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Monday, March 12, 2018

Cubs Sign Matt Murton

No, Murton isn't making a comeback. Matt has been named as an assistant in the Cubs baseball operations department. It's always nice to see a fan favorite remain part of the team, even if it's after a ten year absence. Maybe we'll get to hear Matt sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch this season.

If I were as organized as our friend, my fellow Cubs fan, known as "Wrigley Wax" I'd be calling this, "Matt Murton: All I've Got of Him." He sort of did this. For me, it more like, most of what I've got of him, I think.

I assume anyone reading this knows about Matt Murton's successful six year career in Japan.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Cubbies of My Youth -- Hall of Fame Relics

Opinions vary about relic cards.  Like in all aspects of our hobby you should collect whatever you enjoy.  I have a box of over 200 relics, predominantly of baseball players.  I accumulated most of them in the early years of my return to collecting in the early 2010's.  Here are my favorites from the four Cubs Hall of Fame members who played together in the 1960's.

If I were going to build a relic set I'd probably start with this one.  What's not to like?  I love this one for the early photo, though it's from a year earlier than the award.  Also it has an unusual relic.  How many dugout jacket pieces to you see.
 Here's another with a great early photo.  What I always like to see is a flannel swatch.  At least I can imagine it wasn't worn during an old-timers game.
 Another nice photo.  Notice that the card in the background matches the year of the award.  Excellent!
 Not sure when this one was worn but it's big and is one of only 10.
 This card would be good even without the relic.  Wish I had that bat Ron's holding.  
A bonus dual relic.  Could have made this a triple relic card.  Billy Williams also reached 1,250 RBI.  Ernie is first but Williams had more than Santo.  All three have their devoted fans.  I'm a Santo guy.  I think I have in the neighborhood of 30 of his relic cards.

Here are all the backs.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Get Well Soon Rusty

A few days ago there were a number of reports that the legendary redhead, and fan favorite Rusty Staub is very ill.  He never played for the Cubs and had more hits and RBI against my favorite team than any other in his career.  Maybe that's why, though I hated to see him come up with the game on the line, I also came to admire him.  Post baseball, Rusty has become a legend in New York City for his charitable work. This afternoon I finally saw an update out of Montreal with news that Rusty is out of critical condition and is doing better.  Our thoughts are with him and his family for a full recovery.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

I'm Afraid We Are Out of Badgers. Would you Accept a Wolverine in It's Place?

I'm afraid I don't have any Topps Heritage.  Would you accept some original 1969 items in it's place?

You need look no further than my header to know that I'm a Ron Santo collector.  All of these items are from that bittersweet year of "Hey, Hey Holy Mackeral" fame.

Classic steely eyed intensity.  Still love that Cubbie sleeve patch.
Random Fact:  We took our dog at the time to a vet in Park Ridge.
I've always loved this unusual profile shot of a smiling Santo.
Look, it's Yaz!  Really.

Love this one featuring two Cubs Hall of Famers (and Stretch.)  I'm pretty sure I saw Willie hit a game winning homer against the Cubs at Wrigley.
The Cubs had three of the top eight RBI leaders.  I also count eight Hall of Famers in the top eleven.
Topps went all the way back to Ron's 1961 rookie card for this image.
This is not my original copy.  The first one I had, that I pulled from a pack, I remember sticking on our basement wall back in 1969.

Topps paid homage to their 1969 Super set in 2016 Archives.  The originals are on the rare and pricey side.  I'm glad to have this one.

People seem a bit puzzled (as am I) but Topps rebooted Transogram cards for this year's Heritage set.  Originals of this "set" are also on the rare side. I got very lucky and noticed this one in a cheap 15 card Ron Santo lot four years ago.  Have a look.
Yell-O!   Kahn's has been around forever.  You can still buy their wieners (as well as other meat products).  The cards were also issued in red stripe versions.

This is one of the stranger issues.  If you have any you'll know how small and flimsy they are.  Apparently they were sold as a complete set at gas stations in the south.  

I never had the Milton Bradley card game that this card comes from.  There was a slightly different set in 1970.

This little pin is listed as from 1969.  The Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards says that you could acquire them at gas stations in Illinois and Wisconsin (there was a Brewers set in addition to Cubs).  The odd thing is that there is a Joe Pepitone pin in the Cubs set.  Joe joined the Cubs in the summer of 1970.  Anyone clear this up?  Are they truly from late 1970?  Is the 1969 date just a lasting error? (P.S. This pin concidentally features the same image as the Milton Bradley card.)

I believe these 8" x 4" bumper stickers were available at local Dunkin Donuts shops in the Chicago area.  There were six in all, Ron, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley, and Don Kessinger.  The same six players appeared the following year on a different design that featured the phrase, "Cubs are no.1.

I know I have at least a couple other 1969 issues including a Citgo coin and a Topps stamp.  They are currently awol.

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