a free agent after the '94 season and went to the Orioles.

2000s: 2002 Opening Day #96 Jon Lieber Here's one from the era when Opening Day cards were colored differently than the base set.  After winning 20 games for the Cubs in 2001, Lieber was hurt in 2002, starting just 21 games and posting a record of 6-8.

2010s: 2012 Heritage Clubhouse Collection #MG Matt Garza  I wish more of the jersey's pinstripe was visible.  All that is seen is a sliver on the bottom right side.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Wrigley Wax Top Nine Binder Page

Junior Junkie posted last week looking for everyone's favorite cards in a binder page.  What a cool idea!

Here's what I came up with.  But first, this is a virtual page.  The '54 Ernie Banks rookie card wouldn't fit in a 9 pocket page.  So I used photoshop to create this.

Being the organized person that I am, the cards are in alphabetical order.

Top row: Ernie Banks rookie card...the pride of my collection; Darwin Barney 2013 Heritage Venezuelan - I had to include a Barney card and I went with the one I'm hording; Ed Bouchee autograph...the only major league player that I've actually had a conversation with.

Middle row:  Bill Buckner jersey...I wanted to include a relic, so I went with one of my favorite players and a pajama blue jersey to, win!; T206 Frank Chance, hall of famer and the manager of the Cubs last championship team; 1972 Topps Cubs team - Floating Heads!!

Bottom row:  2006 Greats of the Game Ryne Sandberg autograph; 1970 Kelloggs Ron Santo - love the 3D cards; Topps 1974 Billy Williams - the only pack-pulled card I've got of my favorite player.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wrapping Up the 2015 Topps Cubs

So here are the totals for the 2015 Topps Cubs...

35 base cards
11 variation cards
23 inserts

69 total cards.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo were the individual leaders, with each having seven cards.

2015 is now a wrap....and the 2016 Series One release is less than a month and a half away!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Turkey Red for Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your turkey.

Enjoy all 55 of the Cubs Turkey Red cards

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

All the Cubs Inserts from Topps 2015

Inserts a plenty this year, a total of 23.

The total is no where near the 2010 count (36) or 2011 (35), but its much better that the past couple years, 2013 (16) and 2014 (18).  I'm guessing that next year the total will be back in the 30s.

There were 13 insert sets that ignored the Cubs: Archetypes, Baseball Royalty, Eclipsing History, Gallery of Greats, Heart of the Order, Hot Streak, Inspired Play, Robbed, Rookie Sensations, Stepping Up, Tape Measure Blasts, Til Its Over, and Whatever Works.

Sets that had a Cub in them were...


All Star Access

Baseball History




First Home Run



First Pitch

Free Agent 40

Highlight of the Year


Pride and Perseverance



Spring Fever

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

All The Cubs Parallels From Topps 2015

Sparkles and Photo Variations...we got 'em!

Seven sparkles...


...two photo variation from the factory complete set...


...and two variations in the update set.

Monday, November 23, 2015

All the Base Topps Cubs From 2015

With the Update cards stored safely in the binder, I can wrap things up for all the Topps Cubs from 2015.  Today I take a look at the base cards.

Between Series One, Two, and Update, I've got a total of 35 base Cubs.

There is the team card

A combo card

Twenty-six player cards

three debut cards


and four from the All Star game.

And if you want to see all 35 cards in one handy location, here you go: