Being only three hours from Wrigley Field I can see my Cubs play, in person, on a semi-regular basis. I enjoy my day trips up to Chicago during the summer and it's easy to follow the Cubs within the local newspaper. I guess I sometimes take that for granted. It must be difficult rooting for a baseball team that is 1,700 miles away from your doorstep AND doesn't receive much coverage from the major media outlets. Duff, of Bleedin' Brown and Gold, is in such a predicament and I feel for him as he lives in Iowa and is a Padres fan.
Duff reached out to me a little while back and offered to send some Iowa Cubs programs my way and some cardboard featuring Cubs. How could I refuse?
I did my best to package up some brown and gold, but I feel I came up short in my quest. Thankfully, the one big local card show in my area is less than two months away. Hooray! I'll be on the look out for some Friars in the future!
In the meantime, please allow me to show off what Duff generously sent my way.
Hee Seop Choi and Julio Zuleta were two of the Cubs first base prospects that never really "stuck" in the major leagues. Both had huge power potential, but they weren't consistent enough with the bat and flamed out.
Both cards are super shiny and everyone knows I have a thing for shiny and sparkly cards. The Choi card would be perfect for an autograph. I wonder what the success rate is for TTM autograph requests to Korea?
Shoot, let's just stay on a little bit of a "players who were once prospects" kick, shall we?
A new Ryno to add to my collection! This one is a 1997 Topps Stars card and number 686 in my Sandberg collection!
Vineline, which is the magazine
of the Chicago Cubs. I've been a subscriber on and off for years, and I
have these cards framed and hanging on my wall as an uncut sheet.
Pretty neat to have them cut so I can add them to my binder!
These two guys were fun to watch and were part of the Cubs' "Cajun Connection" up the middle not so long ago.
Not only do blue shiny backgrounds work well with Cubs cards, but anything with red, white, and blue is a cinch to catch my eye.
Last but not least we have a 2013 Panini Prizm card of Mr. Cub and a silver ice parallel of the 2013 Bowman Gioskar Amaya card.
Thanks for a great trade, Duff! It was a little lopsided in my favor so look out for some Padres before the end of the year!