Cubs Oddballs Galore: Trade Review

In the midst of packing for Cubs Convention 2018, I break for a trade review blog post. There were actually two packages in my mailbox today, and after this trade review there are four in the queue, and three more in the mail.

This trade review comes courtesy of Cody Cutter (@codycutter35). Unfortunately, I have not finished up his end of the trade, but will get his cards out early next week. Check out his want list at

First off, let’s get to the Sandberg’s. Cards From The Attic on Twitter wants time to trade some Sandberg’s, so I now dedicate the “Ryno Count” to him. Check out his website,

Ryno Count: 3

Right on top was this oversized 1986 Donruss All-Star Sandberg, which is new to my collection. Throughout the years I have avoided oversized cards, so it has been fun gaining these in recent trades. The other “Ryno’s” included are 1986 Fleer Star Sticker and 1992 Score.

The Sandberg star sticker is a standard sized oddball set, but there were some of the Topps stickers (mini) in this package. Much like the oversized cards, my collection has neglected the mini cards and stickers.

Here are 1982 Topps Stickers of Bill Buckner and Leon Durham. I will actually be meeting Buckner tomorrow night, and you can count on a blog post about that experience. The other Stickers are from 1984: Lee Smith and Ron Cey.

More minis! And in a case I’ve never seen before. This is a 1988 Topps Mini Greg Maddux inside a mini card stand with….

A 1990 Topps Greg Maddux mini.

Many 1980’s and 1990’s minor league team sets are in my collection, but not this card. This is from the 1988 Midwest League All Stars set. Fernando Zarranz was a Peoria Chiefs pitcher that went 2-3, 1.27 ERA with 52 strikeouts to 7 walks in the first half of the 1988 season to be named to the All Star team. Zarranz would reach AAA with the Iowa Cubs, but never did crack a Major League roster.

Brooks Kieschnick makes an appearance with this new card to my collection. It’s a 1996 Upper Deck Hobby Predictor. I like the framing of this picture and the border is not flashy, yet sticks out with the silver on gold.

While the Kieschnick isn’t a flashy design, Fleer came out with a flashy set in the 1990’s with its Flair set. These had a lot of bling going on and were made of thicker stock. Here’s Kevin Foster. I probably have one of these in a box, but Flair is lacking amongst the mid-1990’s sets in the collection.

By 2002 I was in college and showed more interest in Bud Light and co-eds. Baseball cards had been shoved in the back of the closet unseen by any visitors for the sake of my reputation. So I was not aware of this era’s cards and don’t know much about this 2002 Donruss Diamond King’s “Sample” of Hee Seop Choi.

Finally, a smattering of 1988 Donruss Baseball’s Best. These cards were in the design of the standard 1988 Donruss set, but came glossy and with an orange border and different photos. I love the 1988 Donruss design and use of often to create custom Cubs cards using the Rookies App (I’ll save that for a future blog). One of my favorite short-term Cubs is here: Vance Law. He was actually an All-Star in 1988.

Thanks for the trade, Cody! I’ll be completing my search for your want list needs upon my return from Chicago.

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