The Cubs are pretty thing in the inserts in series two. The were shut out of Diamond Great Die-Cuts, Generation Now, Home Field Advantage, Home Run Challenge, No-Hit Club, Significant Statistics, Stars of MLB, and Sweet Shades.
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Topps continues to crank out the photo variation cards. I gave up on most of them a couple of years ago. I have no more interest in the cards that have a different photo of the same player. The only ones I now chase are the legend variations that replace a current player with a retired player. There are two Cubs in series two.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
My series two Cubs cards came while I was on vacation.
The Cubs fared much better in series two, with twelve cards compared to the five in series one. However, of the twelve, four of them are no longer with the team.
Series two has become a later release of series one and the update set is now series two. It seems that the print deadlines keep getting moved further up. At this point Topps should go back to releasing the entire set at once and make the update set a truly updated set.
Case in point: The Cubs signed Marcus Stroman on December 1. He was included in the Cubs blister pack team set. Yet he is not in series two. How does that happen?
These are the four not with the Cubs. Alzolay is on the 60 day IL, Davies and Thompson left as a free agents in November, and Deichmann was DFA'ed and is with Iowa.
Monday, June 27, 2022
I've picked up three new autograph collection rule followers. All three have a certified autograph that shows them as a Cub in a season that they played for the Cubs.
|Terry Adams||Carl Edwards||Junior Lake||Henry Rodriguez|
|Arismendy Alcantara||Kyle Farnsworth||Derrek Lee||Aramis Ramirez|
|Albert Almora||Mike Fontenot||Jon Leiber||Henry Rodriguez|
|Moises Alou||Kevin Foster||Jon Lester||Chris Rusin|
|Adbert Alzolay||Dexter Fowler||Cole Liniak||Addison Russell|
|Jake Arrieta||Kyuji Fujikawa||Greg Maddux||Jeff Samardzija|
|Javier Baez||Kosuke Fukudome||Nick Madrigal||Rey Sanchez|
|Darwin Barney||Sam Fuld||Dave Magadan||Ryne Sandberg|
|Francis Beltran||Sean Gallagher||Dillon Maples||Kyle Schwarber|
|David Bote||Nomar Garciaparra||Carlos Marmol||Scott Servais|
|Milton Bradley||Matt Garza||Sean Marshall||Jorge Soler|
|Roosevelt Brown||Leo Gomez||Alec Mills||Alfonso Soriano|
|Kris Bryant||Tom Gorzelanny||Scott Moore||Sammy Sosa|
|Scott Bullett||Kevin Gregg||Matt Murton||Geovany Soto|
|Freddie Bynum||Angel Guzman||Rod Myers||Steve Smyth|
|Marlon Byrd||Jason Hammel||Thomas Neal||Marcus Stroman|
|Jeimer Candelario||Todd Haney||James Norwood||Matt Szczur|
|Victor Caratini||Ian Happ||Roberto Novoa||Ryan Theriot|
|Andrew Cashner||Brendan Harris||Will Ohman||Keegan Thompson|
|Larry Cassian||Kevin Hart||Augie Ojeda||Ozzie Timmons|
|Frank Castillo||Kyle Hendricks||Mike Olt||Steve Trachsel|
|Welington Castillo||Jason Heyward||Ryan O'Malley||Duane Underwood|
|Starlin Castro||Jose Hernandez||Kevin Orie||Jermaine Van Buren|
|Ronny Cedeno||Bobby Hill||Angel Pagan||Josh Vitters|
|Rocky Cherry||Rich Hill||Bob Patterson||Todd Walker|
|Matt Clement||Nico Hoerner||Eric Patterson||Todd Wellemeyer|
|Steve Clevenger||Micah Hoffpauir||Corey Patterson||Randy Wells|
|Buck Coats||Cesar Izturis||David Patton||Turk Wendell|
|Tyler Colvin||Brett Jackson||Joc Pederson||Jerome Williams|
|Willson Contreras||Reed Johnson||Carlos Pena||Kerry Wood|
|Juan Cruz||Jacque Jones||Billy Petrick||Travis Wood|
|Yu Darvish||Matt Karchner||Felix Pie||Michael Wuertz|
|Wade Davis||David Kelton||Lou Piniella||Carlos Zambrano|
|Blake DeWitt||Brooks Kieschnick||Mark Prior||Rob Zastryzny|
|Rafael Dolis||Craig Kimbrel||Brooks Raley||Ben Zobrist|
|Scott Downs||Bryan LaHair||Alfonso Rivas||Julio Zuleta|
|Jason Dubuois||Tommy LaStella||Anthony Rizzo|
Thursday, June 23, 2022
We rode our bicycles 150 miles to see this game. They better win!
And they did, blowing out the Pirates 14-5. Seven runs in the second inning meant it would be an easy night. Keegan Thompson pitched six strong innings.
The ninth inning was interesting as the Pirates had a position player take the mound. Second baseman Diego Castillo was very wild and the Cubs loaded the bases without a hit. Alfonso Rivas then blasted a grand slam. Cubs reliever Daniel Norris was awful in the bottom of the ninth, giving up four runs before finally ending the game.
We had nice seats in a fairly empty ballpark. We head back for the Thursday afternoon wrap up. Hopefully the result will be the same.
Saturday, June 18, 2022
I'll be taking some time away from the blog for a week or so.
Mrs. WW and I are off on another week long bicycle trip. We're doing the Great Alleghany Passage again, the same trail we did two years ago. We start in Cumberland, Maryland, and end up in Pittsburgh. Coincidentally, the Cubs will be in Pittsburgh when we get there. We have tickets for two games. I may post something about the games. Otherwise, see you in on the 27th.
Friday, June 17, 2022
Thursday, June 16, 2022
The In Action subset is the small of all the subsets, just two cards.
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Set Size: O-Pee-Chee - 660, Topps 660
Cubs in set: O-Pee-Chee - 25 , Topps - 25
This is the last time that the OPC set was identical in size to the Topps set.
The 1976 set is one of my favorites from the 1970s. I love how the blue and red on the card matches the Cubs uniforms. Most of the cards show the Cubs in their home uniforms too.