The National Sports Collectors Convention was held a few weeks back outside of Chicago, and we always see a few new promotional items come out of this show. Given that the show was held in Chicago, I expected to see quite a few Cubs items among these this year. This turned out not to be the case, however, with Topps producing no Cubs related stuff for the show (at least that I have seen yet), and Upper Deck being the main supplier of Cubs cards from the show. Given that they do not have an MLB license, Upper Deck is a little bit handicapped when it comes to producing quality cards of baseball players. Even given that handicap though, I still think their offerings here are pretty weak. We got cards of Ryne Sandberg, Greg Maddux, and Matt Szczur, along with autographed parallels with varied numbering. Like I said, I'm not a big fan of these;
#2 Ryne Sandberg (Auto #/10)
#9 Greg Maddux (No Auto Parallel)
#20 Matt Szczur (Auto #/35)
Tristar also came through with a Cubs card in their Obak promo set, this one being a Cap Anson. The Anson shares the same design as the Anson card in the Obak set that was released around the same time, but the photo is different;
#3 Cap Anson
That's all I've seen so far, but keep in mind that Sportkings have released some very limited promos the past few years at the National and it appears they did so again this year. So there may be a card or two from this set that we won't see on the market immediately.