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One Million Cubs Project Update from Peoria, Illinois

Another weekend in Peoria, Illinois, and another hotel blaster party. These trips are a lot of fun for me working the IHSA state basketball finals. The two weekends are also vastly different in terms of of the games, and I have fun for different reasons. During the first weekend of small school basketball, there areContinue reading “One Million Cubs Project Update from Peoria, Illinois”

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Sunday Conversation: Childhood Birthday Parties

The past few days I have been doing contract work at the Illinois high school basketball state finals in Peoria. In my previous life, I was Sports Director at a number of radio stations in west central Illinois and covered high school sports extensively. Now, I enjoy working from time to time as a hobbyContinue reading “Sunday Conversation: Childhood Birthday Parties”

Boys of Zimmer: 30th Anniversary Series – 3/7/1989

While recently blogging about a random Cubs pitcher, Pat Perry, I became immersed in articles from 1988 and 1989. This is the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Cubs “Boys of Zimmer,” a team that reached the postseason after a five year hiatus. This daily series will look back at Chicago Tribune articles and columns fromContinue reading “Boys of Zimmer: 30th Anniversary Series – 3/7/1989”

2019 Topps Heritage Review

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Topps Heritage is out, spring training in full swing, March Madness nearing, Opening Day around the corner….and hopefully this midwestern deep freeze will thaw soon. This year was a bit different as Heritage prices have been heavily inflated the past two years and I didn’t order aContinue reading “2019 Topps Heritage Review”

Ozzie, Oddballs, and The Bull

One long box fit just inside my mailbox and inside were 920 Cubs baseball cards courtesy of Mike in Maryland. The selection was a great mix and included an autograph of Ozzie Timmons from 1996 Leaf Signature Series. Another hit in the form of a jersey Relic of Ian Happ from 2018 Allen & Ginter.Continue reading “Ozzie, Oddballs, and The Bull”

Madison, Wisconsin Clarion Hotel Card Show Review

This past Sunday was another card show at the Clarion hotel in Madison, Wisconsin. This show runs monthly from March into the fall, taking the winter months off. My approach for this show was to pick off cards to finish trades, and maybe grab a few Cubs cards. A fellow collector had asked me someContinue reading “Madison, Wisconsin Clarion Hotel Card Show Review”

Flat Rates, Prize Package, and a Surprise

Saturday didn’t disappoint in terms of maildays, although I was hoping my blaster case of 2019 Topps Heritage would get delivered. It didn’t. When I checked my PO Box there were two glorious yellow cards inside…meaning I have two packages too large to fit inside the box. Turned out they were both medium flat rateContinue reading “Flat Rates, Prize Package, and a Surprise”

Cubs Cards From the Wal-Mart Bundle Packs

Five bundles of 50 packs arrived from Wal-Mart on Thursday, and you can read about the contents of my 250 packs HERE. All but 30 packs have been opened. The remaining include 1989 Donruss (Griffey Jr rookie), 1989 Bowman (Griffey Jr rookie), 1990 Fleer (Jose Uribe…haha), and 2006 Topps Series 2 rack packs. I willContinue reading “Cubs Cards From the Wal-Mart Bundle Packs”

The Mail Piled Up While I Was Out

The flu had me down for three days. I felt so crappy, that I didn’t even make the trip down my driveway to the mailbox on Monday or Tuesday. Once Wednesday rolled around I collected my mail that included six packages and more than 2,000 Cubs cards. Chad in Milwaukee sent another envelope just daysContinue reading “The Mail Piled Up While I Was Out”