My Topps Now Anthony Rizzo boo boo

On September 30, 2018, Anthony Rizzo hit his 100th RBI of the season. Check out the video below courtesy of NBC Sports Chicago.

Look how excited and pumped that Rizzo is on that play! He’s jumping up and down like a little kid. I love it! The Cubs went on to beat the Cardinals that day 10-5. Now being that I really like Anthony Rizzo, I hopped on the Topps Now section of the Blowout Card Forums to voice my enthusiasm. Rumor has it that one of the Topps folks in charge of Topps Now cards monitors their forums. I wanted Rizzo to get a card celebrating his 100th RBI so I posted the following post to the group.

As you can see, I went as far as adding two sources for the card. I was happy, proud and confident I would persuade Topps to include Rizzo in the following day batch of cards. During the afternoon of the next day, I aggressively refreshed the Topps Now page to see if they had included Rizzo. When the new cards appeared, there was Rizzo. I was thrilled! As I looked closer at the description on the front of the card, it said the following:

4th in franchise history with 3 seasons of 30 HRs, 30 2Bs & 100 RBI

Hmm, how odd I thought. I didn’t remember Rizzo getting to 30 HRs. Before I looked at the stats, I got back on the forum. Others had noticed the incorrect stats. But I sourced it directly from MLB’s website! I went back to their website and read the article. I looked at the date of the article and it showed September 2, 2017.

I was in shock and disappointed in myself for posting an outdated article. Not only were folks on the forum frustrated, but I was also seeing people talking about this on Twitter. I felt terrible about this! I had to own it at this point so I went on the offensive. I posted to the forums and to Twitter that I was the one who suggested the card but posted the wrong link. I pleaded with Topps on Twitter that the stats were for the previous year and to use the first link from NBC Sports Chicago that correctly mentioned Rizzo as being the first Cubs lefty to get 100 RBIs in 4 seasons.

The next day I noticed the front of the card on the Topps website had changed to the correct stats. However, the back still mentioned the stats from 2017. I still hoped that it would be fixed once it was printed. I received the card today and the back is exactly the same as it was on the website. Drats!

I’m not sure why the folks at Topps didn’t check this a bit closer, but I still feel partly responsible for it. The folks on the forum seemed like it made for a good story. The Rizzo card turned out to be the second to last Cubs Topps Now card of the season as the Cubs were eliminated in the wild card game against the Rockies. Maybe next year!

Recent Anthony Rizzo acquisitions

It’s getting closer to baseball season and I’ve found myself wanting to expand my Anthony Rizzo collection. The guy is such an inspiration on and off the field and his recent response to the school shooting at his old high school in Florida proves he is a leader. While I had a handful of his cards, I did not have any rookie cards. I had to change this.

I prefer to get graded rookie cards when I can afford it, but the PSA 10’s were a bit out of my budget. I have no problem getting PSA 9 cards to save a few bucks as I usually can’t tell the difference between a 9 and 10. I found the 2011 Topps Update #US55 Anthony Rizzo card on eBay that had a best offer on it. I haggled with the seller and we settled on $15 + shipping for the PSA 9. (the PSA 10’s are in the $40-50 range)

I am a big fan of getting batches of cards on eBay so I looked around for a Rizzo lot. I found one that had 25 cards and a best offer which I negotiated to $5.99 with free shipping. Not too shabby! I did notice one of the cards was not a Rizzo card so technically it’s 24 but not a big deal. They were all different which is good as I don’t really need any duplicates.

I also won an eBay auction for a 2018 Topps 1983 #83-54 Anthony Rizzo card along with the 2018 Topps Chrome Refractor #11 Anthony Rizzo. I’m guessing the Chrome version came from one of those silver packs that were included in the 2018 hobby boxes or cases.

I was reading through the buy/sell forum on the Blowout Cards Forum and someone was selling a 2018 Topps #50 Anthony Rizzo SP variation for $2 + shipping. I couldn’t pass that up so I told him I would take it. I sent him the money and he shipped within a day or two. He turned out to be super local and shipped at a post office 5 miles away from me. He shipped on February 22nd and I figured it would show up the next day. No luck. Surely by day 2 it would arrive. Nope. By the 25th, it was in the lovely state of in-transit. Seriously, we don’t have that many post offices in our city.

I had to wait 7 days to file a missing mail claim which I filed on March 1st. I waited a few more days with no change in the tracking or response from the USPS. At this point I figured it was lost in the mail. On March 7th, I received a text message from the USPS that my package was delivered to my PO Box in Champaign. I checked the box after work and sure enough it was there! I opened it up and the card was fine. Whew! What a journey it must have taken over just a few miles! I like the card and now I just need the SSP variation to complete the 3 card set.

Finally, I found some 2018 Topps Heritage blasters at Meijer the other day. This was my first encounter with them so I bought two blasters. The first box was rather boring but the second box was a hot box as it had a bunch of purple chrome cards in there. One of them was 2018 Topps Heritage Chrome #THC-20 Anthony Rizzo purple card which made me really happy. (I also pulled a Kris Bryant purple chrome in the same box!) The scan looks a little weird but I like the card a lot.

1980 Topps Chicago Cubs team set

As I was browsing around eBay one day, I came across the 1980 Topps Chicago Cubs team set. I bid on it and won it for $2.80 plus $3.99 shipping! Not a bad price! I finally went through them today and compared them to the list of cards on as well as Beckett had an extra guy on there that is actually a White Sox player which I’ve emailed them about.

Both sites also listed a 1980 Topps #202 Home Run Leaders/Dave Kingman/Gorman Thomas card which was not in the eBay order. It wasn’t shown in the picture of the listing so I’m not going to complain about it. I’m guessing since the card has both a Cubs player and Brewers player on it, it wasn’t considered part of the set. I’d still like to find it so I can complete the set though.

According to, the Cubs went 64-98 in 1980 so not a very good season. I was a toddler at this period of time so I only recognize a few players like Sutter, Buckner and Kingman. No worries though as I still want to collect as many Cubs team sets regardless how they did in each year.

If anyone has 1980 Topps #202 Home Run Leaders with Dave Kingman and Gorman Thomas, please let me know! If I find it on my own, I will update this post. Thanks!

UPDATE: Thanks to a kind soul named Chris on Twitter (@addysdaddy181), the card is on its way to me! Thanks to all who replied to my request!

UPDATE #2: I’ve received the card from Chris and my 1980 Topps Cubs team set is complete! Hurray!

Cards in this order:

1980 Topps #17 Bruce Sutter
1980 Topps #54 Dennis Lamp
1980 Topps #103 Bill Caudill RC
1980 Topps #135 Bill Buckner
1980 Topps #153 Tim Blackwell
1980 Topps #175 Rick Reuschel
1980 Topps #240 Dave Kingman
1980 Topps #298 Ken Holtzman
1980 Topps #323 Mick Kelleher
1980 Topps #343 Mike Vail
1980 Topps #381 Team Checklist
1980 Topps #398 Barry Foote
1980 Topps #431 Mike Krukow
1980 Topps #452 Steve Dillard
1980 Topps #472 Willie Hernandez
1980 Topps #493 Jerry Martin
1980 Topps #514 Steve Ontiveros
1980 Topps #523 Ken Henderson
1980 Topps #541 Miguel Dilone
1980 Topps #574 Scot Thompson
1980 Topps #594 Dick Tidrow
1980 Topps #628 Doug Capilla
1980 Topps #639 Larry Biittner
1980 Topps #676 Dave Geisel / Steve Macko RC / Karl Pagel Future Stars
1980 Topps #691 Ivan DeJesus
1980 Topps #716 Lynn McGlothen