Welcome to Cubs Central!

On this site, I share what’s catching my attention in the Cubs’ system. I post thoughts about the major league club, the minors, the draft, and international free agency. My favorite aspect of the site are the baseball cards I make using old Topps frames with pictures of current players and prospects.

bryant 73 2015 OFAt first, this site was to be a place where I would put my Topps’ Baseball Cards I made and to chronicle the rebuild. The focus has changed a bit since the Cubs won the World Series.

You can also find my coverage of the Cubs’ Minor League System, International Free Agency, and the MLB Draft at Cubs Insider and on BP Wrigleyville.

Occasionally, Clark Lorensen, a former student of mine, will chime on the site from time to time.

You can always find me on Twitter at: @cubscentral08 


As for me…
I teach US and World History all day at a small rural school in northern Illinois and I do this site in my spare time. I am getting close to retirement and then this will be my full-time gig. My wife is also a huge Cubs fan, too (that’s why I married her). We have 5 dogs, all rescues. I dig Rush, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, The Fixx, Chris Whitley, Juliana Hatfield, The Posies, and The Punch Brothers.  Don’t get me started on how many instruments I play…

Me 2018



6 thoughts on “About

    R.T. Johnson responded:
    July 19, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Typo…will get it fixed. Thanks!


    Drew said:
    March 31, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the site, guys. I’m sifting through some deep minor players in my Strat league and you’ve been a lot of help!


    Kevin said:
    July 31, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Where did you guys your 1982 topps template from, I’m thinking about making custom baseball cards.


      Todd Johnson responded:
      July 31, 2017 at 10:47 am

      I made it using an old card and a photo editor (PIXLR) to create a transparent template.


    Kevin said:
    July 31, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Do you have any free templates I can use because i love how exact all your designs are!


      Todd Johnson responded:
      July 31, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Sorry, I do not have any free templates. I just used a picture of an 82 card and the photo editor and then overlaid the template on top of the picture.


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