I've got 19,507 Cubs cards from 285 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Kelloggs nailed it in 1973, with three Hall of Famers. The pictures are all recent too, all from 1972.
But despite nailing the pictures, Kelloggs really blew it with the cards. 3D was replaced by regular cardboard. They wisely corrected this mistake the next year and with each year moving forward.
Friday, October 29, 2021
The Ex-Cub factor, popularized by the late, great columnist Mike Royko, states that if a team in the World Series has three or more ex-Cubs, they will lose the series.
So how about this year?
It should be interesting...
The Braves have three ex-Cubs.
Soler is the only one of the three to have significant time with the Cubs. Chavez and Pederson were with the the team for less than a season. Chavez' tenure was short enough that no card showing him with the Cubs was ever made so I had to make one
The Astros have two, Brooks Raley and Martin Maldonado.
However, the Astros are led by..
...an ex Cub manager.
If you include Dusty in the count, then each team has three ex-Cubs.
I guess that means that no one will win the World Series!
Actually, the ex-Cub factor has been cited ten times since 1945. Seven of the ten teams that had the three or more ex-Cubs lost. They include some heavily favored teams like the 1981 Yankees, the 1990 Athletics, and the 2019 Astros.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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
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
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.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
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 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.
Friday, October 22, 2021
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
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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.