Thanks to a couple big trades at this past weekend’s Chicago Sports Spectacular, and a big Monday mailday I am on pace to reach my 2019 goal of 400,000 Cubs baseball cards.
Since I headed to Chicago mid-afternoon on Friday, I had a pileup in my mailbox come Monday. A total of six packages containing nearly 3,000 Cubs baseball cards were inside.
Erik in Ohio sent a package that included a familiar card. Or wait, is it familiar? At first glance this Sportsflics-type card appeared to be Sammy Sosa. The only other card like this I have seen was from the 1990’s featuring Sosa and maybe Ryne Sandberg. Nope, this was David Bote. And on the back it says, “Cubs Season Ticket Holder.” Very cool, I had no idea these even existed.
The Fun Foods pins that were released in 1984 were….FUN! Here’s Ron Cey. I discovered these pins early in the One Million Cubs Project and thought they were so cool I went on a big shopping spree on Sportlots to complete the Cubs set.
I love Bowman colors, and here’s a blue refractor of Marco Hernandez numbered 51/250.
Some exciting news came out this week to Topps Montgomery Club members. The 2020 membership has some added value with exclusive presales on online products. The first was announced and it’s Bowman Heritage. This is a product I loved, but they ran out of designs to use and it was discontinued several years ago. I’m excited to see what type of design they use. It is scheduled to be released online soon. This Felix Pie is an example of the 2007 Bowman Heritage product.
Tony in Arizona sent some goodies that were not part of my collection. I was giddy to see this Javier Baez because…I haven’t seen it before. Black borders look really sharp on cards, and it’s numbered 294/299.
More Javy Baez that are new to my collection. A Topps Gallery gold from 2017 and a 2019 Topps Chrome refractor.
More gold, and this is a Cubs pitcher that didn’t really live up to expectations when he signed as a free agent. Brandon Morrow from 2018 Topps Update.
I loved Topps Total like this 2004 Topps Total Michael Barrett. Topps brought back the product earlier this year, but as an online product. In my opinion, which I blogged about my dissatisfaction, Topps Total should be a cheap, low-end product.
Recently I held a Twitter blowout sale with some random memorabilia that I have acquired. One piece of the collection was something I considered framing for myself, but it really doesn’t fit into what I display in my basement (Cubs, Wisconsin Badgers, and Pearl Jam). Shane in Texas reached out for a trade and we made a deal. He sent some Javy Baez cards.
Cole Roederer is one of my favorite Cubs prospects and he was in this year’s Bowman Platinum.
Johnny Field was one of those players that got some rookie cards in this year’s Topps products that most fans and collectors are asking, “WHO?” Field received an insert from the 1984 subset and this is a blue border.
Sports Card Hub in New York sent a nice package that included several Kris Bryant cards.
Ken in California included an Aramis Ramirez jersey relic.
His package also contained a whole bunch of Ryne Sandberg cards.
Albert in Washington, D.C. sent over a large flat rate box that had plenty of good Cubs stuff. One envelope inside had a bunch of oversized Cubs with several Dave Kingman and Bruce Sutter 1980 Topps 5×7 cards, and a couple Ryne Sandberg oversized oddballs.
Speaking of Ryne Sandberg, I’ve always been fascinated by his brief tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies. I still need to pick up his 1980 Reading Phillies card (it’s not cheap), but I was able to secure a 1981 Oklahoma City 89ers PSA graded card. This is a Tri-Star Obak from 2009 that pictures Ryno in his 89ers uniform.
A few Greg Maddux rookie cards were also included.
My first box topper from 2008 Topps Heritage features a rookie card of Kevin Hart alongside Nick Swisher and Carlos Ruiz.
After the weekend at the Chicago Sports Spectacular and this big mailday I am pacing at more than 400 cards per day in 2019 (that includes Sundays and holidays as well), and current projections have me reaching just more than 403,000 Cubs baseball cards by the end of the year.
One Million Cubs Project Stats
Monday’s (11/25/2019) Cards: 2,819
Monday’s (11/25/2019) Packages: 6
January’s Cubs Count: 9,343
February’s Cubs Count: 8,980
March’s Cubs Count: 15,704
April’s Cubs Count: 11,651
May’s Cubs Count: 7,273
June’s Cubs Count: 7,690
July’s Cubs Count: 10,803
August’s Cubs Count: 11,929
September’s Cubs Count: 9,127
October’s Cubs Count: 15,675
November’s Cubs Count: 26,012
Total Trades/Donations: 304
Trade States of Origin:
New Hampshire (2)
New Jersey (15)
New Mexico (4)
New York (29)
North Carolina (6)
Rhode Island (2)
South Carolina (2)
West Virginia (7)
Countries of Origin