Thursday, June 30, 2022

2022 Topps Series 2 Cubs Inserts

 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.  

Stroman is the lone Cub in the 1987 Topps set.  

Ryno was the only Cubs in 50-card All Star set.



The Cubs were 4 for 100 with the Silver Pack set.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

2022 Topps Series 2 Cubs Short-Print Variations

  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.

Ernie Banks' card #490 was swapped for Nico Hoerner.  Yes, they are both shortstops, but Nico Hoerner is no Ernie Banks!

Wishful thinking on Topps' part has Nick Madrigal's #466 being replaced by Ryne Sandberg.  Again, same positions but definitely not the same player.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

2022 Topps Series 2 Cubs

 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?

The team card shows a rare 2021 win celebration.



Noting too out of the ordinary with the seven players that are still on the team.


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

Three New Rule Followers

 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.


Nick Madrigal and Alfonso Rivas were both included in Inception's Rookies and Emerging Stars set.  I think that is a stretch for both of them.

Marcus Stoman was on Gypsy Queen's checklist.  I'd imagine that he will have autographs in several other sets.  This is the blank name version, which is a really dumb idea.  You need the printed name to figure out the player since you can't tell by trying to read the autograph.

I'm now up to 147 different players that follow my rule.  I counted ten that are currently on the Cubs active roster.  I didn't think that there would have been that many.

Terry AdamsCarl EdwardsJunior LakeHenry Rodriguez
Arismendy Alcantara  Kyle FarnsworthDerrek LeeAramis Ramirez
Albert AlmoraMike FontenotJon LeiberHenry Rodriguez
Moises AlouKevin FosterJon LesterChris Rusin
Adbert AlzolayDexter FowlerCole LiniakAddison Russell
Jake ArrietaKyuji FujikawaGreg MadduxJeff Samardzija
Javier BaezKosuke FukudomeNick MadrigalRey Sanchez
Darwin BarneySam FuldDave MagadanRyne Sandberg
Francis BeltranSean GallagherDillon MaplesKyle Schwarber
David BoteNomar Garciaparra  Carlos MarmolScott Servais
Milton BradleyMatt GarzaSean MarshallJorge Soler
Roosevelt BrownLeo GomezAlec MillsAlfonso Soriano
Kris BryantTom GorzelannyScott MooreSammy Sosa
Scott BullettKevin GreggMatt MurtonGeovany Soto
Freddie BynumAngel GuzmanRod MyersSteve Smyth
Marlon ByrdJason HammelThomas NealMarcus Stroman
Jeimer CandelarioTodd HaneyJames Norwood  Matt Szczur
Victor CaratiniIan HappRoberto NovoaRyan Theriot
Andrew CashnerBrendan HarrisWill OhmanKeegan Thompson
Larry CassianKevin HartAugie OjedaOzzie Timmons
Frank CastilloKyle HendricksMike OltSteve Trachsel
Welington CastilloJason HeywardRyan O'MalleyDuane Underwood
Starlin CastroJose HernandezKevin OrieJermaine Van Buren
Ronny CedenoBobby HillAngel PaganJosh Vitters
Rocky CherryRich HillBob PattersonTodd Walker
Matt ClementNico HoernerEric PattersonTodd Wellemeyer
Steve ClevengerMicah HoffpauirCorey PattersonRandy Wells
Buck CoatsCesar IzturisDavid PattonTurk Wendell
Tyler ColvinBrett JacksonJoc PedersonJerome Williams
Willson ContrerasReed JohnsonCarlos PenaKerry Wood
Juan CruzJacque JonesBilly PetrickTravis Wood
Yu DarvishMatt KarchnerFelix PieMichael Wuertz
Wade DavisDavid KeltonLou PiniellaCarlos Zambrano
Blake DeWittBrooks Kieschnick Mark PriorRob Zastryzny
Rafael DolisCraig KimbrelBrooks RaleyBen Zobrist
Scott DownsBryan LaHairAlfonso RivasJulio Zuleta
Jason DubuoisTommy LaStellaAnthony Rizzo

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Cubs Win!!

 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

Out on Vacation


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

2022 Cub #44

 The 44th player has taken the field for the 2022 Cubs.

What a week for the Chicagoland native.  Pitcher Eric Stout was called up on Monday, pitched in games on Tuesday and Wednesday, and was designated for assignment on Thursday.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

2020 Cubs Season Ticket Holders Set In Action Subset

 The In Action subset is the small of all the subsets, just two cards.

Topps go super lazy with this card.  They didn't use the 1972 font for Baez' name and instead used a pretty boring font instead.

They did much better with the 1982 version of In Action.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

1976 O-Pee-Chee Cubs

 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. 

O-Pee-Chee used a darker shaded cardboard, so their borders aren't as white as the Topps cards.  Otherwise, the fronts are identical.

The differences on the back are the usual bilingual differences.

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.