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Saturday Mailday From a Cubs Fantasy Camp Umpire

Last week, Brian in Chandler, Arizona reached out saying he had some Cubs to send me. In return I’ll be sending out Brewers and Diamondbacks. His package arrived Saturday, and instantly I had to send him a message as he had included some Club 400 stickers. My love for Club 400 is well known here,Continue reading “Saturday Mailday From a Cubs Fantasy Camp Umpire”

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A Chicago Cub Right in my Backyard

Sometime in the mid-2000’s I ramped up my through the mail (TTM) collecting. From 2004 through 2008 I amassed a collection of more than 1,000 Cubs autographed baseball cards that were all successes by sending a letter in the mail. There are two great sources for TTM collecting. Mainly, is Sports Collector’s Net, a hugeContinue reading “A Chicago Cub Right in my Backyard”

2018 Chicago Cubs Draft Day Custom Card Set

The 2018 Major League Baseball draft was held earlier this month. The MLB draft has been an event I have closely followed since the early 2000’s. Before it became a prime time event on MLB Network I would sit by my Gateway computer during summer break from college listening online at MLB.com as each pickContinue reading “2018 Chicago Cubs Draft Day Custom Card Set”

An Awesome Unexpected Mailday Packed With Cubs Autographs

As I opened my mailbox I was expecting one package to be inside (more on that tomorrow). But to my surprise there was a second and larger package. The curiosity struck me because I currently do not have any trades that would arrive today. It was sent from my buddy Matt in Galesburg, Illinois. ThisContinue reading “An Awesome Unexpected Mailday Packed With Cubs Autographs”

2018 Topps Series 2 Chicago Cubs Preview

Tomorrow (Wednesday 6/12) marks the release date for 2018 Topps Series 2. Normally, I don’t even buy blasters of this product, only picking some up in my stocking at Christmas. But this year it seems somewhat enticing, maybe because I had fun breaking Topps Series 1 this year. Also, my wife will be out ofContinue reading “2018 Topps Series 2 Chicago Cubs Preview”

Tips For The Beginner Collector

Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of meeting new collectors. Some have literally just begun their collections. When beginning something new there are always plenty of questions. This is sort of a guide in an attempt to help out new collectors or those looking to begin a collection. It’s certainly not aContinue reading “Tips For The Beginner Collector”

A Few More Cubs Cards Scratched From the Want List

My hectic two week schedule has come to an end. It’s both an extremely fun stretch of time each year, but also very stressful and feeing I’m always two (or ten) steps behind. For the second straight Saturday, our IHSA softball championship day schedule was adjusted due to potential severe weather meaning it would beContinue reading “A Few More Cubs Cards Scratched From the Want List”

Checking In From Morton, Illinois

Greetings from a hotel in Morton, Illinois. I am in town for the IHSA state softball championships for the second weekend. This weekend features the Class 3A and Class 4A finals. This was also my birthday week (June 6), so I had a couple nighttime engagements as well as squeezing in mowing the lawn andContinue reading “Checking In From Morton, Illinois”

One Million Cubs Project Weekend Update

It’s been a whirlwind past few days, as expected. This week will be much of the same as I work the Illinois high school softball state finals again next weekend. My travels began on Thursday afternoon as I headed south to Peoria, Illinois. The trip took about 30 minutes longer than normal due to constructionContinue reading “One Million Cubs Project Weekend Update”