Tuesday, October 26, 2021

2021 Homemade Cubs: Still Cranking Them Out

 I'm still cranking them out a few at a time... here's the next batch of four.

I didn't pick the pictures with this in mind, but look at all the empty seats in the Megill and Martini cards.  That's not something you saw a few years ago.



Monday, October 25, 2021

Had to Pick Up A Couple of the Parallels

 I posted recently that I picked up the 2021 Ginter X card of Billy Williams for the player collection.  It was the first card this year for the collection.  That didn't sit well with me.  

Billy hasn't been included in many sets this year.  Ginter was the one chance I had to add a few more cards, so I went shopping at Sportlots for any of the parallels.  I found a few of the mini variations, so I went ahead and picked up three.  None cost me more than two bucks shipped.


This would be the A&G back version.  Still to come are the mini black border and the silver portrait

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Five Random Cubs Cards

  I've got 19,506 Cubs cards from 285 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1970 Topps #265 Randy Hundley The 1970 season was the beginning of the end for Hundley.  He got hurt in spring training and missed the first week of the season.  a week later he blew out his knee and was out until mid-July.  He played in just 73 games.

1980s: 1988 Fleer Team Leaders #7 Andre Dawson  Dawson was clearly the Cubs team leader in 1988.  He led the team in games played, runs, hits, triples, home runs, RBIs, and slugging.

1990s: 1990 Star Nova #139 Ryne Sandberg Ryno's post season stats are good.  He played in the NLCS in 1984 and 1989.  His average was .385 over the ten games.

2000s: 2003 Topps #578 Antonio Alfonseca  They guy was not very good in 2003 but Dusty kept putting him out there.  He made 60 appearances and posted an ERA of 5.83.  

2010s: 2013 Team Issued Season Tickets #7 Bobby Murcer  Murcer wore #7 with the Cubs and was given card #7 in this set.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

70s Saturday - 1974 Capital Publishing Cubs

Today's set features cards issued in the '70s, but the players were definitely not from the '70s.

Capital Publishing Company issued a black and white set in 1974.  The players were not active.  In fact, many were old-timers from long ago.  The checklist in the Standard Catalog lists cards numbered from 1 to 104 though #102 is listed as "unknown".  The cards are large, 4 1/8" x 5 1/4".

The backs have the player's yearly stats along with a few career highlights.  The card number is on the bottom left. Capital's name is on the bottom right.  There is no copyright year, so I'm going by what the catalog says for the date.

The cards do not have any team designation, so I went with the team checklist from Teamsests4u and ended up with eight that they called Cubs cards.  Most of them are Hall of Famers or well-known Cubs... and a guy named Cliff Aberson, who played in a total of 63 games over three seasons.

#75 Cliff Aberson

#21 Cap Anson

#23 Mordecai Brown

#17 Frank Chance

#41 Johnny Evers

#7 Clark Griffith

#15 King Kelly

#85 Hippo Vaughn

Friday, October 22, 2021

2021 Homemade Cubs: Another Batch of Four

 Here's the next round of four, which includes two more of the backup catchers.

I had to cheat a little with the Tyler Ladendorf card. He was with the team for just two days at the end of the season.  I couldn't find any pictures so I had to use a screen grab from the TV broadcast.

I believer I may have written about this before, but I saw Ladendorf play in Little League when he was 11 years old.  He grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois, which is where I was living in the spring of 1998.  My #2 son played Little League and he and Ladendorf were on opposing teams.  I clearly remember watchin Ladendorf and thinking that this was a potential big leaguer. He was so much better than anyone else on the field.  He was smooth, quick, strong, had a strong arm, and could smash the ball.  He was a man among boys.  It was nice to see him have a brief stint with his hometown team.


Thursday, October 21, 2021

I Got Nothing

 There's a lull with new cards coming out. The Cubs season was a dud and is over.  I'm really busy with work.  I'm getting tired of making homemade cards.

I've got nothing for today other than a card celebrating a happy day from five years ago.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

2021 Homemade Cubs: One-Third of the Way Finished

 I knocked off four more cards and now I'm one-third complete.  That's 16 down, 32 more to go. 


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

2021 Homemade Cubs: The Next Four

 The next four homemade Topps cards are finished.  I'm working my way through the alphabet and these are D through F.  Coincidentally, those are the letter grades the team earned this past season.

The picture on the Deichmann card is also an apt representation of the season.

Monday, October 18, 2021

2021 Ginter X for the Billy Williams Collection

 I haven't been very active with the Billy Williams player collection.

That's not entirely my fault.

Billy has been in just two of the sets that I collects, Ginter and Heritage.  I have both of his cards for the team set.  I typically don't put base cards from sets I collect into the player collection.

I could have gotten a bunch of the Ginter parallels, but I never got around to it.

I'll just settle for this one.  It is from Ginter X, the online only black version of Ginter.  I picked it up via Sportlots for a quarter.  Brother, I can spare a quarter for the Billy collection.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Five Random Cubs Cards

 I've got 19,504 Cubs cards from 285 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.  The RNG liked the '69 Cubs today!

1900s - 1970s: 1973 Topps #180 Fergie Jenkins  The 1973 season was Fergie's worst, and last, as a Cub for a while.  His streak of six straight 20+ win seasons ended as he went 14-16.  In August he had a melt down, throwing bats into the Wrigley Field grandstands after being booed for another poor performance.  After the season Fergie was shipped off to the Rangers.

1980s: 1985 Leaf #166 Rich Bordi The righty didn't even play for the '85 Cubs.  He was traded to the Yankees in December, 1984.  

1990s: 1993 Bowman #524 Rick Wilkins The mask flies off as Wilkins makes the throw to second.  The 1993 season was the season for him.  He had career highs in average (.303), home runs (30), and RBIs (73).  He never came close to duplicating those numbers.

2000s: 2008 SP Legendary Cuts #160 Billy Williams  A second '69 Cub!  The picture on the background of his swinging at Shea Stadium has shown up on many cards. The color portrait seems less used; in fact I couldn't find another card in my collection with the same picture.

2010s: 2012 Gypsy Queen #347 Ernie Banks Mini Straight Back  '69 Cub #3...Mr. Cub.  Looks like they snapped a shot at Shea, too.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

70s Saturday - 1973 Topps Cubs

 Today I've got the 1973 set, which is also the template for next year's Heritage.

The first thing you notice when looking at the Cubs set is the team card and the lack of floating heads.  It looks like Topps took a black and white team picture and colored it.  Some of the chest logos don't look right.  But I appreciate the effort.  

The other card that stands out is the card for Bob Locker. I do not appreciate the effort on this one.  The oddest part is the outfielder behind Locker. Topps painted a Cubs logo in the center of his uniform.