Friday’s a great day. The mailman delivered a great mailday. Three packages arrived filled with Cubs goodness, plus an extra box of cards. But the fourth package of cards won’t be going into my collection. They will be shipped out in my eBay sales and given out at card shows.
I’m a terrible graphic designer. The logo is great (my wife created it), and I probably should have sought out her designing expertise to create the business card. But, Vista Print was running a 50% sale and I jumped in. Let’s get to the good stuff.
First, we have a Sportlots order. On occasion I’ll search seller inventory to pick up Javier Baez cards in volume. One seller had nine Baez cards at $0.18 including one Topps Heritage rookie.
So, then I checked out the rest of his cards and he had a sweet deal on 1951 Bowman. At $3 a pop, I checked out the Cubs checklist and went shopping. First up was #102 Dutch Leonard.
Then #175 Wayne Terwilliger. As of a few years ago, Terwilliger was a great singer through the mail (TTM). I was able to get a baseball signed as well as a color photo of him in a Rangers uniform (coaching).
Hal Jeffcoat comes in at #211 in the set.
And Bill Serena is card #246.
The last Cubs card in his 1951 Bowman inventory was #247 Bob Ramazotti.
Drew, a.k.a. NYHobbyClub on Twitter was the second package. We made a deal that had me send him some 2018 Topps Heritage Minors he needed to finish off the set. He returned some pretty sweet Cubs cards that I needed.
There was a Topps Heritage ad panel that features rookie Victor Caratini (along with Mike Gerber and former Cub Alex Avila).
My first regular Heritage Cubs magenta back of Brandon Morrow, along with a purple chrome.
Also my first Topps Gold Label for 2018 featuring Ryne Sandberg, Yu Darvish, and Ernie Banks.
Short prints from Gold Label included an Ernie Banks 29/150.
And a Class 3 Yu Darvish 21/50.
Now onto the mother lode. Josh from Oklahoma sent a medium flat rate box with a total of 901 Cubs cards, several of which are new to the collection. Here’s a recap of some newbies.
2006 Topps Bazooka Insert Derrek Lee.
2008 Topps Heritage Chrome Refractor Ryan Dempster 122/559.
2008 Topps Heritage Chrome Geovany Soto 1291/1959.
2004 Flair Kerry Wood jersey Relic 37/75.
1989 Fleer Superstars Greg Maddux. Surprisingly, I’ve never seen this 80’s Oddball.
2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Alfonso Soriano.
2010 Topps National Chicle Ernie Banks.
2010 Bowman Chrome purple refractor Blake Lalli 775/899.
2012 Topps Gold Anthony Rizzo 1577/2012.
2011 Bowman Chrome purple Refractor Chris Carpenter 665/799.
2016 Topps Heritage Disc Kyle Schwarber.
2015 Allen & Ginter mini Javier Baez rookie.
2010 Topps Chrome orange Refractor Starlin Castro rookie.
2013 Topps Opening Day ballpark fun featuring Darwin Barney.
1954 Bowman Ralph Kiner. Sweet!!!
2011 Topps cognac diamond anniversary Ernie Banks.
2014 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant!
2014 Donruss power plus Ryne Sandberg.
A couple more Javier Baez rookies!
2016 Topps Heritage purple Chrome Anthony Rizzo.
2016 Donruss bat kings relic Jorge Soler 60/99.
2017 Donruss Elite Series Anthony Rizzo 40/349.
Kris Bryant Platinum series, which I’ve never seen or heard of.
And a really sweet 2018 Allen & Ginter mini framed relic Yu Darvish.
What a box! What a day! I’ll be sending Josh a box of Will Clark, Harrison Bader, and some other goodies.
One Million Cubs Project Stats
Friday’s (10/19/2018) Cards: 918
Friday’s (10/19/2018) Packages: 3
Weekly Count: 4,464
Total Count: 173,511