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.
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
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
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.
Monday, March 28, 2022
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
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.
Saturday, March 26, 2022
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
Set Size: O-Pee-Chee - 792, Topps 792
Cubs in set: O-Pee-Chee - 36, Topps 33
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.