I've got 15,291 Cubs cards from 128 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.
1900s - 1970s: 1979 Diamond Greats #106 Hy Vandenberg Makes you wonder how a guy with a career record of 14-10 and an ERA of 4.32 is considered a Diamond Great.
1980s: 1989 Donruss #513 Jeff Pico The 1989 season was the best of the three years he spent in the major leagues. Working almost exclusively out of the bullpen, he was 3-1 with an ERA of 3.77.
1990s: 1991 Donruss #374 Greg Maddux He led the league in both starts and innings pitched in 1991. His record was 15-11, which wasn't too bad for a team with just 77 wins.
2000s: 2006 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball Chronology Platinum #BW Billy Williams It is very fitting that the man with the sweet swing is in a set called Legendary Cuts (though I don't think the brand name refers to taking a swing).
2010s: 2012 Historical Stitches #AD Andre Dawson If Topps had a more perverse sense of humor, they would have used this picture on the card...
Reader Chad got me started with the first two years of Zenith. Sportlots got me finished with the last two years.
In 1997 the brand has some major changes. The set size shrunk from 150 cards down to just fifty. While the set got smaller, some of the cards got bigger, much bigger. In addition to the 50 base cards, there were also 8" x 10" versions of the first 24 cards in the set.
WIth just 50 cards in the set I should be thankful that there are two Cubs. There's quite a cropping contrast with these two, really tight on Ryno while pulled back pretty far for Sammy.
Here's a better-cropped version of Sammy.
The 1998 set was Zenith's last hurrah. They increased the set size to 100, but decreased the oversized cards, from 8" x 10" to 5" x 7". In an odd twist, the big cards were rip cards with the base cards inside.
These are the two Cubs cards from the 1998 set.
I've got only the base cards from these last two year. The oversized cards are on the way and I'll get them posted once they arrive.
I knew this guy played a few games for the Cubs, and I knew that I just had to get a card of his. He played only three games for the Cubs in late April of 1986, and he was just one for nine, a crummy .111 batting average. As far as I can tell, this card from the Cubs team issued set is the only card that features him as a major leaguer, though he did play with the Reds in 1983 and the White Sox in 1984. He didn't have much of a big league career, but once a year his card will be here on Wrigley Wax
If the networks can run A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, and the Grinch every year, then I think I can re-run this post every Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas, everyone!
From the Gospel according to St. Luke, the second chapter:
In those days
Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire
world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So
also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of
because he belonged to the
and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the
to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a
because there was no
for them in the inn. And there were
living out in the
nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at
appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
All of the cards in today's post were part of the package from Chad and they are all from the same brand, Pinnacle Zenith.
Zenith was around for four years, from 1995 - 1998. The set varied in size from 50 - 150 cards. Because of its small size, it was not a brand I chased when I put together my team sets. But I recently decided to start hunting the little guys, and Chad gave me a great start with Zenith.
The brand's initial release was in 1995 and consisted of 150 cards. The Cubs were not very good at that time and had just three cards in the set. Chad sent me all three.
In 1996 the set remained at 150 cards, but the number of Cubs doubled.
Another Brooks Kieschnick sighting!
Chad got me more than half-way through Zenith. A few clicks at Sportlots and I finished up the missing years.
I wrap up today's post with a six-spot of Sandberg.
These are from another Broder unlicensed set. They are a little better quality that most of the earlier Broder cards. The card stock is thicker and the cards have a glossy finish. Gotta love the one with Ryno next to a rhino!