Cubs players have cards in four of the 2021 Archives insert sets.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
I was looking over my homemade 2021 Cubs cards and realized I made a Miller mistake.
When I made my homemade cards, I used the Cubs 2021 roster from Baseballreference and compared it with the Topps checklists from the flagship set and update.
There's a Miller in the Update set and a Miller on the roster.
The update card is of Tyson Miller. He pitched in two games for the 2020 Cubs. He didn't make the team out of spring training in 2021 and was sent to AAA. He lasted there for a couple of months before being released.
The Miller on the 2021 Cubs was Shelby Miller. He got shelled in three games in April (7 runs over 3 innings) and was released.
I have zero recollection of either Miller. So when I was making my cards and saw that there was a Miller in the update set and a Miller that played for the 2021 Cubs, I incorrectly assumed they were the same guy.
That means I have one more homemade card to make. Since I'm posting them in alphabetical order, and I'm already past the M's, I'll show him now.
Sunday, November 28, 2021
I've got 19,568 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, November 27, 2021
In 1977 Burger Chef hired MSA to produce a nine player disc set for 24 teams (the expansion Mariners and Blue Jays were skipped over). The discs were part of a cardboard Funmeal tray.
Thursday, November 25, 2021
My traditional Thanksgiving Day post....
The original Turkey Red set came out in 1911. Topps released their own versions in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2020. There are 70 Cubs cards in those eight sets. Take a look at them and then go back to your own turkey!
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
I've got the base set from 2021 Archives now in hand.
Topps has finally caught up to the trades the Cubs made in late July, so Baez, Bryant, and Rizzo don't have Cubs cards. There are nine Cubs in the set, but only four are active players.
The set uses the designs from 1957, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1991, 2001, and 2011. They also threw in a fantasy design from 2091. That seems really dumb since the set is called "Archives." Seem kinda tough to archive something from 50 years in the future.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Monday, November 22, 2021
Sunday, November 21, 2021
I've got 19,558 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, November 20, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
I've got the inserts recap today.
There are 48 Cubs inserts in the 2021 set. That's a little better than last year, when there were 45. But those numbers are way down from the years prior to that, with 63 in 2019, 101 in 2018, 87 in 2017, and 81 in 2016. It would be nice if the number of inserts and the number of team wins goes up in 2022, but I'm doubtful that either will happen.
The 2021 Cubs inserts....
- Cubs were included in 17 of the 19 sets (they are missing in DH Debuts and Significant Statistics)
- 12 different players were shown
- 2 of the 12 players are with the Cubs right now (Contreras and Marquez)
- 7 of of the 12 are on different teams (Baez, Bryant, Darvish, Kimbrel, Lester, Rizzo, Schwarber)
- 3 of the 12 are retired (Banks, Maddux, Sandberg)
- The most popular players were Javier Baez with 14 cards and Kris Bryant with 10
- just 4 of the inserts are horizontal
- 44 are vertical
Thursday, November 18, 2021
I can wrap up the 2021 flagship set now that I have Update in hand. I'll have the base set recap today, the inserts on Friday, and I'll put them all together on Saturday.
- 26 vertical layout
- only 5 with a horizontal layout... good for me because I prefer the verticals
- 1 team card
- 0 combo cards
- 1 League Leader
- 30 different players, including 1 HOF photo variation
- 12 players on the Cubs 40 man roster today
- 17 no longer on the roster
- 8 players that never played an inning for the 2021 Cubs - that's a fourth of the players with Cubs cards
- 15 pictures taken at Wrigley Field
- 16 pictures on the road