Sunday, October 4, 2009

Five Random Cubs Cards

I have 5,693 Cubs cards from 20 different brands. A random number generator picked five of them. Here they are in the order selected.

Donruss 1995 #429 Randy Myers The strange thing about this card is the small inset picture of Myers. He's got three different things on his head: his hat, sun glasses on the hat, and a white towel. The hat and glasses I understand; the towel....I'm not too sure about. During his three seasons with the Cubs, Myers led the NL in saves twice. 1995 was the second time, but after the season, he was granted free agency and signed with the Orioles.

Fleer 1987 #564 Terry Francona
The Red Sox skipper spent the 1986 season with the Cubs after the Expos released him before the start of the season. In part time duty he hit .250. The Cubs brass felt he was expendable and he was released at the end of the season

Leaf 1997 #66 Scott Servais
If you look between his legs, you get a nice look at a WGN banner that was along the bricks near the Cubs dugout. After coming to the Cubs in a mid-season trade with the Astros in 1995, Servais spent the next few years as the team's starting catcher. He put up steady but unspectacular number, including a .260 average with 6 HRs and 45 RBIs in 1997.

Fleer 1983 #572 Garry Woods
Chicago was Woods' fourth and final major league stop. He was obtained by the Cubs from the Astros for current Rockies manager Jim Tracy in December, 1981 (though Tracy never made Houston's roster). He ended up as the Cubs staring center fielder in 1982, when hot shot prospect Ty Waller faltered. Woods hit .269, but the Cubs were looking for more than that. He spent 1983 as a back-up, a role he held until being released after the 1985 season.

Turkey Red 2005 #315 Ernie Banks
This is from Turkey Red's first release. The Banks card was the last card of the 315 card set. One nice thing about all the retro sets is that I get to add more cards of my favorite players from the past to my collection. This is the tenth Ernie Banks card I've got that was issued after he retired.

1 comment:

  1. Tito looks about 12 on his card. Nothing makes you age like managing a ball club.