Last month, Bob D’Angelo from Sports Collectors Daily reached out wanting to do an article on the One Million Cubs Project. We had about a 45-minute conversation on the hobby, and Cubs cards.
It was a great article, that you can find HERE.
Bob was gracious enough to help with the cause and a package of Cubs cards arrived Friday. A total of 48 Cubs were included from all decades.
It began with a 1958 Topps John Goryl. Goryl made his big league debut with the Cubs in 1957 and played in Chicago to 1959. He later played for the Minnesota Twins from 1962 to 1964, and later became manager of the Twins for parts of the 1980 and 1981 seasons.
Danny Murphy was a very highly touted baseball player when he signed with the Cubs in June 1960. He signed for a $100,000 bonus on June 15, 1960 following his graduation from prep school in Massachusetts. Only three days later he made his MLB debut as the Cubs starting center fielder. On September 13, 1960, Murphy became the youngest Cub to hit a home run at the age of 18 years, three weeks. He played for the Cubs through the 1962 season, and was out of the big leagues until 1969 when the Chicago White Sox called him up.
Fergie Jenkins had an amazing 1971 season winning 24 games. That topped runner-up Steve Carlton by four victories.
This past week the About the Cards podcast discussed the most iconic baseball cards of the National League Central teams.
Ben, @ourtradingcards, reached out to get my thoughts on the Cubs. I mentioned the 1954 Topps Ernie Banks rookie, as well as the 1961 Topps Ron Santo rookie, 1983 Topps Ryne Sandberg rookie, 1997 Bowman Kerry Wood rookie, 1984 Donruss Joe Carter rated rookie, 1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick Shawon Dunston, and 2013 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant. There were two that I left off. The guys did bring up the 1962 Topps Lou Brock rookie, one of my favorites. One that is iconic to me is the 1977 Topps Big League Brothers of Rick and Paul Reuschel.
Bob also added a pile of 2019 Topps Cubs baseball cards including my favorite, Javier Baez.
One Million Cubs Project Stats
Friday’s (2/15/2019) Cards: 79
Friday’s (2/15/2019) Packages: 2
January’s Cubs Count: 9,343
February’s Cubs Count: 5,908
Total Trades/Donations: 52
Trade States of Origin:
New Jersey (5)
New York (5)
North Carolina (2)