Monday, March 20, 2017

Brick and Ivy

  I have recently looked through three boxes of complete baseball card base sets, series I & II. They were Topps 1990, Topps 1991, Upper Deck 1991, and last month I went through a Topps 1998 box. (Actually the 1991 UD box was missing a few cards when it arrived. Boo.)

  I've got a thing about finding Cubs players on another team's player card. So when I'm pulling out the cards I am going to keep, I pull the Cubs found in the wilds of MLB. I also attempt to identify the Cub and then add his found card to the  'Cubs in the Wild'  list at The Trading Card Database. I also pull out cards with brick and ivy on non-Cubs cards. These were going to be a list at TTCD, but apparently photographers like taking shots at Wrigley Field. Too many of these pop up, and so I far I have kept them all.

So here is a tally of the brick and ivy cards I found in the four boxes.

Topps 1990: There were only five brick and ivy cards in this set, three bricks and two ivy.  I'm sure I am about to break some unwritten Cubs fan rule, but one of the brick cards belongs to one of my all time favorite players.


  That's right, it's Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.  I 💖 Ozzie!

Topps 1991: I found twenty-six brick and ivy cards. 7 Astros, 1 Braves, 4 Dodgers, 2 Expos, 3 Giants, 5 Mets, 3 Padres, and 1 Reds. Some of the All-Star cards seem to have Wrigley backgrounds, but the whole pixelated, black and white background graphic thing made keeping those cards seem pointless.

Upper Deck 1991: Wow. This set had 47 brick and ivy cards, and this UD set is close to 300 cards shorter than the previous two Topps sets I went through! One of the good things about this set is that the back of the cards also have in-game photographs. This doubled the chances of finding brick and ivy cards. Here's the card tally. - 6 Astros, 1 Braves, 6 Cardinals, 2 Dodgers, 5 Expos, 5 Giants, 2 Mets, 3 Padres, 6 Phillies, 5 Pirates, 1 Rangers, and 5 Reds.  -Some of these have Wrigley on the card front. Some show Wrigley on the card back, and some have Wrigley on both sides. I found another Hall of Famer in this batch as well.


Topps 1998: Only two cards with brick or ivy were found on non-Cubs cards. Joe Oliver, Reds, and David Segui, Expos.

That's all for this post. Until next time...

🌠  TYZ


  1. A great Biggio you have there! I love collecting him in his Catcher gear and Astros uniform! Adam over at Infield Fly Rule has a great knack for picking out players making guest appearances on other cards. Cubs in the Wild - a great theme. Have fun with it. Your collection will grow rapidly with these cards.

    1. I'll have to check out his blog. Thanks!