Saturday, September 26, 2009

Five Random Cubs Cards

I have 5,557 Cubs cards from 18 different brands. A random number generator picked five of them. Here they are in the order selected.

For the first time, the generator picked two cards of the same player. Unfortunately, the player picked is one of the biggest Cub flops of the decade.

Topps 1985 #280 Shawon Dunston This was one of several cards from the 1985 set that featured various #1 draft picks. 1985 was Dunston's first year in the majors. He broke camp as the starting shortstop. But he never got his bat going and was sent back to Iowa in mid-May. He came back to the Cubs in August and started the rest of the season. He ended up with a respectable .260 batting average.

Goudey 2008 #38 Carlos Zambrano
This is one of my newer cards, as I just picked up all the Goudey cards this summer. 2008 was a good year for Zambrano. He went 14-6 and tossed a no hitter against the Astros in September.

Topps 1984 #618 Dickie Noles
Noles was one of many Phillies who came to the Cubs when former Phillie skipper Dallas Green took over as the Cubs GM. Alcohol and an injury to his knee ruined his career with the Cubs. In 1984 he was 4-5 with a 5.15 ERA before being traded to the Rangers. He did no better in Texas, finishing the season with a 5.15 ERA for the Rangers. Kinda weird that he had the exact same ERA with both teams.

Leaf 2005 #39 Corey Patterson
By 2005, Cubs fans had given up on Patterson. His 118 strikeouts and .215 average were sent to Baltimore after the season.

Upper Deck 2002 #313 Corey Patterson
Corey looks like he is a pitcher in the windup. And how much did 7-11 pay for the ad?? In 2002, Patterson was the pride of the Cubs farm system, a future All Star in the making. He was the teams starting centerfielder and hit .253. That wasn't quite the number you would like to see from your leadoff man. The Cubs have had a problem all decade long trying to come up with a decent leadoff hitter. Patterson was one of many failures.

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