Tuesday, August 31, 2021

2021 Allen and Ginter T51 Murad Reimagined Cubs

 Today's Ginter insert set is the T51 Murad Reimagined.  The original Murad set was issued from 1909-1911.  It wasn't a baseball set, but instead featured colleges.

Topps took the concept and applies it to baseball.

They did a fairly decent job of staying faithful to the originals.  I would have made to team logos larger so that there was less blank space in the circle, but otherwise, not bad.

Monday, August 30, 2021

2021 Allen & Ginter Historic Hits Cubs

 Topps has not put many normal-sized baseball insert sets into Allen and Ginter and that was the case in 2021.  Today I've got the Cubs from one of the two sets, Historical Hits.

The set is just as it's name implies, cards commemorating baseball hits that were historically significant.  Two Cubs hits were included.

The Sosa hit was his 66th (and final) home run in 1998.  I wouldn't consider it all that significant.  It was the second highest single season home run total, but, is second all that significant.  There is a Mark McGwire card in the set and that is all we needed for 1998.

No question here, that this card deals with an historic hit.  Zobrist's 10th inning RBI double in game 7 is arguably the most historic hit in Cubs history.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 19,446 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: 1954 Bowman #45 Ralph Kiner  Kiner led the league in homeruns in each of this first seven years in the National League.  And what did that get him?  Traded to the Cubs halfway through the 1953 season.  

1980s: 1981 Fleer #291 Dave Kingman  This happy looking guy was not with the 1981 Cubs.  He was traded to the Mets for Steve Henderson.

1990s: 1998 Topps #453 Kevin Tapani Tapani helped get the Cubs to the 1998 wild card with his record of 19-9.  It was the most wins over his 13-year career.

2000s: 2002 Classics #181 Ryne Sandberg This card could have had a really interesting look if they had lined up the pinstripes on the card with pinstripes on his uniform.

2010s: 2011 Topps #86 Carlos Silva Diamond A pretty, shiny card of Carlos Silva is the baseball card version of lipstick on a pig.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

70s Saturday - 1979 Topps Cubs

I'm not doing my 70's Saturdays in any sort of order, so lets look at the end of the decade and the 1979 Topps set.  It's got a little of everything... floating heads, one of my all-time favorites Bill Buckner, a few actions shots, lots of home pinstripes, and a member of the '69 Cubs.  Lots of good stuff here!














Friday, August 27, 2021

A Look at ALL the Ginter Cubs

  Today we won't be looking at all the Allen and Ginter Cubs from 2021.  We did that yesterday.  We're going to see all the Ginter Cubs from all of the years. from 2006 to 2021.

This is the 16th edition of Ginter and there have been a total of 188 Cubs cards.

The number of Cubs per year has been all over the place: 

9, 10, 7, 11, 9, 11, 10, 11, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18, 14, 14, 12

Early on, 9-11 was pretty typical, Lately that has been up to 13-15. This year's 12 is the fewest since the mid 2010s and I don't see that number getting much higher over the next few years.

Anthony Rizzo has the most appearances among active players with ten, while Ryno and Ernie Banks are the retired leaders, tied with eight cards each.  

Thursday, August 26, 2021

2021 Allen & Ginter Base Set Cubs

 The 2021 Allen & Ginter set has it's customary 350 cards including 50 short prints.  There are 12 Cubs among the 350 cards.

Want to guess how many of the 12 Cubs are currently with the team?

Hint: It's not a very big number.


Yup, just two of the 12 are current Cubs.

And what about the other ten cards?


We have the big three traded...




There are also lots of retired Cubs in this year's set.  In fact, half of the Cubs are not playing any longer.  There are more Cubs from the 1969 team than are currently with the team in 2021.  That's messed up.... and it's not even Topps' fault.

You can probably guess who got the twelfth card...

... of course we have to have another appearance by Brailyn Marquez.