Sunday, August 27, 2023

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 21,195 Cubs cards from 316 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1963 Topps #212 Glen Hobbie The lefty lost 57 games between 1960 and 1963, won just 35, and had an ERA above 4 over that span.  How bad were the Cubs that they kept running him out there every four games?

1980s: 1982 Fleer #606 Mike Tyson  Tyson was cut during spring training in 1982 and never played in the big leagues again.  

1990s: 1993 Studio #8 Steve Buechele The placement of the logo background and Buechele's helmet almost end up giving him a Mickey Mouse ears hat.

2000s: 2000 Topps Chrome #106 Mickey Morandini This is the guy that should have gotten the Mickey Mouse ears, not Steve Buechele.

2010s: 2016 Topps Now Throwback Thursday #133 Kris Bryant  The only Throwback Thursday cards I have are those, like this one, from the World Series.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Comparing the Main Brands - 2001

 Year - 2001

Main Brands -  Topps, Donruss, Fleer, Pacific, Upper Deck

Number of Players Included Among All the Sets: 39

Players Included in Every Set: 4

Donruss has returned after a two-year break, so we are back to five brands.  However, they didn't add much to the tally since there are just six Cubs cards in their set.

The number of Cubs players is up, to 39, while just four players have a card in each of the five sets.  Topps has a team picture on a team card for the first time in twenty years.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Light Blogging Ahead

 Things are going to be pretty slow around here for the next several week.  Mrs. WW and I are going back to work at Camp Arcadia for four of the next six weeks. Then, after a week at home we are heading across the pond to Berlin, where WW Jr. is going to college.

I'll have the Saturday brand comparison posts, since they are already written and scheduled.  I may also may schedule some Five Random Cubs Cards posts for Sunday.

Play nice while I am gone!

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Living Set Ron Santo

July was the best month ever, as the Living Set had three different Cubs cards.  In fact the three in one month matches the three Cubs total from each of the years 2020 - 2022.

The print run for Santo's card was a bit disappointing, at just 1,917.  

The photo that was used as the basis of the artist's work was one that Topps has used before.  That too is disappointing.  


But I guess I shouldn't complain and just be happy that he was included in the set and that there have been three Cubs in a pretty short time-span.

Now, when will Topps include Billy Williams in the set?

Card   PlayerDate Released    Days Since Last Cub    Print Run
5Ian Happ3/21/18 3,042
30Brandon Morrow5/16/18565,585
64Ryne Sandberg8/8/18847,212
67Anthony Rizzo8/15/1875,568
83David Bote9/19/18355,345
103Javier Baez11/7/18494,499
127Kris Bryant1/2/19565,361
210Jason Heyward7/10/191892,573
217Ernie Banks7/31/19215,406
266Kyle Hendricks12/4/191262,074
310Nico Hoerner5/6/201543,523
323Willson Contreras  6/25/20502,052
352Alec Mills9/30/20971,886
429Craig Kimbrel7/7/212801,780
453Patrick Wisdom9/29/21841,547
473Frank Schwindel12/8/21701,764
516Marcus Stroman5/4/221471,686
519Fergie Jenkins5/18/22142,589
547Seiya Suzuki8/24/22983,340
609Lee Smith3/9/231971,775
638Rick Monday7/5/231181,612
641Christopher Morel7/19/23142,187
643Ron Santo7/26/2371,917

Monday, August 21, 2023

Miles Mastrobouni Follows the Rules

Yes, I have an autographed card of Miles Mastrobuoni.  

Who? you may say.  And I don't blame you.  The light-hitting infielder has been on the Iowa shuttle all season.  I've been totally unimpressed with him, yet Topps thought him worthy of inclusion in series two's Baseball Stars autograph insert set.  Baseball Stars??  Miles Mastrobuoni????

But, since rules are rules, I had an obligation to get the card. Luckily, there wasn't a big run on his cards like there was for Matt Mervis.  I got the card for $10, delivered.

Mastrobuoni is the 161st player in my collection of those with a certified autograph showing them as a Cub in a season that they played for the Cubs.  

Terry AdamsKevin FosterJon LesterHenry R. Rodriguez
Arismendy Alcantara    Dexter FowlerCole LiniakManuel Rodriquez
Albert AlmoraJackson FrazierGreg MadduxChris Rusin
Moises AlouKyuji FujikawaNick MadrigalAddison Russell
Adbert AlzolayKosuke FukudomeDave MagadanJeff Samardzija
Jake ArrietaSam FuldTrey ManciniRey Sanchez
Javier AssadSean GallagherDillon MaplesRyne Sandberg
Javier BaezNomar Garciaparra    Carlos MarmolKyle Schwarber
Darwin BarneyMatt GarzaSean MarshallScott Servais
Francis BeltranLeo GomezMiles MastrobuoniJorge Soler
David BoteTom GorzelannyMatt MervisAlfonso Soriano
Milton BradleyKevin GreggAlec MillsSammy Sosa
Roosevelt BrownAngel GuzmanScott MooreGeovany Soto
Kris BryantJason HammelChristopher Morel    Steve Smyth
Scott BullettTodd HaneyMatt MurtonJustin Steele
Freddie BynumIan HappRod MyersMarcus Stroman
Marlon ByrdBrendan HarrisThomas NealSeiya Suzuki
Jeimer CandelarioKevin HartJames NorwoodMatt Szczur
Victor CaratiniKyle HendricksRoberto NovoaRyan Theriot
Andrew CashnerJason HeywardWill OhmanKeegan Thompson
Larry CassianJose HernandezAugie OjedaOzzie Timmons
Frank CastilloBobby HillMike OltSteve Trachsel
Welington CastilloRich HillRyan O'MalleyDuane Underwood
Starlin CastroNico HoernerKevin OrieJermaine Van Buren
Ronny CedenoMicah HoffpauirAngel PaganNelson Velazquez
Rocky CherryBrandon HughesBob PattersonJosh Vitters
Matt ClementCesar IzturisEric PattersonTodd Walker
Steve ClevengerBrett JacksonCorey PattersonTodd Wellemeyer
Buck CoatsReed JohnsonDavid PattonRandy Wells
Tyler ColvinJacque JonesJoc PedersonTurk Wendell
Willson ContrerasMatt KarchnerCarlos PenaHayden Wesneski
Juan CruzDavid KeltonBilly PetrickJerome Williams
Yu DarvishBrooks Kieschnick Felix PiePatrick Wisdom
Wade DavisCaleb KilianLou PiniellaKerry Wood
Blake DeWittCraig KimbrelMark PriorTravis Wood
Rafael DolisBryan LaHairBrooks RaleyMichael Wuertz
Scott DownsJunior LakeAramis RamirezCarlos Zambrano
Jason DubuoisTommy LaStellaAlfonso RivasRob Zastryzny
Carl EdwardsDerrek LeeAnthony RizzoBen Zobrist
Kyle FarnsworthJon LeiberHenry RodriguezJulio Zuleta
Mike Fontenot