Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Killer PWE

  Yesterday's mail came with a surprise pwe from Mark Germana from the Trading Bases group. The contents of this envelope were the cards needed to finish several Cubs sets.

1989 Upper Deck Cubs, finished thanks to these two cards. (6 & 14)



  Also killed, was my entire 1989 Upper Deck want list because it contained both Chicago holos, and this Nolan Ryan card.

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1991 Upper Deck Silver Slugger, Ryne Sandberg SS8 completes the '91 UD Cubs.



1986 Topps #588, Steve Lake. I actually already had this card and the complete '86 Cubs set, but my copy was so poorly cut that I wanted a replacement. The card Mark sent is a vast improvement.

  

Next is the final card for the 1984 Topps Cubs, Larry Bowa, #705


 
  The 1989 Fleer Cubs checklist was the final card for the '89 set. I like it when the checklists are sorted by team, otherwise I have no use for them.


  Last, but certainly not least is this Ozzie Smith card from the 1987 Topps set, #598.



Thank you Mark! 


Monday, May 15, 2017

Now and Zen

  I haven't posted anything Buddhist related since February. So, whether you are feeling or thinking that you are having a good day or a bad day, this post is for you.






The First Baseball Movie

  The first baseball movie I ever saw was the original Bad News Bears. It had kids in it, so my parents didn't have a problem with me going to the theater to see it. If they had seen it first, I would have been forbidden to watch it. This movie is what kids were like when I was growing up. Social commentary aside, this was THE baseball movie of my generation.  







  Yeah, I need to watch this again.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Ernie Banks Project -Night Owl Cards

   There are so many good blogs, with published pieces that I for one, would like to hang on to for future reference. The nature of blogging means that older posts get buried under newer posts. To keep these Ernie Banks gems from the blog necropolis, I am going to gather up the Mr. Cub links and bundle them into bunches and post them here at Now and Zen. I will create an easy to find shortcut, and edit each post with links to the other Ernie Banks' blog posts.


 This installment of The Ernie Banks Project is from Night Owl Cards.


C.A.: 1971 Topps Ernie Banks Night Owl Cards

The most Hall of Famers Night Owl Cards

The most Hall of Famers, update 1 Night Owl Cards

The most Hall of Famers, update 2 Night Owl Cards

The most Hall of Famers, update 3 Night Owl Cards

The most Hall of Famers, update 4 Night Owl Cards

The most Hall of Famers, update 5 Night Owl Cards

The most Hall of Famers, update 6 Night Owl Cards

C.A.: the review 4 (part 5) Night Owl Cards

C.A.: the review 4 (part 6) Night Owl Cards

It's official: I'm a well-rounded collector Night Owl Cards

Awesome night card, pt. 71 (and more thoughts on 2010 Topps) Night Owl Card

Joy of a team set, chapter 9 (World Series edition) Night Owl Cards

The new cards are coming out earlier and earlier Night Owl Cards

Lucky 13th Night Owl Cards

Management material Night Owl Cards

C.A.: 1974 Topps Hank Aaron Special, 1962-65 Night Owl Cards

Unwanted Topps gold inserts? We pay top dollar Night Owl Cards

The original card blog wasn't a blog at all Night Owl Cards

Awesome night card, pt. 83 Night Owl Cards

Once they were Dodgers Night Owl Cards

Miinnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiii trilogy, part 3 Night Owl Cards

That's more like it Night Owl Cards

Allen and Ginter, forward and back Night Owl Cards

A sudden outburst of set completions Night Owl Cards

What can I say about Series 2? Night Owl Cards

A dream come true Night Owl Cards

Forget about the price tag Night Owl Cards

Which Fan Favorites set was the best? Night Owl Cards

The easy half Night Owl Cards


Other Blog Entries in The Ernie Banks Project 


Friday, May 12, 2017

A Week of Firsts

  This week I have received my first card from a few different Topps sets. Though I have (so far) only posted images of cards that I own, the scans themselves are not always mine. So for some of these, my card is in better condition than the scan shown, and for others my copy is in poorer condition.

1st 1959 Topps, #304 Cubs Team 


1st 1961 Topps, #88 Richie Ashburn 



1st 1964 Topps, #408 Cubs Rookies 



1st 1967 Topps, #315 Billy Williams 



1st 1968 Topps, #235 Ron Santo



Last, but not least... 

1st 1969 Topps, #20 Ernie Banks 




Everyone have a great weekend!


🌠  TYZ

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Ernie Banks Project -Wrigley Roster Jenga

  There are so many good blogs, with published pieces that I for one, would like to hang on to for future reference. The nature of blogging means that older posts get buried under newer posts. To keep these Ernie Banks gems from the blog necropolis, I am going to gather up the Mr. Cub links and bundle them into bunches and post them here at Now and Zen. I will create an easy to find shortcut, and edit each post with links to the other Ernie Banks' blog posts.


This installment of The Ernie Banks Project is from Wrigley Roster Jenga.

Got People Beggin' For My Top 9 Spaces Wrigley Roster Jenga

Ben Dover Wrigley Roster Jenga

Happy Cubs in the Mail Day! Wrigley Roster Jenga

Short Stay Sunday: Paul Schramka Wrigley Roster Jenga

I've Got Issues -Team Issues Wrigley Roster Jenga

Keep Your Willie Warm Wrigley Roster Jenga

Run with the Pack Wrigley Roster Jenga

In the Nick of Time Wrigley Roster Jenga

A Tisket, a Tasket -There's Cards in This Basket Wrigley Roster Jenga

The Best of the Best, Pt. 2 -Grace Yourselves Wrigley Roster Jenga

Hey, Hey - What a Thrift Shop Find! Wrigley Roster Jenga

Pinstripes and Fatigues Wrigley Roster Jenga

Cubs-apalooza Wrigley Roster Jenga

Put a Lid on It! Wrigley Roster Jenga

The Full Monte Wrigley Roster Jenga

Takin' it to the Streets Wrigley Roster Jenga

Neon Angel -a Trade Post Wrigley Roster Jenga

Happy St. Pat's Day! Wrigley Roster Jenga

A Misfit in My Collection Wrigley Roster Jenga

Short Stay Sunday: Len Church Wrigley Roster Jenga

Just a Bunch of Average Joe's Wrigley Roster Jenga

Nothing Major Wrigley Roster Jenga

My Want-List Walks the Plank Wrigley Roster Jenga

Hungry for a Championship Wrigley Roster Jenga

Ain't That a Shane Wrigley Roster Jenga

The Force is Strong With This One Wrigley Roster Jenga

Once a Cub... Literally, Just Once Wrigley Roster Jenga

Treasure Fit For a King Wrigley Roster Jenga


Other Blog Entries in The Ernie Banks Project 


Monday, May 8, 2017

The Ernie Banks Project -When Topps Had Balls

  There are so many good blogs, with published pieces that I for one, would like to hang on to for future reference. The nature of blogging means that older posts get buried under newer posts. To keep these Ernie Banks gems from the blog necropolis, I am going to gather up the Mr. Cub links and bundle them into bunches and post them here at Now and Zen. I will create an easy to find shortcut, and edit each post with links to the other Ernie Banks' blog posts.


  First up are the works from When Topps had (Base)Balls.


Ernie Banks Makes an Appearance in the 1977 set! When Topps had Balls

Fantasy Coach Card- 1973 Ernie Banks When Topps had Balls

Hall of Fame #36: Ernie Banks: Class of 1977 When Topps had Balls

Nicknames of the '70's #34: "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks When Topps had Balls

Ernie Banks "Mr. Cub": January 31, 1931- January 23, 2015 When Topps had Balls

Then and Now #13: Ernie Banks 1971 When Topps had Balls

"Highlights from the 1970's" #13: 500 Home Runs for Ernie Banks When Topps had Balls

"Gimme a Do-over" Part XXXIII: 1971 #525 Ernie Banks When Topps had Balls

Random Quickie: "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks in the 1972 Set When Topps had Balls

"Career Capper" #8: 1972 Ernie Banks When Topps had Balls


Other Blog Entries in The Ernie Banks Project