The final wave has hit and now I can recap the set.
Another set of 100 cards, every three weeks, nine times. It was an interesting concept. I don't think it really caught on. The print runs peak at 7,531 in wave two, and then dropped each successive wave. The final wave ended up with just 3,453 cards. I wonder if it will come out in 2020?
The Cubs ended up with 30 cards. 900 cards in the set divided by 30 teams gives you 30 cards per team. I doubt that each team has 30. I'm guessing that there are more than 30 Yankees.
The concept of the original Total was that it would have cards of just about every player on each team. The 2003 set has 35 Cubs players. The 30 in 2019 seems low, not total.
This year's Total should be able to include more recent acquisitions since the cards were produced every three weeks.
So just how total was Total?
- There are three more Cubs players with Total cards compared to the Topps flagship set.
- Between the two sets, 35 different players have cards.
- 22 players have cards in both sets
- 8 players have cards only in Total, and all eight of them were active with the Cubs at some point in the season. That is a result of Total's shorter production window
- 5 players were found only in the flagship. Two of them never played for the 2019 Cubs and two were traded during the season.