Chris, the author of The (Pedestrian) Collector, sent me an e-mail regarding some cards I was looking to unload. In return he sent me a nice stash of Cubs goodness for my troubles. Actually, it was a win-win for yours truly as I was able to gain some space in my card closet AND I received new Cubs cards. Isn't life grand?
This package leads off with some Cubs checklists from the 1996 Fleer set.
I love cards like this because I try to fill all nine pockets in the first page of every binder with nine different cards of the Cubs logo. I have plenty of Fleer stickers from the 80s, but these are new to my collection and will certainly stand out!
These two cards very easily could have started the post, but they fit nicely in the two slot.
KW player collection and the Ryne Sandberg, from 1997 Topps Finest, is 817th in my Ryno player collection.
In the three hole we find a 2004 Topps Fan Favorites card of Don Kessinger. I have a modest collection of the slick fielding shortstop and this card will give it a nice little boost.
Candelario got a cup of coffee this year and has taken some nice developmental strides the past year. It made more sense a few years ago during the rebuild, but for some reason I'm still attracted to Bowman Chrome prospects of Cubs players even though there's little chance they'll unseat Bryant, Baez, Russell, Contreras or Schwarber.
Batting sixth we have a pair of Cubs from my childhood. Shawon Dunston had a cannon of an arm and so did Mitch Williams.
A pitcher batting seventh? Well, I don't have much of a choice, because it's nothing but hurlers from here on out.
Big Z and Messiah Mark occupy the eighth spot:
And, warming up in the bullpen, we have an excellent Topps Opening day insert card of John Lackey.
Chris, thank you for reaching out and starting this trade. We'll have to do it again sometime!
Go Cubs, Go!