Thursday, March 31, 2022

2022 Heritage Clubhouse Collection Cubs

 My Heritage tradition is to get all the Cubs Clubhouse collection cards each year.  Some years I was overwhelmed.  This year, no so much.  It should be a surprise that there are not many Cubs in this year's CC, just two.  It hasn't been this low since 2015.

Topps got the font color correct on the Clubhouse cards - the player's name is red like on the 1973 cards.  So how did they mess up the Heritage base cards with a yellow font color for the names?

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The 2022 Heritage Cubs Insert Cards

 Today's post would be the one where I would show all the Cubs cards from the various Heritage insert sets.  The 2022 insert sets include 

  • 1973 Candy Lids
  • 1973 Topps Comics
  • 1973 Venezuela Stamps
  • Baseball Flashback
  • New Age Performers
  • Then and Now.  

There are 130 cards among these six sets.


This was the lone Cub card among the 130.  I saved a bunch of money not have to get more inserts, but I'd happily spend the money if it meant insert-worthy players were wearing the blue pinstripes.  

And it seems like Topps stretched things a bit to include the lone Cub.  New Age Performer?  P

atrick Wisdom is 30 years old.  That's not exactly a New Age.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

2022 Heritage and 1973 Topps Side-By-Side

 It's time for my annual side-by-side comparison of the Heritage set and it's Topps counterpart.  As usual there are differences between the two, and as usual, I have no idea why Topps cannot or won't make Heritage and identical twin.


The most obvious difference is the color of the players name.  The Cubs player names were red in 1973, but Heritage has changed them to yellow. That is just bad.  The red and blue look perfect against the Cubs uniforms.  The yellow looks awful.  I don't recall any previous Heritage sets changing a major color like that.  The rest is pretty close.  The silhouetted player looks like an exact copy and I believe Topps kept the color of those the same as in 1973.

The 1973 set was the last hurrah for many of the 1969 Cubs.  The 2016 Cubs have pretty much disappeared from the Cubs scene, so the player and position matches won't look good at all for the 2022 Cubs.










The 1973 Cubs had three future Hall of Famers and finished in 5th place with 77 wins.  The 2022 Cubs barely have three player that would make the Hall of OK.  77 wins would be a great season for them.

Monday, March 28, 2022

2022 Heritage Cubs Team Set

Heritage harkens back to the good old days.  Appropriately, so did my purchase of the 2022 Heritage Cubs set.  Brentandbecca was back in business for Heritage and I picked up my Cubs set from him.

The Heritage formula is tried and true.  This year's set didn't stray from the format.  The set is based on 1973 Topps and has a checklist of 500 cards. The last 100 are short-prints.

The Cubs did much better in Heritage than they did in series one and there are total of 19 Cubs cards.  As you scroll through, you may find yourself saying things like "who is this guy" or "I didn't know that he was with the Cubs."

And for what its worth, there isn't a single Cub player with the Rookie Card designation.  After the past couple years of endless rookie cards for no-chance players, it will be nice to not have sets clogged up with these rookies.









Sunday, March 27, 2022

Five Random Cubs Cards

 I've got 20,163 Cubs cards from 301 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1952 Bowman #175 Ransom Jackson The 1952 Bowman set is the set of legible signatures.  I don't think Topps could make a set like this today, with just a picture and an autograph on the front.

1980s: 1987 Donruss Highlights #28 Andre Dawson Dawson tied first year Cubs homer mark with a blast off of current Cubs broadcaster Jim Deshaies.  He set the record with another blast off of a reliever later in the same game.  

1990s: 1990 Topps TV #6 Phil Roof The TV set has cards for everyone including the obscure coaches.  This is the one and only individual card of Roof with the Cubs.

2000s: 2001 Bowman's Best #173 Hee Seop Choi  I wonder how many collectors snapped these up because of the rookie card designation?  It's an 18¢ card today.

2010s: 2013 Team Issued Season Ticket  #54 Darwin Barney  You would think that the RNG would pull more cards of Darwin Barney since I have so many of his cards in my collection.  But nope, this is the first time in 15 months that Barney has been among the five random Cubs cards.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

70s Saturday - 1977 MSA Discs Cubs

 The 1977 MSA sets included just two Cubs.  They must have had a fairly late print deadline since Bobby Murcer was shown as a Cub.  He came to the Cubs in mid-February.  Otherwise, not much was changed.  They reused both the 1976 design and pictures.

Friday, March 25, 2022

1991 O-Pee-Chee Cubs

 Set Size: O-Pee-Chee - 792, Topps 792 

Cubs in set: O-Pee-Chee - 36, Topps 33

The fronts on the 1991 cards were identical.  The big Topps 40th Anniversary logo was left in place by O-Pee-Chee.  That seems a little odd to me, but it probably saved them on production costs.

The backs have most of the usual copyright and bilingual changes.  Odd again, though, is that the Topps logo remained on the back as well.  As long as they were making several changes to the backs, why not put on your own logo?

There is a three card difference in the size of the Cubs set.  My OPC Cubs set includes three "Now with Cubs" cards that Topps didn't have.



The Cubs were busy before the 1991 season, adding a power hitter, a starter, and a closer.  It resulted in the team having the exact same number of wins in 1991 as they did in 1990.  It also resulted in the manager Don Zimmer getting fired during the season.