Finally Making Good on My Promise

Back around last year’s MLB trade deadline, I wrote this post all but denouncing the Cubs for making what I believed to be a terrible trade. I thought that the integrity of the team was compromised for very little discernible benefit and expressed my disdain for the “win by any means necessary” attitude that seemed contradictory to their public statements before or since.

In that post I made a promise.  I said that I would donate money to a charity that supported and assisted abused women.  For each save Aroldis Chapman would earn for the Cubs, I would donate $25.  For any post-season save, those would be $50.

I tried to do some research and found what I hope is a reputable organization.  I decided my donation would go to Connections for Abused Women and Children – http://www.cawc.org/donate/

Overall, since joining the team, he accumulated 16 regular season saves.  At $25 each = $400.

Then you have 4 post season saves – $50 each = $200

I decided that I would also throw in an extra $150 for the joy I felt when he blew that save in game 7.  My biggest fear with him joining the team was that he would earn the final out of the World Series and forever be memorialized and be deemed a Chicago hero by many.  Mike Montgomery came in and induced the ground ball and your normal Cubs poster boys of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo essentially share that moment that will be replayed for the rest of our days.

So, that totals $750.  Not a large sum of money in the grand scheme of things, but I hope it does help.

I devoted a portion of that original post to the idea that character matters.  The rest of the Cubs seemed like they had a very palpable chemistry and were well-liked, and vocal and active in their communities with charity and helping people.  They’ve been great teammates to each other.

I’ve realized that I haven’t been a very good “teammate” in the worldly sense.  I tend to be very selfish and self-serving in my actions.  I want to change that.  We’re in this country together.  It’s not enough to just bitch and moan about things that are going wrong.  Since I have the capacity to try to make a little bit of a difference, then perhaps its time I do that.

So, in an effort to be a better teammate to those around me, I’m going to try to do a monthly charity donation.  This is the first one (months too late, but at least it did finally happen) and I want to try to touch various aspects of society in future installments.  I’ll keep you posted on this journey and if you want to join me on any given month, please let me know before or after.  Maybe we can start a nice little charity team.

Digging Out From the Trade Backlog (Trade with Nolan’s Dugout) – Part 3

If you missed part one of the loot I received from Kyle at Nolan’s Dugout, then click on this link.  If you missed part two…here.

As a quick recap, I sent him some Topps online exclusive code giveaway die cuts, and he sent me stuff I could actually use. A lot of stuff.  So much stuff that this still isn’t going to be the last part.

Today is part one of the Kerry Wood barrage.  KW made up the bulk of the package and you can’t go wrong with that.

On the radar

We’ll start off with a nice, shiny card of what appears to be one of the better Bowman’s Best designs.  Typically those sets are too gaudy and busy.  This weird bullseye/radar thing doesn’t bug me.

He never won the Gold Glove

I know this is supposed to be a leather glove, but it gives off more of a book vibe to me.  Perhaps it’s just a bit too straight.  Looking at it, though, I think it would be really interesting if a card would replicate something like this with in depth texture or faux-leather on the side.

Also never won the triple crown

Some 2000s Fleer is fantastic, but some of it is also lazy throwaway stuff like this.  That’s why limiting the number of licensed products per year (one way or another) is key.

Decent background effect

This one is a bit better, although I can’t exactly articulate why.  I mean, it is more than just a couple foil lines.  We have some color and some curves.  And a confusing set name.

I like the use of uniform numbers on cards

I’ll propose the same here as I did with the leather, except let’s get some cheapo wood on the edge.  Obviously not game used, but just to be different and unique.

I think we need a fifth Cubs logo on here

I didn’t realize how long the 206 brand was out there.  This is from what I believe is the initial reboot in 2002.  Riding that fresh Heritage retro high from the year before, I suppose.

An example of uniform number use that doesn’t work well

Remember that conversation about throwaway sets from Fleer?  I have no idea what is really supposed to be going on with this thing.

Aaah, much better and easier on the eyes

I’m not wild about what Topps did with the recent re-branding of Topps Gold Label.  I’m not sure why it has to be reconfigured to be a one-pack gamble thing instead of a smaller box like Finest.  Not my choice, of course.

Looks like an Upper Deck card

We’ll end today’s post with a set I know very little about.  I vaguely remembered the set existed, but that’s about it.  I see there’s a die cut version I need. Very curious to see how that will look.

For now I’ll enjoy this and the other cards that Kyle has sent over to me in the past.  Stay tuned, because we’re still not done.

2017 Cubs – The Third 10 Games

Another 10 games have passed, and the NL Central is a lot more up for grabs that most people would have assumed.  Or at least not in the ways we’re currently seeing.  I personally thought the Cardinals and Pirates would be threatening.  Instead, we have to worry about Brewers and Reds, too.  The biggest problem the Cubs seem to have is pitching.  The bats haven’t been as potent as usual, but they’re almost always in an early hole.  A stark contrast from the dominance of 2016.

As a result, we only managed 4 wins.  That’s good as a time saver for this game log posts, but bad for the team rooting thing.  You get it. We’ve all been there.

I found I have more strikeout Cubs cards than Wins Cubs cards

Strikeout #29
May 11, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at Houston Astros

The second strike out of the game ended the first inning by getting Eric Anthony looking, leaving Biggio stranded at second after his walk and steal.

May not make much sense when talking about wins

Strikeout #123
August 1, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

Maddux came off of a tougher 5th inning where he gave up 2 runs on 4 hits.  It was a tiny bit of a battle, but Howard Johnson finally went down swinging to start the 6th.

It’s also hard to write captions

Strikeout #157
August 31, 1992 – Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs

If it weren’t for the 6 strikeouts, this being the last, Maddux might have thrown a Maddux.  He walked away with 107 scoreless pitches over nine.  Henry Rodriguez took up 5 of those last batch of pitches in his swinging strike.

I’ll be extremely happy when I complete this set

Strikeout #169
September 11, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

The sixth of nine Ks on the night came in the 6th inning with the Cubs cruising on a 6-run lead.  Geronimo Pena tried but ended up swinging and missing like so many before.

Anniversary Cards From Years Past

This week marked my 6th wedding anniversary.  That’s a very strange thing to think about.  It doesn’t seem like it’s been that “long.” I remember the wedding quite vividly and even though I can mark various benchmarks and events on a timeline over the past six years if forced, my general impression is that it feels like maybe two?

I assume that’s a good sign.  Overall, we’ve been together for 14 years (another crazy number when written or spoken aloud, because mentally I feel like I’m in my early 20’s), so there’s certainly a level of comfort we’ve grown into.

Part of that is that we kind of don’t care too much about giving anniversary gifts.  Our joy lies in celebrating with a high-end restaurant of some kind and possibly finding a show/performance.  Beyond that, maybe we’ll find a little thing to give as a present, but we leave each other to our own devices.

These past couple years, that’s meant I’ve gone card shopping.  I don’t need much that I don’t already have in life, and hobby-wise I’d rather just buy singles myself than to feel like I’m forcing her to figure out this weird complicated want list thing I’ve got going.  So, for this installment I went to COMC last year (or maybe two years ago – again, time flies) and found some fun stuff to congratulate myself on not messing things up over the past year.

Overflowing with invisible fans

I should have looked closer at this card when I was making my “advertising” post a while back.

Part of the 5+ year married club

Normally when I’ve binged on that site, I’ve focused my attention on numbered cards.  There are still plenty of them to be had on the cheap and it feels like I’m accomplishing more with my collection for some reason.

From the year I got married

This is my second Topps Marquee card from this first year.  Aside from the unnumbered one, it’s all increased rarity from here.

Shine on, flameout

This is a special one for me.  I think some of you may understand that I’ve grown to appreciate new Marmol cards more now that I’m over the 50% complete mark.  This set is tough, and the parallels can be a bit overpriced (in my opinion).  So, to finally get this green #/99 within my price range puts me one step closer to a complete year. Only 3 more from this set and 2006 is done.

Not legal tender

The other thing I look for are specific oddballs, like these coins from Pinnacle Mint.

1997 seen here and above

These are the bronze ones that came 2 per hobby pack for the most part.  There were silver and gold ones as well, but those had long odds and still pull in bigger money.

1998 looks…off

I believe the same structure may be true of 1998.  All I know is bronze are pretty easy to find for less than a Sacagawea coin and I may never have those other metal alloys.

Probably got a hit or two with that bat – assuming it’s real

The third thing I search for, and lowest priority, are dirt cheap relics.  To meet the mark, it needs to be under $4 for the hall of famers and under $3 for the rest.  Why?  Well, I figure if I win an ebay auction with a minimum bid, that would be about the same price.

I love this picture

Look, another Marmol card!  This is from the online exclusive Topps Mini boxes.  If I’m reading my want list correctly, I need maybe 5 more relics total.

White Sox jersey? Probably not.

Last up for today is a third relic.  I’ve had good luck finding Big Hurt cloth pieces on there so far.  I guess it helps when the card is “A’s” with the picture and “Blue Jays” in name for a player that mostly Chicago fans care about.  Still, I needed it and I’m not discriminating.

What can I say, I think I’ve been pretty lucky finding keepers in all areas of life.  Okay, that was cheesy and terrible.  Good thing she doesn’t read this blog or else maybe she’s realize her mistake.

If I Were To Collect: New York Yankees Edition

[The twenty-fourth in a series:  I’m picking one player that I associate with a team (whether they spent the majority of their career there or not) that I would strongly consider adding to my official want lists.  They may not always be superstars, or the most popular, and honestly they may not always be my favorite player from the team, but that’s what will make this fun, no?]

Alright, so I didn’t get to finish this series by the end of the last season.  Considering how close I am to being done, this year will be the year.  That also means I’ll have to revise some drafts, because players I picked back then are not necessarily on these teams.

We recently finished up a series with the Yankees that didn’t go so well for the Cubbies.  This season hasn’t really gone well for us so far.  It’s interesting to see the Yankees as a younger team again.  Still, this choice is tough.  There’s a lot of potential money that would be spent if I were to do this for real. I can’t do the big boys – Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio.  Hell even Jeter is way too much. I could go contrarian with Kevin Maas or Joba Chamberlain or Raul Ibanez, but that doesn’t sound too fun.

Remember this card from my “most expensive Marmol” post?

The nod goes to Mariano Rivera.  Again, it’d be a lot of money, but that’s the deal if I were to compete against the swarm of New York collectors.  I think he might be more manageable than others in the cost department and there’d be fewer cards due to his role.  I understand that it’s fun to hate on Yankees players in general, but Mo gets a pass from most.  He’s done a lot off the field for people and he happens to be one of the best closers, if not the best, to ever play the game.

Starlin Castro in the “new” duds

Current player runner-up:  Starlin Castro

This was going to be Carlos Beltran.  Instead, I’m kind of cheating here.  I have a good head start on the Castro collection (and I have a lot to trade to people if anyone is at all interested.  Please!), so it wouldn’t be too hard to pick it back up.  It’s very strange to see him in these pinstripes, but I’m very happy he’s having a great year so far.

Watch the die cut, don’t want to get a Boo Boo. Right Yogi?

Retired player runner-upYogi Berra

When thinking about the incredibly deep history of the Yankees, there were a lot of directions I could go.  I decided that personality was the main driver and went with quip master Yogi Berra.  You could easily make a case for dozens of guys, especially when we’re talking about fake collecting and hypothetical money, but this made the most sense for me.

The Series So Far
Angels – (tie) Jim Abbott & Vladimir Guerrero
Astros – J.R. Richard
Athletics
Blue Jays – Carlos Delgado
Braves – Steve Avery
Brewers – Bob Eucker
Cardinals – Jim Edmonds
Cubs
Diamondbacks – Randy Johnson
Dodgers – Jackie Robinson
Giants – Kevin Mitchell
Indians – Jim Thome
Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton
Mets – (tie) Darryl Strawberry & Dwight Gooden
Nationals/Expos – (tie) Marquis Grissom & Delino DeShields
Orioles – Adam Jones
Padres
Phillies – Mike Schmidt
Pirates –  Andrew McCutchen
Rangers – Nolan Ryan
Rays/Devil Rays – Evan Longoria
Red Sox
Reds – Eric Davis
Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez
Royals
Tigers – Alan Trammell
Twins
White Sox – Paul Konerko
Yankees – Mariano Rivera

Trade Bait – 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of other current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

Post updated 5/24/2017

hits

Hanrahan Mini Relic
Asdrubal Cabrera Full Relic
Archer Auto – SOLD
Ruf Auto

Parallels

Ken Griffey Jr. Sliding Stars Cyan Printing Plate 1/1
Killebrew Blue Framed Paper #/499 – TRADED
Strawberry Black Mini #/199 – TRADED
Mazeroski Sepia Mini – SOLD
Kell Green Mini – SOLD

Inserts 1

Dealing Aces
Bauer
Moore
Cain
Gio Gonzalez
Price
Wainwright

Glove Stories
Machado – SOLD
Werth
Jay

inserts 2

Glove Stories
Jeter

No-Hitters
Koufax
Halladay
Cain
Millwood
Weaver
Bailey

inserts 3 & regular mini

Sliding Stars
Griffey Jr
Prince Fielder
Carlos Gonzalez (x2)
McCutchen

Collisions at the Plate
Rosario
Montero – KEEPING
Posey

Mini
Skaggs – PENDING

Regular Minis

Regular Minis
Jesus Montero – PENDING
Ozzie Smith – PENDING
Leake – PENDING
Butler – PENDING
Gooden – PENDING
Morse – PENDING
Adam Eaton – PENDING
Brett – PENDING
Medlen – SOLD
Snider – PENDING
Zimmerman – PENDING
Niese – PENDING
Fielder – PENDING
Posey – PENDING
Rosenthal – PENDING
Doby – PENDING
Marichal – PENDING
Cueto – PENDING
Fowler – KEEPING
Sale – PENDING

Hobby Exclusive Minis

Hobby Exclusive Minis
Schmidt – PENDING
Will Clark – PENDING
Rickey Henderson – PENDING
Fielder – PENDING
Machado – SOLD
Pujols – PENDING
Feller – PENDING
Kershaw – PENDING
Mathews – PENDING
Gio Gonzalez – PENDING

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 45, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 59, 63, 65, 66, 67, 68, 73, 74, 75, 78, 79, 80, 82, 84, 88, 89, 90, 93, 94, 95, 98, 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 108, 109, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 123, 125, 127, 129, 133, 135, 136, 137, 139, 141, 143, 145, 147, 148, 149, 151, 154, 160, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 172, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 184, 186, 191, 197, 199, 200, 201, 202, 206, 207, 209, 211, 214, 216, 217, 220, 221, 222, 224, 225, 229, 232, 236, 237, 238, 241, 243, 244, 245, 249, 250, 251, 256, 257, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 265, 267, 270, 272, 273, 276, 278, 279, 280, 284, 289, 292, 293, 296, 299, 300, 303, 305, 308, 311, 312, 314, 315, 316, 319, 321, 323, 324, 327, 328, 329, 330, 332, 336, 337, 338, 339, 341, 343, 344, 345, 347, 349

Trade Bait – 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of other current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

Post updated 5/24/2017

Hits

Hits

Adam Jones Relic – TRADED
Youkilis Relic
Jon Jay Auto – SOLD
Arencibia Auto – SOLD

Inserts 1

Inserts 1

Sliding Stars
Rollins
Reyes
Ellsbury
Andrus
Pedroia
Jeter
Granderson
McCutchen
Jemile Weeks (Not pictured)
Kemp (not pictured)

Future Stars
Moore (not pictured)
Trumbo (not pictured)

inserts 2

inserts 2

Moonshots
Mays
R. Jackson
Cruz
Schmidt
Bautista
Granderson
Belle
Mantle (not pictured)

Hallmark Heroes
Mantle (not pictured)

Glove Stories
Francoeur
Chavez

inserts 3 & minis

inserts 3 & minis

Glove Stories
Griffey Jr
Hamilton

Hobby Exclusive Minis
Pedroia Sliding Stars – PENDING
Young Glove Stories – PENDING
Fielder Moonshots – PENDING
Santana – PENDING
Carpenter – PENDING
Jeter – PENDING
Stanton – PENDING
Napoli – PENDING
Lester – KEEPING
Moore – PENDING

Minis 1

Minis 1

Regular Minis
Young – PENDING
Stubbs – PENDING
Kiner – PENDING
Guzman – PENDING
Freese – PENDING
Beachy – PENDING
Kendrick – PENDING
Rivera – PENDING
Holland – PENDING
Zobrist KEEPING
Hughes – PENDING

Black Border
Betances – TRADED
Feliz – TRADED

Sepia (#/99)
Bourn – TRADED
Schmidt – TRADED

Minis 2

Minis 2

Green Mini
Young – TRADED

Gypsy Queen Back
McCann – TRADED
Rodriguez – TRADED
Axford – TRADED
Jackson – TRADED

Straight Cut Back
Murphy – TRADED
McCovey – TRADED
Sanchez – TRADED
Brock – TRADED

Short Prints

Short Prints

Catfish Hunter Printing Plate – SOLD
Gary Carter – Blue Framed Paper #599 – TRADED
Juan Marichal – Blue Framed Paper #599 (not pictured)
Andre Dawson – Gold Framed Paper (not pictured)

Photo Variation Short Prints
Hamilton – TRADED
Freeman – PENDING
Pedroia – TRADED
Felix Hernandez – PENDING
Griffey Jr. – PENDING
Weaver – PENDING
Ichiro (not pictured)
Kershaw (not pictured)

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 (x2), 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 32, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 50, 51, 54 (x2), 55 (x2), 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 71, 75, 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 97 (x2), 99, 100, 101, 104, 107, 108, 109, 110, 114, 116, 117, 118, 119 (x2), 120, 124, 125, 126 (x2), 130, 131, 133, 134, 135, 136 (x2), 139, 140, 142 (x2), 143, 144, 147, 148, 150 (x2), 152, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 161, 162, 163, 165, 167, 168, 169, 172, 173, 174, 176 (x2), 177, 178, 180, 182 (x2), 184, 185, 186, 187, 188 (x2), 189, 190, 191, 193, 198, 200 (x2), 201, 202, 203, 206, 210, 211, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 221, 223, 225, 228, 230, 232, 233, 234, 235, 239, 240, 241, 242, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 254 (x2), 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269 (x2), 270, 275, 276, 277, 279, 281, 283, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290 (x2), 293, 294, 295 (x2), 296, 300

Spoils From Old Boxes

Even though time and work have gotten the best of me the past few years, I’ve still been collecting sporadically to keep me feeling human.  Mostly, this just means buying cards, either as singles on ebay or comc, or buying boxes of stuff for the joy of ripping and the intention of trading/selling off the rest later.

I’ve bought a lot of boxes of cards as part of black friday promotions or to celebrate my birthday or anniversary, etc.  Usually they don’t give me a lot for my own collections, but I do get some.  The problem is that I tend to prioritize trade packages and so these never make their way onto the blog.  Well, those cards matter too, dang it.  And if I’m going to show all of the cards in my original 6 player collections, then we might as well start today.

Die cutting is the only way to make an ’89 design look good

We’ll start off with a few from our last burst of case breaking.  Back in 2014, when things really started to hit the fan for the first time.  The least exciting of that bunch is this mini, which is saying something because these are nice.

There’s another metal border that’s tougher

Has any Tony Gwynn collector out there counted how many times the rookie card has been used?  I bet it’s a lot.  Maybe once my collection is complete, I’ll bite that bullet.

I didn’t have an extra of the regular insert, but did get this

Lastly from the cases is this gold insert parallel.  The regular ones are some of the toughest from that year.  There’s also a red version /50 that’s eluded me.

Speaking of designs that have been overused

At one point, I bought a box of these 1998 Leaf Fractal cards.  I spent too much on it and it was quite uneventful.  I really don’t know why I bothered.  I guess I assumed that some of the parallels would be more common than they turned out to be.  It still might serve as some unusual trade bait, but this was about it for me.  This is the second most common version #/3050 in a floppy plastic form.  About 90% of the box were these and the #/3999s.  They can’t all be winners.

Only 7 more to go

I also took a flyer on two retail boxes of 2005 Playoff Prestige, specifically to seek out these inserts.  I need a bunch for Tony, Frank, Greg (and a handful of Kerry).  I wound up with quite a few, but only this one for my binders.  It’s tough to tell, but this is the blue #/900.

Two Cubs hats out of 4.  Forgot Prior was a Padre.

Some longtime blog readers may remember when I was posting random packs of 2008 UD Piece of History from a birthday box binge.  I never got around to posting the pack that had this one.  That was a fun box. A lot of numbered stuff like this, but most will hopefully end up in your hands.  Wow, I have a lot of trade bait posts to organize….

Now that’s a painterly pose

To end things, we’ll go with the lowest numbered card.  This wasn’t from a box exactly.  Dave & Adam’s was selling 20 pack lots of Studio cards and I bought a few to chase these portrait cards.  Sadly, most of the base cards were damaged, but the inserts were oddly unscathed.  That’s great news as I have a lot of Portraits to share, and it also meant that this Frank Thomas #/50 was safe.

So, what you do all think?  If you made it this far, which of those products would you like to see offered up for trade on the blog first?

SPx-cial Trade

It’s not uncommon for trades to contain a bunch of cards from the same sets.  If you’re a team collector, it probably happens to you all the time.  Heck, my upcoming trade bait is going to be set based, so I hope I’ll be sending out a lot of those packages to you.

I’d also venture to guess that it’s a more common occurrence when dealing with new sets.  Someone opens a box and you get the spoils they don’t want (again, hopefully coming soon here!)  What’s less common is getting a small stack from older sets.  Say from nearly 20 years ago.

Yet, I’ve found that Brian from Play at the Plate has been good about knocking a bunch of specific set needs for my player collections.  Especially when it comes to SPx.  I think about 95% of my SPx cards have come from Brian. These particular cards were from three years ago – March 2014 – if you can believe it.  He sent a few other goodies too, but that comes later.  For now, I’ll pay tribute to the SPx king.

I wish this showed in scans better

1999 SPx retained the fake embedded medal thing, which I really enjoy.

Maybe the parallels would show well

However, what is different is that they did not number every card.

Not sure what to say here

That’s not a bad thing, necessarily.  Instead they limited the rare inserts to 100 and less in between levels.

Horizontal darkness

And then these Star Focus get turned into inserts.  In 1998 they were slightly less common subsets if I remember correctly, with their own parallels.

No matter how hard you focus, you can’t see the right side in this scan

That logo makes me miss the days of Star Search and other fun talent shows.  Maybe the ones they have on TV now are okay, but they don’t appeal to me in the same way.

What’s he hiding behind the medal?

It’s pretty cool that Brian was able to track down all three of these inserts for me, but he wasn’t done with 1999 SPx yet.

If there’s going to be an explosion, power is not a bad one to have

This Power Explosion is an easier to pull insert than the Star Focus, but I like it more.  It also means I have 3 of the 6 Frank Thomas cards from that year, so that’s even better.

Of course, even better is that I can finally give Brian his due thanks on the blog for this trade.  I promise I won’t take three years to show the second half of it.

2017 Cubs – The Second 10 Games

So, I know I said in the “first 10 games” post that I would be showing off a lot of cards from the new player collections/current Cubs, but then I had an epiphany.

I have a boat load of Moments & Milestones cards because I actively seek them out, and I’ve come across a few large lots for low prices.  Plus, a couple years ago I bought a nice amount at the NSCC.  It makes perfect sense to celebrate the Cubs wins with these, even though sometimes I’ll be posting these that focus on strikeouts rather than wins.  If you’re not a fan of my event summary style on these, then you can probably avoid future posts (if you weren’t going to already).

Games 11-20 ended up in another 6-4 record, so let’s check out 6 stat recaps from Greg Maddux’ time with the Cubs.

This whole series of 199 Ks is with a Cubs uniform

Strikeout #103
July 10, 1992 – Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs

In the top of the third, Maddux ensured the game stayed scoreless by striking out the side – all looking.  This last one was probably the least impressive as he would K his future teammate John Smoltz.

I bought all of these at the NSCC

Strikeout #104
July 10, 1992 – Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs

The next strikeout of the year came with the very next batter for his fourth straight.  He got Deion Sanders in six pitches. The last one, swinging.

Not a bad streak of chronology

Strikeout #106
July 10, 1992 – Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs

The last strikeout of the day would finish out the 5th inning.  Another looking strikeout, this time to Jeff Treadway on three straight pitches with a runner on second and down 2-0.  Smoltz would get the last laugh as he threw a shutout (but not under 100 pitches).

Such a boring image

Strikeout #116
July 27, 1992 – Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs

This card is from his second and final 10 strikeout game of the year. His 6th of game was also his third against Jay Bell.  His swing and a miss was just part of striking out the side and preserving a 2-1 lead.

I think these were $1 each

Strikeout #126
August 6, 1992 – New York Mets at Chicago Cubs

It only took four pitches to get the first out of the game, forcing a swing out of Mets leadoff man Chris Donnels.  That was the first of 27 outs earned that day, eight of which would turn out to be added to the year’s total.

Not terrible, but I’m always on the lookout for cheaper bulk lots

Strikeout #138
August 6, 1992 – Montreal Expos at Chicago Cubs

Greg Maddux only lasted 8 innings in what turned out to be a 17 inning marathon that the Expos would ultimately win.  This one was the fifth of the game.  Bret Barberie would lead off the 5th inning by going down swinging after 5 pitches.  5-5-5: A meaningless coincidence.