Oddball Cubs Cards and 32 More Ryne Sandberg's

Another box of Cubs came Friday. This package from Ed out in Baltimore. Our trade was consummated on Facebook group Keep It Real and involved a swap of Orioles for 432 Cubs.

This was a completely blind trade, which can be fun. When conducting these blind bulk team-for-team trades I set my expectations low. If I plan on receiving hundreds of junk era Cubs, it’s a pleasant surprise when newer cards, stars, and oddballs arrive.

The latter was the case in this trade. While mostly junk era, it was filled with oddballs and new additions. One surprise was a 1971 Topps Cubs team card.

Among newer releases was a pile of 2003 SP Legendary Cuts. I do have the Fergie Jenkins and Ernie Banks, but Joe Tinker, Billy Williams, Gabby Hartnett, and Kiki Cuyler grace my collection for the first time. These are really nice cards on thick card stock and the colors used on the borders match up well with the black and white photos.

Back to the junk era was a Mark Grace 1988 Fleer rookie card. Grace is pictured with Darrin Jackson here. Jackson still leaves a bad taste in my mouth from his days broadcasting White Sox games with the unlistenable Hawk Harrelson.

It’s not often I come across needs from the junk era. This time a couple playing card trading cards are scratched off the list with these 1992 Major League Baseball Rookies from Bicycle.

Another rookie oddball came from the 1990 Fleer Award Winners Jerome Walton.

And a 1988 Drake’s Big Hitters Andre Dawson.

What’s wrong with this 2002 Topps Chrome Jason Bere?

Bere is pictured batting. He was a pitcher.

Now for the “Ryno Count.” Not only did this box contain 32 Ryne Sandberg cards, it featured six new cards to the Ryno collection.

Thanks, Ed. Another successful trade.

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