I love history. Especially when it comes to local history, and especially Chicago Cubs history. The 1970’s is a fascination as it was the decade before my birth (1982).
The local newspaper near my hometown has begun digitizing old issues, and is now updated through 1979 and on occasion I’ll pass the time by reading a few old issues. Recently, I came across a July 1978 issue with a Cubs headline in the sports section.
Jose Cardenal is one of my favorite Cubs of the 1970’s. The stories of him missing games for an eyelid being stuck open are great. Cardenal also appeared on stage with Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field in 2016, as Eddie Vedder said Cardenal was his favorite player growing up.
Cardenal has some great Cubs baseball cards, most of which are in my collection. It begins with the 1973 Topps, one of my favorite Topps sets.
And 1974 Topps.
The 1975 Topps Cardenal.
In 1976, we start to see Cardenal on a few different releases other than the standard Topps card.
Along with Topps he had a Crane disc. This is one of my favorites in my collection. Several years ago I purchased a lot of about 25 of these discs joining the others I already had.
And here is the 1977 Hostess. Cardenal was also on some Kellogg’s oddballs, and other Hostess issues.
One Cardenal card not in my collection, but has been added to my want list is a 2013 Topps Archives season ticket holder card. There are a few different sets out there that are season ticket holder giveaways, as well as an Archives set that was a Wrigley Field giveaway.
I wish I could have watched Cardenal play. I was fortunate to meet him at the Cubs Convention last year, and have a couple signed baseballs.