I've got 5,827 Cubs cards from 21 different brands, all stored here
They are also cataloged in an Excel spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five of them. Here they are in the order selected.
Fleer 1993 #104 Steve Buechele He was one of many (too many) third basemen for the Cubs who played after Ron Santo and before Aramis Ramirez. For too long that was a revolving door position. Buechele actually had a pretty good season in 1993, hitting a career high .272 with 15 HRs. He also led all NL third basemen in fielding. But his season was marred by an achilles heel problem that put him on the DL in June and bothered him the rest of the season.
Pinnacle 1995 #373 Kevin Foster A local guy from Evanston, Foster spend the 1995 season in the starting rotation and was 12-11 . He also led the team in strikeouts with 146. The good news...he led the league in something......the bad news....it was homeruns allowed....but the OK news, 25 of the 32 HRs he gave up were solo shots.
Upper Deck 1990 #660 Paul Assenmacher Paul and his wicked curveball had a really nice season in 1990. Used mainly as a setup man, Assenmacher was 7-2 with a 2.80 ERA. When closer Mitch Williams got hurt, Assenmacher stepped into the closer role and ended up with 10 saves.
Topps 1966 #559 Roberto Pena In 1965 Roberto Pena was the Cubs shortstop of the future. The future lasted until early June. The Cubs gave up on Pena, his erratic glove, and his anemic bat. He spent the rest of 1965 in the minors. He made the 1966 roster, but was sent back to AAA in late April and never played for the Cubs again.
Upper Deck 1991 #761 Heathcliff Slocumb He made 52 appearances for the Cubs, all out of the bullpen. He became the first Cubs rookie right-handed pitcher to make more than 50 appearances since Bruce Sutter in 1976. He struggle in July and August (7.47 ERA) and was sent back to AAA, but was recalled in September and did much better (1.29 ERA).