Friday, April 12, 2024

2024 Factory Team Set Cubs

 The factory team sets always seem to just show up.  They aren't typically listed on the upcoming releases schedules, or at a least not on the schedules I have seen.  I wonder why Topps does that?

Last week the Cubs team set showed up in my team set Ebay search.  I found two different sellers that had them.  The overall price was the same with both, but one listing had free shipping while the other had shipping listed separately.  I went with the separate shipping seller because you don't pay sales tax on shipping.  That saves me 6¢ per dollar and every penny counts!

As of Thursday afternoon there were just five sets listed on Trading Card Database.  I'm sure all of the team sets have been released, but that shows me how slow the word is getting out about these.  The Cubs set wasn't on TCDB when I first looked, so I added it.

The set contains 17 cards, as it has since 2010. All of the 17 Cubs are still with the organization, though a few are on the IL and two are in AAA (though still on the 40 man roster).

I'll start with the players that have cards in series one, so these are pictures you've seen before.






These eleven represent all of the Cubs players in series one.  I don't think that happens often, when every single series one player is in the factory team set.  All of the pictures are the same.  It's been a while since Topps used different pictures in the factory set.  The only difference on any of the cards is that Morel's flagship card says Future Stars across the top.




These six are the players with cards new to 2024.  The Leiter card add another wild scream card to the five we had in series one.  We also get two more of the ugly City Connect uniforms, which is a bummer.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

We Saw the Cubs Yesterday...

 ... the South Bend Cubs.  In December the SB Cubs had a food drive and gave a free ticket for each item donated.  We dropped some things off while on a bike ride there.  The tickets were good for only three dates in April.  We decided to go yesterday, which also was Mrs. WW's birthday.

The weather was cloudy and in the mid-60s, but for April around here that isn't too bad.

Our seats were behind the Cubs dugout.  I splurged and paid two bucks per seat to upgrade to these.

And I got the birthday girl's name on the video board.

The game was close through the first four innings, tied 3-3.  But the Timber Rattlers tallied four runs in both the fifth and sixth inning.  It was getting colder and radar showed that rain was on the way, so we left after the bottom of the sixth.

We weren't the only ones that left early.  This is what the stands looked like on our way out.

The rain never came and the Cubs made it interesting but still lost 14-8.  But it was still a nice way to spend a spring night.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The 1980s and 1990s Box Bottom Cubs

 Topps put special versions of some cards on the bottom of retail wax packs boxes from 1986 through 1991.  There are a total of five Cubs cards among those and I picked them up over the past couple of weeks.  

The Topps versions were not difficult or expensive.  Topps' Canadian partner O-Pee-Chee also put cards on the bottoms of their boxes over the same time period.  The OPC cards are more scare and I've opted to not get them right now.  I may later, but not now.

The box cards were always different from the real Topps cards.  A different picture of the player was used on the front.  The backs listed a career milestone the player hit the previous season.  The cards also did not have a number.  Instead, they were given a letter.

Below are the Cubs cards and their backs so you can see what milestone was being acknowledged.

And if you're curious, below I've got the box cards next to their flagship counterpart.  You can see which set got the better picture.






I give the nod to the box set for the top four and the flagship for the 1991 Dawson.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

2024 Big League Cubs

 The 2024 edition of Big League came out in late March.  The 310-card checklist is divided into five subgroups: Common – #1-200, Uncommon Rainbow Foil – #201-250, Rare Blue Foil – #251-275, Super Rare Red – #276-300. and Legendary Gold Foil – #301-310.  And of course, the cards become harder to get as you work your way down the checklist.

I  got lucky.  There are ten Cubs in the set, and six of the ten are in the first subgroup.  There are three more in the second group and just one in the third.  No Cubs are in the fourth and fifth groups.

I bought a team set that included cards from the first two groups.  The last card, in the third group, was easy to find and not expensive at all.




These are the cards from the first group


Uncommon Rainbow Foil has these three Cubs.

Cody Bellinger was in the third group, Rare Blue Foil.