Wednesday, February 17, 2016

no. 502 - cubs


Who is the man: The Chicago Cubs were entering the 1971 season after a second straight second-place finish in the National League East. After falling to the Miracle Mets in 1969, the Cubs lost out to the Pirates in 1970.

Can ya dig it: This is one of the stranger cards in the entire set. It doesn't follow the pattern of any of the other team cards. Not only does it not show a photograph of the entire team posing together, but Topps didn't place the banner team name across the top like it did for every other team card.

Right on: This floating heads team card began the Cubs team card tradition that continued through the 1970s. Except for 1973 and 1975, the Cubs' team card from 1971-79 was a collection of floating heads.

You see that cat Durocher is a bad mother: Manager Leo Durocher gets the biggest head in the bunch. He's directly above the Cubs logo.

Shut your mouth: I tried to identify most of the players here, but the signatures are small, the players before my time, and my eyes are tired. I did find Durocher, Joe Pepitone, Billy Williams, Randy Hundley, Ernie Banks, Don Kessinger, Joe Decker, Ron Santo, Larry Gura and Fergie Jenkins before I gave up.

No one understands him but his woman: Willie Smith is featured on this card (second from the left at the bottom). But he was also shown on his own card listed as a Cincinnati Red about 50 cards ago. Smith was traded from the Cubs after the 1970 season.


(A word about the back): The pennant-winners listing tells the tale of Cubs futility at this time. The most recent pennant winner was 1945 (and they wouldn't have another one until 1984).

6 comments:

  1. Cleo James is on this card, though his "rookie" is in the 1972 set; and Jack Hiatt is on the card, his 1971 solo has him on the Angels.

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  2. If the criteria for bad mother award is the biggest head, looks like Pepitone is bigger than Durocher.

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  3. If a person want all the identities, ebay is selling a poster.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cubs-1970-Team-Picture-Ernie-Banks-Billy-Williams-Ron-Santo-Joe-Amalfitano-/351450420875?hash=item51d413d68b:g:s0wAAOSw9N1Vn3fD

    Note the use of the word row is incorrect, correct is column.

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  4. Any idea why they went with this format? Did the Cubs refuse to do a team photo? If so, why?

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  5. The Cubs used to sell these floating head pics at their souvenir stands back in the 70's instead of team pics. Topps just used these pics for the team cards.

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  6. they didn't win the pennant in 1984, the Padres did...the Cubs won the National League East flag.

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