Sunday, May 9, 2021

Five Random Cubs Cards

  I've got 19,236 Cubs cards from 284 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1971 Dell Today John Callison Callison played in just 103 games for the 1971 Cubs and hit a pathetic .210.  His best days were behind him.

1980s: 1981 Topps #352 Dick Tidrow  Tidrow was one bad looking dude!

1990s: 1994 Pacific #115 Rick Wilkins This card is from Pacific's debut set.

2000s: 2000 Pacific #80 Manny Alexander The RNG grabbed a second consecutive card from Pacific.  I can't say that they improved their look much since their debut.

2010s: 2015 Panini National #3 Billy Williams

Saturday, May 8, 2021

2021 Bowman Insert Cubs

 I've got Cubs from two Bowman insert sets.  Actually, I've got future Cubs from two Bowman insert sets.


The well is most certainly dry when you have just two prospects in the top 100 and your best ranks at 70.  There are some lean years on the horizon.

Will these three help turn things around?  Time will tell.

Friday, May 7, 2021

2021 Bowman Prospects Cubs

 The checklist for the 2021 Bowman Prospects has 150 cards.



Amaya and Morel are with the Cubs AA team.  Marquez is having arm issues and will head to AA once he is ready.  Howard was the Cubs' #1 pick last summer and will start the summer with the Cubs low A team in Myrtle Beach.

The prospect cards have the usual parallels including the Chrome version.  I've had those each year, and continued the run this year.



Thursday, May 6, 2021

2021 Bowman Base Cubs

 The 2021 Bowman set was released last week.  I found a seller that had the entire Cubs team set (Brentandbecca doesn't do Bowman) and it got delivered promptly.  I'll have the base set today and show the prospects tomorrow.

The base set consists of 100 cards, four of which are Cubs.



We get two good guys, one ex-Cub and one future Cub.

Marquez was with the Cubs last year for just one game.  It didn't go well as he gave up five runs in two-thirds of an inning.  That gives him a career ERA of 67.47.  I wonder if there is another player with a higher ERA on their card?

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

2021 Opening Day Insert Cubs

 Opening Day has several insert sets.  There are a couple that are super short-printed and I am not going for the Cubs cards in those.  Putting SSPs in Opening Day seems to go against the set's concept, which is a simple kid-friendly set.

This card comes from the Opening Day subset, which has a card for each team.  The Cubs picture is from their 2020 opener, in which they won 2-0.


This set features some outstanding opening day performances.  Baez hit two homers to kick off the 2019 season.  Billy hit a 10th inning walk-off homer against the Cardinals to give the Cubs a 1-0 win.  Fergie outdueled Bob Gibson.  

Here's the homer.

Mr. Cub is a legend of Baseball

The mascot set returns and includes Clark.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

2021 Opening Day Cubs

 Today I have the 2021 Opening Day cards.  These came out a little later than usual and it's taken me a little longer than usual to get them posted.

The set concept remains the same - a reduced-sized version of the flagship set, with no foil printing and the Opening Day logo.

The best thing about the set for me is that I get an advanced look at cards from the second series of the Topps set.  There are 11 Cubs total in the set and five of the 11 do not have a card is Topps series one.


I'm assuming that the Darvish and Schwarber cards will not be included in series two, since both are no longer Cubs.




These six cards are players that also had a card in series one.  

Monday, May 3, 2021

2019 Clear Travel Cubs

 In 2019 Topps partnered with Utz, releasing a 100-card promo set.

I snagged all six Cubs cards before the end of April, 2019.

That same year Topps paired with PKWY for a 25-card set.

I had the two Cubs before the end of the season.

Both sets used the Topps flagship design but the partners' logos were added.

In 2019 Topps partnered with Clear (a travel security check company) and put out a 100-card set.  

I had no clue it existed.

I hate when that happens!  Utz and PKWY were on my radar but Clear wasn't.  Until recently.

Its been almost two years since the cards came out and they were not as easy to find as the Utz and PKWY were in 2019,  I had six Cubs to get, the same six that were in the Utz set plus Anthony Rizzo.  I eventually found them but it took more time and money than I expected.

Take a look at the cards and see if you can spot a couple differences between these and the other two Topps promo sets.



The first difference is pretty obvious.  These cards lack any mention of Clear on the front.  

Clear has a nice enough looking logo, but it didn't make it to the front of the cards.  That may explain why these are harder to find now.  To the untrained eye these are your basic Topps 2019 cards.

The backs don't help too much either.  

The only difference is the numbering in the upper right hand corner.  The Clear cards numbering starts with the letters CP.

The other difference is the Baez card.  The Clear card vertical while most other versions of the Topps card (base, Chrome, Opening Day, Utz, PKWY, Holiday) have the horizontal version.  The factory team set is the only other vertical card.  All use the same picture, just cropped differently.