Saturday, August 5, 2017

If I Ran the Zoo

I'm still on vacay here in scenic Wilmington, North Carolina.  With all the time we've spent throwing our friend's bridal shower, hanging out in nearby Myrtle Beach, boardwalk browsing, and just enjoying our brief vacation, there hasn't been much time for blogging.  As it should be.  However, these customs that I'm about to show off had already been completed before we headed south; so, this seems like the perfect time to unveil them on the blogosphere.

The Cubs, courtesy of a slate injuries and poor play in the first half, have gone through a large amount of roster turnover so far in 2017.  Having used 41 players at this point, there's no way that the Topps Flagship set is going to be able to cover everyone (not that they would anyway) - not even Topps Total would have done so.  Seeing as I have a 2017 template already built and ready to use, I figured I'd take the liberty to help the ol' bubblegum out.  I'm always happy to assist.

With that in mind, I whipped up a 2017 "Flagship" Cubs card of everyone who has appeared in at least one contest this year, but did not show up on the S1, S2, or Factory Team Set checklists.  Without any further adieu, here they are:

The Off-Season Additions:
(My apologies to Brett Anderson; I forgot him)

The Deadline Deal Makers:

 The Prospect Promotions:

"So, You Think You Can Dance?" Contestants:

 (So far, they've all been voted off)

That Cubs bullpen sure does love to dance, don't they?

Anyway, how do you think they turned out?  Feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Of those pictured above, I feel like the ones most likely to crop up in the Update series are blossoming rookie, Ian Happ and the blockbuster trade deadline acquisitions (Q, Avila, and Wilson).  Otherwise, most of these names don't register on Topps radar, especially the dime-a-dozen bullpen scraps.  Of course, I've been wrong before and sometimes some odd choices are made to fill out the team checklists - we shall see.  In a perfect world, every single one would appear on their own Cubs cards; however, I doubt anyone but me and my CATRC feels that way.

But,if I ran the zoo...


  1. You did well! You should print these off for your collection. Not to sell, of course.

  2. I really like how these turned out. Saw Avila hit his first Cubs home run today at Wrigley!

    Somehow I missed Pierce Johnson appearing for the Cubs this year. Had to look him up after seeing that custom of yours.

  3. Your Mark Zagunis card is fantastic! I love seeing the Gary Jones cameo!