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The checklist was released the other day and I just got done scouring the list for my team of choice: The Chicago Cubs.
I'm not arguing about the number of cards the Cubs have altogether. Out of a 330 card set, each of the 30 MLB teams should have 11 cards on average and after five consecutive years of finishing in 5th place in the NL Central I'm pretty stoked about the Cubs having 10 cards in the set. Some teams only have 5 or 6 cards in the set, while others 15+, but that's a different rant for a different blog.
Let me break this down for you real quick.
First, I'm a Cubs team collector who likes variety.
Secondly, this year's set features designs from 1957, 1976, and 1983. All cards with numbers over 300 are short prints.
Cards 1-100 and 301-310 are modeled after 1957 and the Cubs have 2 base and 3 short prints.
Cards 101-200 and 311-320 are in the 1976 style and the Cubs have 2 base and 2 short prints.
Cards 201-300 and 321-330 have the 1983 template and the Cubs have 1 base and 0 short prints.
What I'm griping about is the distribution of the number of cards a team has over the three different styles. Why can't Topps spread the Cubs cards out a little bit so that they get more than one card in the 1983 style?
Shoot. Why can't they spread them out more evenly across the board?
I've taken the time to break down the distribution by team:
So what gives?
Is it simply laziness? Or is it poor planning? Or maybe Topps doesn't have the time, money, and/or foresight to have some schlup sit down for thirty minutes and disperse the chosen players more evenly throughout the checklist.
Ugh. The whole thing just makes me nauseous.