A surprise package arrived in my mailbox this week from Elliott City, Maryland. The sender mentioned in a note that he played football in the 1990’s at Beloit College, which is just 45 minutes down the road from me. I also broadcast a few Beloit College football and basketball games while covering their conference foe, Monmouth College.
Inside his package were two team bags with a total of 25 cards.
Another 1990 Bowman card inside was one of my favorites, Earl Cunningham. Recently, I discovered a through the mail (TTM) autograph success from Cunningham. I sent a note to Cunningham with a blue sharpie as I have been seeking out a 1990 Score card signed in blue like the one I had as a 9-year old. Fingers crossed. According to the tracking information, it was delivered to the address on March 25.
One card was new to my collection, and part of a set I’ve been seeking out for quite some time. Fritsch Cards in my state of Wisconsin put out many oddball sets in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The One Year Wonders (OYW) was published in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and it’s hard to find these sets anywhere and they can be pricey. Even singles run several bucks. Leonard Church was a one-year wonder for the Chicago Cubs during the 1966 season. He appeared in four games and tossed six innings posting a 0-1 record with three strikeouts and seven walks. Church was a local Chicago product out of Lane Tech High School.
Ray Burris is also here in 1978 Topps form. I’ve been able to hang out with Ray several times in the past couple years, and will be seeing him again on May 2 at Club 400. He’s a great guy, and tells some really funny stories.
One Million Cubs Project Stats
Wednesday’s (4/3/2019) Cards: 25
Wednesday’s (4/3/2019) Packages: 1
January’s Cubs Count: 9,343
February’s Cubs Count: 8,980
March’s Cubs Count: 15,704
April’s Cubs Count: 150
Total Trades/Donations: 88
Trade States of Origin:
New Jersey (6)
New York (7)
North Carolina (2)