Sunday, September 25, 2022

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 20,695 Cubs cards from 304 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1975 Topps #519 Jim Todd The righty didn't play for the 1975 Cubs.  He was traded to the A's in early April and in return the Cubs got Champ Summers.

1980s: 1987 Team-Issued Rick Sutcliffe  The Cubs gave away this set of cards on Wednesday, July 29.  Sutcliffe didn't play that day as he started the day before, picking up the win for the Cubs.

1990s: 1991 Classic Series III #T14 Andre Dawson I have 25 different Cubs card from 1991 Classic and this one is the only with a vertical orientation.

2000s: 2001 Stadium Club #171 Corey Patterson  I never noticed this before... above his name is says "2000 MLB Future Star."  Shouldn't is say "2001" since this is a 2001 set?

2010s: 2017 Topps 1987 #74 Kyle Schwarber This picture comes from 2015. Schwarber didn't play and day games at Wrigley Field in 2016.  His only Wrigley appearances that year was as a pinch hitter in game three of the World Series, which was a night game.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Sixties Saturday - 1962 Topps Stamps

 The 1962 Topps Stamps were inserted into wax pack of Topps baseball cards.  They came in two-stamp panels.  New to the 1962 set were team logo stamps.  There are ten Cubs stamps, nine players and the logo.  

All nine players also have Cubs cards in the regular set.  But, there are no Moe stamps for the two Cubs Moes.





Sunday, September 18, 2022

Five Random Cubs Cards

 I've got 20,695 Cubs cards from 304 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1952 Topps #401 Bob Schultz Mrs. WW's maiden name is Schultz.  I'd like to tell you that this guy is related to her, but no, he is no more her relative than Sergeant Schultz.

1980s: 1984 Donruss All-Star #42 Ryne Sandberg  Notice how Donruss still has Ryno listed as a third baseman, even though he spent the entire 1983 season at second.  Oops!

1990s: 1998 Metal #152 Mickey Morandini It is hard to tell from the scan, but yes, this is a Cubs card.  The Cubs picked up Morandini from the Phillies before the 1998 season and he had a pretty good year for the Cubs, replacing the second-time retired Ryne Sandberg.

2000s: 2003 Fleer Tradition Glossy #72 Billy Williams This card could be a what if card, as Billy could have had a card in the 1963 Fleer set that this design is borrowed from.

2010s: 2014 Heritage Clubhouse Collection #CCR-FM Fred McGriff The 2014 Cubs were so bad that Topps didn't give a Clubhouse Collection card to any of their active players.  This McGriff card was the only CC Cubs card from 2014.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Sixties Saturday - 1962 Topps

 We're up to 1962 and this week I have the Topps flagship set, with it's wooden borders.

There are 25 Cubs cards in the set.  Four of those are Hall of Famers.  There are also four rookie stars  and two members of the Topps Rookie All-Star team.

And Moes, we have two Moes!  It is a very eclectic group of players.













Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Light Posting for the Next Few Weeks

 Posting here will be very light for the next few weeks.

Mrs. WW and I are heading back to Camp Arcadia for a couple more weeks of work.  We'll be home for a couple of days and are then heading to Austin, Texas to visit with #2 son and his wife.

I had written ahead and scheduled daily posts the last time we went away.  This time I just don't have that much to write about. There haven't been new products coming out and the Cubs are pretty lousy.  I'll have my usual Saturday and Sunday features coming out since they are easy to do in advance.  But otherwise, it will be pretty quiet around here.

I'll see you in early October.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Topps Living Set Seiya Suzuki

Seiya Suzuki was included in the Topps Living set on August 24.  The print run totaled 3,340.  That is the highest total for a Cubs player in over two years, since Nico Horner's run of 3,523 back in May of 2020.


Monday, September 12, 2022

2022 Cub #61

 The Cubs added player #61 last week and it was a memorable debut.

Pitcher Hayden Wesneski came to the Cubs from the Yankees on August 1 in a trade for Scott Effross.  He was called up from Iowa on September 6 and was brought into the game that same day.  Brought in relief in the fifth inning, he pitched five strong innings and picked up the win.  He gave up just one run on two hits while striking out eight Reds.  It was, like I said, a memorable debut.

The Cubs now trail the Angels, Reds, and Pirates by one player and are eight short of tying last year's record of 69.  With September call-ups now limited to just two players, I doubt that they will set a new record.