The Fleer 1970 set World Series contains cards with cartoons drawn by artist Robert G. Laughlin. Each series was represented by one card. The Cubs have ten cards in the set.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Friday, July 30, 2021
This is a post I wish I didn't have to write. I knew it was coming, but I was holding out hope that things might change.
A cornerstone of the franchise for the past ten seasons is gone.
He caught the most memorable final out in Cubs history. Now he is history, as far as the Cubs are concerned.
I like Anthony Rizzo. He plays hard but he has fun. He supports the community. He loved being a Cub. He is a good guy.
I have 376 different cards of Rizzo in my collection. Not bad for a guy that I don't collect as a player. I'm sure that there will be a few more Cubs cards of him in future releases so my collection isn't finished. I wish that there would be Cubs cards of him in 2022.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
There are just two regular insert sets in this year's Gypsy Queen. Each set has one Cub player, the same player in both.
This set is called Captain and it has 30 cards. The intent was to feature the "captain" of each team. But three of the players on the checklist were traded. Rather than give the trading team a new captain, Topps put the traded players with their new team. So the Cardinals (Nolan Arenado), Mets (Francisco Lindor), and Nationals (Josh Bell) got two players in the set while the Rockies, Indians, and Pirates have none.
Also, the cards are describes as being "Mini" and by looking at scan you'd think the cards are tobacco card sized. Nope. They have a height of the usual 3½" height, but have a narrower width of 1 7/8". They should be described as mini. A better word would be skinny.
Kris Bryant was also in the "Tarot of the Diamond" set. With just 22 cards in the set, I'm glad that at least one Cub player was included.
There is also a chrome insert set, but I consider that more of a parallel than a separate insert set. I don't do parallels any more, so I didn't get the five Cubs that were included.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The 2021 edition of Gypsy Queen was released two weeks ago. The set consists of 300 base cards and another 21 short prints. Nine Cubs are in the base set and the short prints have just one Cub.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
The Cubs have a player in the Living Set for the first time since September 30, 2021. That is the longest playerless span since the set started.
Kimbrel is the 14th Cub to be included and he is also the Cub with the lowest print run.
|5||Ian Happ||March 21, 2018||Print run - 3,042|
|30||Brandon Morrow||May 16, 2018||Print run - 5,585|
|64||Ryne Sandberg||August 8, 2018||Print run - 7,212|
|67||Anthony Rizzo||August 15, 2018||Print run - 5,568|
|83||David Bote||September 19, 2018||Print run - 5,345|
|103||Javier Baez||November 7, 2018||Print run - 4,499|
|127||Kris Bryant||January 2, 2019||Print run - 5,361|
|210||Jason Heyward||July 10, 2019||Print run - 2,573|
|217||Ernie Banks||July 31, 2019||Print run - 5,406|
|266||Kyle Hendricks||December 4, 2019||Print run - 2,074|
|310||Nico Hoerner||May 6, 2020||Print run - 3,523|
|323||Willson Contreras||June 24, 2020||Print run - 2,052|
|352||Alec Mills||September 30, 2020||Print run - 1,886|
Monday, July 26, 2021
The next wave of the Cubs from this year's T206 have arrived. There were two Cubs in the wave when I bought the cards several weeks ago. Today there is just one.
Sunday, July 25, 2021
I've got 19,313 Cubs cards from 285 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Reader ashonk51 left a comment last week asking for some sets from the 1970s. I thought that was a great idea, so today I am debuting "70s Saturday." Each Saturday for the next year or so (i have just about a year's worth of sets from the 70s) I'll be showing a Cubs team set from the 1970s.
I feel I have to kick this off with the first big set from the 70s, the 1970 Topps set. Topps was the only major game in town in 1970. They pretty much had baseball cards to themselves.
The 1970 set features the infamous Cubs of 1969, the team that collapsed in September and was run over by the Miracle Mets.
The cards are shown in alphabetic order: