That June 2017 Ebay Frank Thomas Lot

I teased this before in my June ebay rundown, but I happened to stumble across a nice Frank Thomas lot in one of my random, non-saved searches.  It was one of those unique situations where the seller wasn’t very experienced and the title and description was very vague.  The title was “1990 Frank Thomas Leaf autograph rookie lot” which didn’t really tell the whole story.

Anyway, I think I got a decent price on it all, considering what was in it.  Let’s take a look, shall we.

2 time MVP

So, to start, not all of the cards were from 1990.  Here’s a 1994 Traded Finest.  I don’t know if the colors just washed out from time, or if they were printed poorly from the outset.

He’s on the “Hot List” according to the hard to see foil

I don’t know how this person formed their collection, but these random cards don’t fit the rest of the lot.  Nice to have since I didn’t before, though.

Not legal tender

Here’s the last random before we get into what was expected.  A Pinnacle Mint card that has the punchout big enough for the coin that’s already embedded.  Bronze coin, in case you were wondering, but you probably assumed.

Sky’s the limit

Okay, now we get into the rookies.  There were a couple others that I already had and posted, such as the Score Traded and Topps RCs, but this Bowman was new.

I’m not the only one bothered by the hair on his hat

How about a Fleer Update rookie as well?  Not as prestigious as some of the others, but still necessary, and still a rookie card I wanted.

Looks like the black and white version, but it’s not. Just muted colors

That autograph had to come up sometime.  I’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned more prominently, or even sold separately.  I think I won the lot for less than what this card 2014 Tek auto typically goes for.  And yet, there was still one more card.

Love that old Sox logo

If you were paying attention, you’d know that this was coming.  I finally have a 1990 Leaf rookie card of my own.  I had started to scout this one a little bit and it’s not a super cheap card. It’s not terribly expensive, but not cheap.  Anyway, this is a super sharp card.  I wasn’t expecting it to be in such good condition, to be honest.  I thought I’d get a good auto and a placeholder for the second most sought after RC.  Nope, this is pristine, and a result of pure luck.

Collecting is fun.

2017 Cubs – The Seventh 10 Games

Why, sure.  I’ll keep this series going, even though I’m not even halfway through the season with it.  I have no idea what was really going on with the team back then anymore, but I do remember we were struggling stay above .500.  This was one of the better stretches with a whopping 6 wins out of 10.  That means more M&M cards to get out of the queue.

I wonder what I should do if/when I run out of these

Strikeout #145
August 21, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers

The second strikeout of the game was against Dave Hansen in the bottom of the second.  After a 9 pitch AB to start the inning, which resulted in a flyout, Dave coaxed 6 more pitches out of Greg before swinging at the air.

I have plenty of Braves Maddux cards

Strikeout #147
August 21, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers

Maddux wouldn’t notch his fourth K of the game until the bottom of the 8th.  The Cubs were up 2-0 to start the frame, but the Dodgers battled back and scored 1.  Dave Hansen had the bases loaded with two outs, but once again fell swinging, but this time with only 4 pitches.  The Cubs would win in 12 innings, despite a pinch hit single from Orel Hershiser.

But this is to talk about Cubs wins

Strikeout #151
August 26, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres

Maddux only managed three strikeouts over 6 innings, but saved two of them for that final inning.  This card represents the third, where he got Craig Shipley to swing and miss to end the inning and Greg’s day in an eventual Cubs loss.

Tough call as I don’t know how to wedge those cards into posts

Strikeout #166
September 11, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

In contrast, this game saw him pitch 8 innings and added 9 K’s to his total for the year.  He also drove in two runs with 2 hits in a blowout against the Cardinals.  The Cubs were only up 2-0 by the time this third strikeout came about.  Rod Brewer would strand two runners when he swung at nothing to end the threat.

Maybe I’ll do a loss counter next year for those

Strikeout #167
September 11, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

The 4th inning = 4th strikeout after the Cubs tacked on 2 more runs.  Ozzie Canseco doubled to start things off, but he would stay there as Geronimo Pena would watch the ball hit the glove behind him and take a seat back on the bench.

Stay tuned and find out, I guess

Strikeout #175
September 16, 1992 – Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs

In his next start, Greg only needed 6 innings to tally 9 strikeouts.  The third of the day came to end the second.  It was a very efficient inning, only needing 9 total pitches, 3 of which were used to get Juan Bell looking.

A Big Trade with Mini Collector Bill – Part 1

I’ve been holding off on posting some of my more recent trades here, but it’s really time I changed that.  The main reason I did is that was the National.  I put together some trade bait posts that attracted minimal attention, but at some point I had to lock down my want lists before the big show.  Then I had to organize and update my want lists after that show  That’s a long process.  And I didn’t want to put trade posts up to act as solicitation of more trades when I wasn’t ready.

Now I think I’m just about there.  My ability to trade is more based on the amount of time my work gives me versus how up to date my lists are.

Anyway, before my spending spree, I posted a few Gypsy Queen posts and heard from reader Bill.  He doesn’t have a blog, but some of you may have experience trading with him already.  He’s known as minibbcards on the Trading Card Database and his want lists are fantastic (and found here).

If you couldn’t guess from the username, the man loves his mini cards.  That’s a perfect fit, because I don’t understand the things and find them to be an annoyance if they don’t fit into my player collections.  So, after some back and forth, we worked out a big trade where I sent a bunch of mini stuff his way and he sent mostly normal sized stuff back, including a great start to many of my new 2016 Cubs players collections.  I can’t fit everything into one post, but here’s a few to start us off.

Could be one of his few home runs, but probably just a foul ball.

Starting with the old before we get to the new.  I really enjoy getting these junk wax era cards in the mail.  I am never going to buy packs or boxes and I really don’t see much point in getting them through Sportlots or other sites, so my best bet is through trades like this.

Also probably not a home run or foul ball since it’s not a real game

I don’t know about you, but I’m already having trouble telling the new Stadium Club years apart.  The designs are different enough, but maybe I just need more cards.  It’s 2015, by the way.

Is this actually from that home run?

Speaking of homers (as I have in the captions), Gwynn is a weird choice for this insert set.  I think they just wanted to add highly collected legends. Tony was not a power hitter by any measure.  But he could rock the brown and yellow.

Definitely not a home run

Grab your partner, do si do. Round the bases, go go go.

They’re not even trying for a home run swing

It seems appropriate to get a couple minis back in the exchange.  Even though I really don’t care for minis, I am quite happy to accept them in trades, because it’s one less I need to chase otherwise.

Man that glove looks huge.  And Maddux looks sick

Make that two less!  Look at that seamless transition.  Both of these are your regular back versions (which aren’t as common as the name leads you to believe).

Not gemstone-like enough

The inserts in Topps over the past couple years have not been all that great in my opinion.  They remind me of mid-2000s Upper Deck in form and function.

Not anymore, cartoon man!

Look at this!  A Dempster sighting. That’s always a good thing.  Here’s the Cubs team set version, which I would have bought if I collected in 2006.  Since I didn’t, Bill has me covered.

Most likely not a home run pitch

And we end this first part with a transition to the new players I collect using a vintage design.  How appropriate as we venture into a slew of current players to pad out my budding collections.

We’ll enjoy more of that in future editions.  Or I will.  Not sure about you, but I’ll enjoy it.  Maybe you’ll come back and read it, because Bill did good and deserves his due.

Gint-A-Cuffs 9: Packs 19-24 – The Finale

It all comes down to this.  6 packs left.  A lot of points need to come close to first.  Looking at the leader board, it’s not looking good for this home team.  Still, gotta run it out to first for the sportsmanship of it, right?


Jose Canseco – What A Day (+2 Insert)
Terry Puhl – Rediscover Topps (+1 Buyback)
German Snow Patrol Dude (+2 mini Dude)

I still haven’t talked about the Dudes minis.  Everyone else seems to be raving about these, but I don’t get it. I use the word a lot in my personal life, but it doesn’t seem as appropriate to put it in the context of various professions.  I think I saw that this is an homage to a past, actual tobacco mini set, and so I can appreciate it from that stand point, but I have no interest in keeping these.

Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +113


Wil Myers (+5 Full Sized Relic)
Kris Bryant (+1 Favorite Team +3 Favorite Player mini = +4)
Fishing Lure (+2 Insert)

Here’s our last hit and it’s Padres camo jersey relic.  I’m happy to see this. It’s something I’ve been wondering about for some time.  Padres use these uniforms every Sunday (or used to, not sure if it still happens), and they’re unique and different enough to be interesting.  Glad I pulled one.  The Bryant regular mini was a nice kicker to the pack as well.

Pack Total: +11
Running Total: +124


Lou Gehrig (-1 for limiting my ability to make jokes about him)
Wil Myers – What A Day (+2 Insert)
Jackie Robinson (+2 A&G back Mini)

Back-to-back Myers cards.  Overall not a great scoring pack when I need to boost it, but I can’t be mad at a Jackie Robinson mini.  I also can’t look at it anymore in person, because this is now in the hands of Night Owl.

Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +127


Willson Contreras (+1 Favorite Team)
Life Savers Parachute Jump – World’s Fair (+2 Insert)

Yay! A Cubs card.  I need more of those.  That world’s fair Parachute Jump looks crazy.  I would never do anything like that.  Although, I can barely do normal rides anymore thanks to some weird quasi-motion sickness thing I’ve developed.  Just my body telling me to stay on the ground.

Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +130


Albert Almora (+1 Favorite Team)
Josh Donaldson – What A Day (+2 Insert)
Willie Stargell (+3 SP Mini)

Another Cub!  Hot dog!  I like the way that A&G handled the SPs this year.  Many of them are people I don’t personally collect and it seems there’s a higher percentage of legends in the group.  Fine by me.

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +136


Adrian Beltre (+2 Favorite Player)
Ernie Banks (+1 Favorite Team)
Mike Trout – What A Day (+2 Insert)
Derek Jeter (-1 for trying to sneak in as a Mini)

And the last pack gives us another Cub to end strong in that department, but then Jeter has to ruin the fun (as always).  Man, I really loaded up the front end of the scans.  Not a lot to write home about overall, but still a fun box of cards as always.  No foil will mean no win for me, but even with it, I don’t think I’d reach the top of the heap.  Oh well, there’s always next year (I hope)!

Pack Total: +4

June 2017 Ebay Wins

In typical Community Gum fashion, this monthly series hasn’t been featured on the blog since June when I displayed my May winnings.  I’m stealing about 30 minutes from my nighttime work schedule to put this out because I want to post something and don’t feel like finishing up the Gint-A-Cuffs posts tonight.

June was a pretty nice month for collection additions as you can glimpse below.  There’s a separate lot that I’m not including here as well, because it deserves its own post.

For now, here’s what I managed to win for more money than other people would pay but as cheap as I would allow myself to be.

Da-boo-dee, da-boo-da

I have not bought any 2017 Bunt.  I am going to collect the master set for 2016 Bunt.  I’ll have a want list of inserts (have the base set) soon.  Anyway, case breakers did open the stuff, and while I’m not exactly a fan of the parallels, I do still need them.

Cubbie blue

Had to keep Jason separate because the team set of people I collect is 10 cards.  Anyway, I think these blues are one per pack, so I nabbed the whole team in one go for less than $1 each.

Missing some blue

Going from one blue to another.  These heritage blue borders are limited to 50 each.  It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that I won this for the minimum.  Not too many are chasing Justin Grimm cards.  I am.  And this card completes my current 2017 needs of his.  If he’s in Update, then that’ll change.

Would you know it was the parallel if I didn’t point it out

Speaking of normal, run of the mill Topps, I still need quite a lot of these vintage parallels.  Well, not this one.  I have this one.

Who needs to remove a card from a toploader before scanning?

Or this one.  I like watching Willson play.  When he’s allowed to play.  Or not injured and is physically able to play.

Eyes on the number

Speaking of Contreras, he helped me land my first Topps Inception card.  Well, him and the non-bidders.  I’ll have more to say about this brand another time, because this hasn’t been my last and I have opinions.  I don’t have time, but I have opinions.

There’s that inside toploader scanning again.

Wow!  Jersey number gold refractor!  If I cared about such things I would be excited.  Instead, I’m just excited because I like gold refractors and I got another one on the cheap.


Now this I’m more excited about.  I need a bunch of these sportscaster cards and most people tend to put high starting bids or BINs on them.  Every once in a while, a .99 auction comes along and that’s when I pounce.


The same goes for these Studio Portraits.  I’ll bite on an inexpensive Buy It Now, but that’s rare.  Patience can pay off, though.  Now I just need it to pay off a dozen or so more times.

Like I said, this wasn’t everything from June.  Pretty soon I’ll show off an all Frank Thomas lot that was the prize of the month.  Until then, keep out of my saved searches!

Gint-A-Cuffs 9: Packs 13-18

Half of the box is behind us, and it left two of the three promised hits on the scoring table.  With that red Brooklyn mini in there as well, there may not be a whole lot more to boost this box score.

Talking about it isn’t going to help me find out for sure, so let’s get these packs scanned and tally ’em up.


Nick Jonas (-1 because commish says so)
Honus Wagner – What A Day (+2 Insert)
Bob Forsch – Rediscover Topps (+1 Buyback)
Danny Duffy (+4 Black Border mini)

I love how the inset picture for Bob Forsch is different, but also not.  I also love the jersey matching the sky.  That third black border is also pretty nice.

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +93


Aroldis Chapman (-1 for being a wretched human being)
Fishing Lures (+2 Insert)
Martin Prado (+3 SP A&G back mini)

More lures.  Yay?  I don’t think this counts as a Trout card in the same way.  That A&G SP mini isn’t as cool as the black borders, but I’ll take 3 points.

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +97


Ben Zobrist (+1 Favorite Team)
Reggie Jackson – What A Day (-1 for trying to kill the Queen +2 Insert = +1)

If it weren’t for the Yankee uniform, we’d be at 100 points by now.  I haven’t talked about the What A Day inserts yet.  I like the concept, but I would have liked a different execution.  The back just explains the events of that day in baseball.  It would have been cooler if there were other baseball trivia from other years of the same day, or even other world events from that same day and year.  I think some days are also represented twice (different years) which is disappointing.  Plus, there’s no card for my birthday (any year), which is more disappointing since it falls during playoff/World Series time.

Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +99


Kapral Joggler (-1 because the Commish says so)
Telephone – World’s Fair (+2 Insert)
Freddie Freeman (+2 A&G back mini)

And, after a minor set back with the Joggler card, we’re in triple digits.  Scoring has been rough as expected.

Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +102


Alex Bregman – What A Day (+2 Favorite Player +2 Insert = +4)

Another rough pack.  And I don’t even really have anything to talk about here.  Blach.

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +106


Luis Severino (-1 for unfulfilled potential, I think?)
Derek Jeter (-1 even though he’s technically a Marlin now and not a Yankee)
Battle of the Chesapeake (+2 Insert)
Georges Melies – Magicians & Illusionists (+2 mini Insert)

Dang, those Yankees are out to get me.  I’m glad the Giant Panda doesn’t count against me with his black and white uniform.  The Magicians and Illusionists cards are cool. I’ve always had a soft spot for magic, and Georges Melies also is a huge influence in the world of film (another passion of mine).  Great card all around.

Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +108

Gint-A-Cuffs 9: Packs 7-12

Back again with part two.  I feel like the first fourth of the box was pretty solid.  Can we keep the momentum going here?  Probably not, but who knows.  I know it’s going to be an uphill battle without the foil hot box bonus on my side anyway.


Jose Abreu (+2 Favorite Player)
Greg Bird (-1 for being one of the Yankees we hear very little about)
Jose Altuve (+2 Favorite Player)
Bryce Harper – What A Day! (+2 Insert)
Noah Syndergaard (+4 Black border mini)

Okay, not a bad pack to start with.  The black borders are awesome this year.  Sure it looks like random scribbles a bored student would make in his notebook, but still cool.

Pack Total: +9
Running Total: +56


Reynaldo Lopez #/25 (+11 Black Framed Autograph)
Addison Russell (+4 Black border mini +1 Favorite Team = 5)
Fishing Lure (+2 Insert)

Wow.  This has to be the best fishing lure card in the set!!!  In all seriousness, I wasn’t expecting an autograph, let alone a black bordered one.  I don’t know much about Reynaldo Lopez other than he’s a rookie White Sox pitcher, but the auto is pretty nice.

Pack Total: +18
Running Total: +74


Jake Arrieta (+1 Favorite Team)
Roger Maris (-1 for the original asterisk HR record)
Fishing Lure (+2 Insert)

Just kidding about the last pack.  This is the coolest fishing lure.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t even read the backs so I don’t know anything about these things.  I’m sure they’ll appeal to some people, but they aren’t….hooking…me.

Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +76


Francisco Lindor (+2 Favorite Player)
Fishing Lure (+2 Insert)
Bust A Move (+2 mini insert)

Dang, three lures in a row.  These scans are not in the order in which I opened the packs.  They’re just what ever order I grabbed them for scanning.  Anyway, how about that Bust A Move card?  That’s different.  The back kinda talks about the steps needed to perform the dance featured, but not really.

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +82


Ken Griffey Jr – What A Day (+2 Insert)
Gary Sanchez (+2 A&G back mini -1 for being the forgotten young slugger = +1)

After the auto, the points kind of trailed off a bit.  Even an A&G back can’t save it thanks to the Yankee curse.

Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +85


Statue of the Republic – World’s Fair (+2 Insert)

Last pack of the bunch and it’s clear that I front loaded those scans with all the good high scoring stuff.  I still have half of the box left, but we’ve seen two hits, so I doubt this 87 points average will last.  We do seem to be on our way to breaking 100, though.

Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +87

Gint-A-Cuffs 9: Boxtopper and Packs 1-6

I’m back for another year of pack fighting.  Last year, I managed to grab second place.  It was a tough loss.  I found a nice book card in my box, but it was no match for a double rip card.  Them’s the breaks.  We’re not going to find another book card, but maybe we’ll be close to the top?

So, we have to pick the favorite player and favorite team again and I went with Rizzo and the Cubs just as last time.

Ready?  Fight!

Box Topper

Noah Syndergaard Box Loader (+4)

I like the different style of these.  They’re not just bigger base cards.  The Professor Plum border is snappy as well.  I don’t understand why Noah is pitching in a graveyard, but hey, maybe it’s a metaphor for the health of the Mets players?

Pack Total: +4


Giancarlo Stanton (+2 Favorite Player) – Starting off 50+ HR strong!
Robinson Cano – What A Day (+2 Insert)
Carlos Martinez (+3 Short Print Mini)

The scan lines are back once again, but this year’s theme is sloppy watercolor locket.  I actually dig it.  That oval frame is simple, but effectively different while still maintaining that late 1800s connection.  I scanned the SPs backwards because the scoring system wasn’t up yet and I wasn’t sure if they would be worth points.

I’m happy to grab a Frank Thomas in my pack as well.  One less I need now.

Pack Total: +7
Running Total: +11


Eiffel Tower – Worlds Fair (+2 Insert)
David Dahl (+2 A&G back mini)

The World’s Fair is such a great subject for this set.  I wish there still was a World’s Fair as it’s one of those few things that make me wish I was born in an earlier time.  But, at least I’ve been able to see, and go up, the real Eiffel Tower.  I understand that the Paris locks are also a card in this set?  If that’s true, I do want one of those (didn’t appear in either of my boxes) as my wife and I have one on a bridge railing.

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +15


Tyler Austin (-1 for being the wrong Yankees rookie)
Anthony Rizzo (+4 My Favorite Player Choice)
Eric Hosmer – What A Day! (+2 Insert)
Jim Presley – Rediscover Topps (+1 Buyback)
Hunting Guide Dude (+2 Dude mini)

There’s our boy!  And our first dude.  I’ll talk about those more later.  What I can say is that it’s nice that the buyback cards don’t take the place of another one.  Boy are they pointless, though.  I guess some people like them.  Topps likes the easy extra content, but it ain’t my thing.

Pack Total: +8
Running Total: +23


Javier Baez (+1 Favorite Team)
Dustin Pedroia (+5 Full Sized Relic)
Battle of Lexington (+2 Insert)

I haven’t been talking about my score but two strong packs in a row.  Here’s our first hit, a nice deep red jersey piece.  I’m honestly happier to have the Baez, but that’s only partly because I find the relic look to be a bit more boring, despite the ornate bottom.

Pack Total: +8
Running Total: +31


Albert Pujols – What A Day (+2 Insert)
Sidney Ponson – Rediscover Topps (+1 Buyback)
Dave Winfield – Red #04/25 (+7 Brooklyn Back mini)

Maddux!  Oh, and also a crazy Brooklyn red back mini of Padres great Dave Winfield.  There are much worse subjects to have found.  That is certainly a nice surprise.  And a good scoring one to boot.

Pack Total: +10
Running Total: +41


Babe Ruth (-1 For cursing the Red Sox)
Westinghouse Tower – World’s Fair (+2 Insert)
Joey Votto (+3 A&G Mini +2 Favorite Player list = +5)

That Votto is going in a trade stack for a certain cheesy blogger, unless I hear otherwise.  Besides that, there’s not much to comment on here.  So, we’ll end here with a pretty strong first quarter.

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +47

Kerry Wood By the Numbers

Work, vacation, work, sickness, and work have kept me away from the blog for awhile again.  I will never understand how many of you post so regularly.  I have quite a bit to talk about soon and series to continue, new ones to start, National cards to show off, and trade bait to post.  Oh, and Gint-A-Cuffs.  That will be up next.  For now, I’ll get back into things with a draft post that was ready to go during this whole time.  Enjoy.


In between card shows (which are very infrequent for me), I’ve been known to go on a COMC binge.  To make that effort worth while, I usually go for a large amount of cards and try to find cheap stuff that’s tough to find other places.

That’s usually where Kerry Wood comes in.  His star has fallen in the hobby for the most part, meaning that there’s a metric ton of cardboard out there that few people want.  That’s translated to lower prices on serial numbered cards like the ones you see here.  A great way to pad the collection without spending more than $1.25 per card (usually my limit for non-relics).

We need a Topps Potential set

As the Century label insinuates, this is #/100.  Adding Mark Prior to the mix was great in 2004 but not 10+ years later.  Take note, prospectors. I’m patient.

Not my favorite color variation – too vanilla

Paper Bowman is usually lumped in with other “garbage cards.” Most people only care about Chrome, and only the prospects, and only the Autos.  The rest of that is worthless to so many.  Thanks to them, I have this #/120 parallel.

To be fair, if he played for another team it might be easier

Some parallels are good to find on that site because I don’t know if I would notice them in person very easily.  This blue foil really follows Upper Decks subtlety mantra, and if the stamped number were on the back, I don’t know if I could tell.

That’s not what home plate looks like

2006 Finest went a little crazy with the parallels.  I mean 2017 levels of crazy.  This is the normal X-fractor #/250.

Missing the regular card, if you can believe it

You also have plenty of colors, like Green, which is mid-range rarity.  This is #/199 and I still need the blue and black for the solid color ones.


All of those colors come in slightly rarer X-fractor forms as well.  The solid blue is 299, but this is #/150.  For X, I’m missing just the Green #/50 as the others are too low numbered for me to care.

“This set has how many parallels?”

Being the face of a franchise is tough when dealing with sets like this.  Kerry Wood is paired up with Derrek Lee, Mark Prior and Greg Maddux.  And when they have A/B versions, it means I’m looking for 6 versions of each color combination.  Six! This is the bronze #/150 with Wood on the left.

Determined to pitch again

See, now he’s on the right in this Silver Bronze #/125 with Mark Prior.  It’s fun!  Isn’t this fun?!?!

Must.  Look. Un-injured.

And this silver red #/100 sucker gives me 7 of the 55 total needed for the 2006 set. A whopping 12.7%  For just this one player.  I’m pretty sure I’ll finish off Maddux Moments & Milestones before this.

2017 Cubs – The Sixth 10 Games

Dang, I’m behind on this… Anyway, through the first 50 games, the Cubs managed an even 25-25 record.  Over this next ten games, they continued that mediocrity and split them 5-5.  It’s looking like a tough climb for the defending champs, but who knows.  Nobody seems to be fully taking over the NL Central the way we’re already seeing in other divisions.  I’m not going to hold my breath, so let’s breathe together by looking at a few more cards.

Yup, still at it

Strikeout #72
June 20, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies

The second strikeout of the game came in the second inning.  After a single by Darren Daulton, Ricky Jordan took the third pitch of the at bat looking.  Unfortunately, the Phillies would score 2 before the inning would be over.

Captions on these are still tough

Strikeout #75
June 20, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies

We move ahead in the action to the bottom of the 6th inning for the 5th strikeout of the game.  Cubs now trail 3-0 when Ruben Amaro starts off the frame by keeping his bat on his shoulder.  The batting team would score again later, however, and win the game.

It’s nice to have so many of these already

Strikeout #83
June 25, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

Maddux won his next start, notching 7 more strikeouts over 8 innings.  Greg even hit 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs.  This card marks the 6th SO of the game, which came in the bottom of the 4th against Howard Johnson with two men on and the Mets down 9-0.

I wish there weren’t so many to chase, though

Strikeout #91
June 30, 1992 – New York Mets at Chicago Cubs

5 days later from that, Maddux pitched against the Mets again and tallied 10 strikeouts in a complete game win. This was the 7th of those.  Anthony Young was up with 1 out in the 7th in a 1-1 tie, but couldn’t connect with the baseball.

Such is life of the player collector

Strikeout #92
June 30, 1992 – New York Mets at Chicago Cubs

The 8th and last of the post was the top of the 8th against Howard Johnson again.  He went down in 6 pitches swinging to start a quick 1-2-3 inning.