A reader of the blog by the name of Zippy Zappy contacted me about a couple of Sega Card GEN singles he had that featured Cubs players. Huh. Sega Card GEN? Never heard of them.
Having piqued my interest, I sent Zippy Zappy a small little stash of ARod cards and I hoped for the best.
Well, those are pretty cool! I like how the cards feature the Cubs'
main colors. The stars on the front are also intriguing... Dempster was
rated higher than Castro after the 2011 season?
How about the backs?
Ooops. And there we go: Topps is the manufacturer of the Sega Card GEN cards. Go figure, that explains the use of the logos.
It get's even better! Zippy Zappy send along translations for the Dempster and Castro cards. Here's Starlin's card back translated:
"One of the Cubs' shining stars who made his MLB Debut at the age of 20 and had back-to-back seasons with a .300 average. Expected to represent the majors in the future. From Opening day on wards he has been the Cubs everyday shortstop and his league best 207 hits made him the 5th player in history to accomplish the feat under the age of 21. Has increased his number of steals, made appearances at the All-Star Game and earned his second MVP of the week award, adding a lot of hardware to his resume."
More Cubs accompanied the two Japanese cards in the package. A pair of late 980's Donruss Manny Trillo cards:
You know who hasn't played in Chicago in a while? Yep, this guy.
Hey, a current Cub! I really like the 2013 red parallels. Nothing else witty to say.
Starlin Castro! Another insert to add to my unofficial Castro collection.
Last but not least, a nice card of Ryno with the classic '72 Topps design from this year's Archives set. Topps did a nice job on this card.
Zippy Zappy doesn't haven't a blog, but he is a super guy to have as a trade partner! Those Sega Card GEN cards are great and thanks for all of the fun Cubs!