Completing a couple of sets was my main reason for visiting Sportlots.com, adding a few Cubs was just a perk.
Shawon Dunston was one of my favorites when I was growing up. He exhibited so much hustle on the field and his arm at shortstop was truly second to none.
Here's a nice 2005 Topps Archives card of Shawon done in the style of the 1990 flagship.
I needed a different card of Welington Castillo. I mean, hey, he's supposedly going to be the starting catcher for the team next spring. I had a few 2011 Topps Update cards of his, but I was hoping for something else. A 2008 Bowman card that features his '07 season with the Peoria Chiefs was a nice find for $0.18. Score!
Many collectors have a tendency to pull the same player from packs, and often times they don't like the player or they play for a rival team. Back in the 1990's I could pull a Juan Gonzalez card without even trying. At least he was a pretty decent player.
My luck has changed. I actually frequently pull cards of a player from my team! What's the odds? So, I am now unofficially collecting Starlin Castro. So, to help the unofficial player collection along I added a few cards.
2012 Topps Timeless Talents card with Luis Aparicio. Apparently Starlin's game is comparative to Aparicio's because they are "rangy shortstops with game-changing speed". Um, first, Castro's career average is 40 points higher than Luis'. And secondly, Aparicio led the league in steals nine straight seasons. Castro can steal a base, but not like that. Nice try, Topps, but I don't see it.
2012 Topps Finest and 2011 Bowman - Finest Futures insert:
And my favorite 2012 Topps Opening Day - Fantasy Squad insert:
Plus I added some of the new Cub acquisitions.
Meet one of the newest additions to the starting rotation: Scott Baker.
Brian Bogusevic will battle Tony Campana for a roster spot:
and minor league pitcher, Barrett Loux:
Plus, get this: he doesn't have an ulnar colateral ligament in his pitching elbow. Basically, that means his previous two organizations gave up on him because he's a bit of an unknown. I say, great! The man at least won't have to be subjected to Tommy John surgery because he can't tear a ligament he doesn't have.
Welcome to the Cubs, Barrett!