For Cubs prospects, future is in the cards

You may remember the joy of finding certain rookie baseball cards in a pack when you were a kid.

Some particular cards may register even more with your generation. One card happened to register for some of the Cubs promotional brass. Behold the 1982 Topps future stars card featuring Cal Ripken Jr.


That card was recently recreated with names that all Cubs fans are getting very familiar with.

This custom card features the holy trinity of Cubs prospects Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, and Javier Baez.

It will appear in a set to be included in the Cubs season ticket holders’ package, along with game day tickets that replicate Topps cards themselves. They should be arriving by mid March.

You may also remember those handsome tickets from last year. Many of the tickets were in honor of past and present Cubs with a tie in to a team or a date. Nomar Garciaparra was featured on the Cubs-Red Sox tickets last summer and Kerry Wood was on game #34, of course.

This year Director of Ticket Sales & Service Brian Garza and Vice President, Sales and Partnerships Collin Faulkner wanted to take it a step further. They fell in love with the “Topps Archives” set, which happens to be a big seller. The retro card style appealed to the former card collectors. I got to speak with Garza by phone yesterday and he is excited about this promotion. It should be well received by Cubs fans.

Garza says Topps origanally wanted the Cubs to stick to the basic card template as opposed to special cards like “Future Stars” or “All-Star” types. However, with a little arm-twisting from the Cubs side, they got to fulfill their vision of the future stars card.

The card got some play on Twitter Monday night.

Garza says the Cincinnati Reds were the pioneers for the Topps style ticket in 2010. However, it was a much more limited edition than what the Cubs did last year with their tickets, let alone the extra set this season. All season ticket holders will receive the special 82-pack set that will have an authentication stamp.

Luckily, you can still get your hands on the packs throughout the season even if you aren’t a season ticket holder.

There will be 4 giveaway dates. The first 3 dates will give away 20 cards , followed by 22 in the final date. They will only be given away to the first 10,000 to arrive so Garza says: “It will be very tough to put together the whole set this way”.

Garza has some advice: “Get in on the 6 game packages where you can assure yourself the 4 give away dates”.

You can see the entire set here and get links to every card.

Finally Garza says the last home game of the season will feature the “future stars” card/ticket to symbolize what is yet to come.

A card that makes you feel like a 10 year old all over again.






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    I love the fact that the Ripken card has someone else at shortstop.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Could be shades of Baez.

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    In reply to Tom Loxas:

    True, that. Honestly, it's not inconceivably that card is our starting outfield in 2016.

  • Awesome card! Want me one of those.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I knew who the guy in the middle was on that Orioles card....had to look up the other two guys!

    Just goes to show the prospect crap shoot; obviously Ripken worked out, but the other two guys did just about nothing in the majors

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Ha! True. Although I also think there's more info about prospects these days. Even still, I'll bet most of the time you won't see all 3 of a team's prospects make it.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    How could you forget Bob Bonner??

  • The 1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken is worth more than the 1982 Rookie Card due to the number that were produced.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Got the 82 Ripkin cards...Actually to be pefectly honest my son owns the cards but they are still stored in my house. Frank(my son) really got into baseball cards for a couple years and he put together sets of all the 81-82-and 83 cards out there and then he lost interest in working at it that hard. The next couple years worth have some pretty significant holes in the collection.

  • In reply to carolinacub:

    Ripken Rookie Fleer, Donruss are also great to have.....the first Stadium Club card of Ripken is up there..........another card that is neat to have is the Pete Rose Fleer Update card that has him in a Expos uniform.....Updated Fleer Clemens & Puckett Rookies are also highly rated.

    Rookies of Gwynn, Sandberg, Boggs, Ripken came from those sets you have.......

    Invest in the vintage Rookies & HOF's........too many cards produced after 1984.....vintage cards hold better value.........I have EVERY Topps Cubs card since 1970.........

  • The '82 and '83 sets hold fond memories for me. I had duplicates of rookie Sandberg, Gwynn, and Boggs. For some reason I just couldn't get a Bill Madlock!

  • I think this a very cool idea did you guys see some of the other cards at the link?

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    Those would be awesome games to go to. I have season tickets but can't make any of those games. If anyone wants them in a package, let me know. Better to have a fellow Cubs Den frequenter with the set than some schmuck.

  • In reply to Ryan Kalasz:

    If you are season tix holder you get the whole 82 pack with your tix!

  • Love the '71 Castro

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    There is a Steve Trachsel card. Someone please smother me with a pillow.

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    Man I miss collecting cards and still have my huge childhood collection. I would get my allowance and go straight to the gas station and buy 10-20 packs. I am now 35 and would still be buying cards if they were not $3-$5 per pack.

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    In reply to Nick Johnson:

    I buy 1 new pack every spring.

  • Do thy still come with that awful gum I used to love?

  • So is the Soler/Almora/Baez card not included in the Topps 2013 set? It can only be gotten by going to the Cubs game on that particular date?

  • It's a custom made card just for Cubs. Season tix holders get it along with give away dates.

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    As a big Cub fan and big card collector as a kid this is an awesome
    page :) kudos

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