Thursday, April 30, 2020

Signed World Series Game 7 Scorecard

Here's a nice World Series memento that I picked up recently.  Cubs radio broadcaster Pat Hughes is offering signed copies of his World Series Game 7 scorecard.  It costs $20, shipped, and part of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish.  He'll also personalize the signature.  I went back and forth on having it signed to Paul or Wrigley Wax.  I settled on Paul.

It took barely a week for the card to arrive.  Pat also included...

... a personal thank you.

Pat Hughes is not only a great broadcaster, but a really good guy!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

1970 Topps T206 Cards

Last time with this!  I have a soft spot in my heart for 1970 Topps because it is the first set that I collected in serious numbers.

I've tried making 1970 cards before but always was unhappy with the player name font.  I know that it is Kauffman, but even when making it bold, it wasn't as thick as what Topps used.  Recently though, I found a way to thicken it up and can now make a nearly spot-on duplicate of the Topps font.

I put my new found skill to work with the T206 cards and here you go....


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Missing Vintage Cards

Last week I showed Upper Deck's Vintage sets from 2001-2004.  My goal is to have all of the Cubs cards from the complete run of a brand.  Unfortunately, I was not able to do that with Vintage.  There are three more cards that I need to have them all.


No content with ripping off only Topps, Upper Deck also took a page out of Kellogg's book and had 3-D cards in both the 2003 and 2004 set.  They also included these in the base set instead of having them be an insert set.  I'm not sure how short-printed they are but I've never seen any of these three on Ebay, Sportlots, COMC, or Beckett.

They are now on my most-wanted list.  Anyone got extras of these lying around??

Monday, April 27, 2020

1989 Upper Deck T206

More spare time on my hands means more mash-ups.  Today I combined the T206 set with Upper Deck's first release.  Known for the iconic Ken Griffey Junior rookie card, we now can add...


... Tinker, Evers, and Chance to the set.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 17,981 Cubs cards from 218 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1963 Topps #452 Barney Schultz  This guy will pop up every so often when I search Ebay for Darwin Barney cards.

1980s: 1987 Fleer #571 Jerry Mumphrey The 1987 Fleer set has lots of these double logo cards.  I did a post on them back in 2018.

1990s: 1993 Team Issued Rolaids #4 Mitch Williams  It seems silly to include Williams in the All-Time Relief Pitcher set.  He had one decent season with the Cubs and one pretty lousy season.

2000s: 2003 Bazooka #78 Matt Clement  That's quite the leg kick.  Also, does the Cubs logo on the card seem too small?

2010s: 2017 Topps 1987 #92 Addison Russell  Somebody got this one wrong!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Cool Picture from Fergie

Fergie Jenkins posted this picture on his Twitter account earlier this week.

It's a pretty impressive collection of Cubs.

It was taken in 1999, when the Cubs were celebrating their All-Century team.  All the living members were able to attend except Phil Cavarretta.

And who do we have?  I'll use the card the Cubs gave away that day for the answer.

Friday, April 24, 2020

2004 Vintage Cubs

I don't know if Topps was making threats to UD about their designs being swiped, but in 2004 Vintage went Toppless.

The base cards have an old look to them, but I can't find a direct design from the past that they copied.


The closest I could find was the 1984 Red Heart set.

The set also has some SP variations and inserts that used the 1940 Play Ball design.  I guess by including Play Ball, UD was indirectly ripping off Topps.  The Play Ball set was put out by Gum, Inc. of Philadelphia.  That is the same company that later put our Bowman cards and was bought out by Topps in 1955.

Vintage also includes some Old Judge cards, those none of the 1880s versions of Old Judge looked like this.

I don't know if the sales of Vintage couldn't complete with Heritage or if UD ran out of designs to steal, but the 2004 set was the final one.


Thursday, April 23, 2020

2003 Vintage Cubs

The 2003 version of Vintage used the Topps 1965 set as its inspiration.  And this time, the set included not only current players, but retired ones too.  The two retired Cubs had 1965 Topps cards, so we can put them side by side to see what exactly UD borrowed from Topps.



The Vintage picture of Ernie Banks is better than the side shot on the Topps card.  But Topps has a better picture of Billy as the one Upper Deck used is four to five years past 1965.