Saturday, July 21, 2012

1999 Wrigley Field Top Ten Moments

A couple years ago I set a goal of collecting all of the cards the Cubs gave away at Wrigley Field.  I've posted my progress from time to time. Now that I have all the cards from 2002, I thought I had them all.  I thought.

Then this card popped up on ebay.  A reader also alerted me to the auction.  Getting the card was fairly simple; I won as the second bidder. Learning more about the cards has been a bit more difficult.

Here's what I know.  The set of ten cards was given out on August 6, 1999.  The Cubs split a doubleheader with the Astros as over 39,000 fans turned out at Wrigley.  20,000 sets were given away to fans 21 and older.  One of the cards features Ernie Banks' 500th career homer.

That's all I could find out.  I have never seen the set before.  It is not included in the Standard Catalog.  Beckett doesn't have a listing for it either.  Sportslots and Checkoutmycards...nothing.  And my card is the only one of its type that has been on ebay in the past two and a half months.

So what are the other top ten moments at Wrigley?  I've got no idea! I'll just have to see if any more of these ever pop up on ebay.

For now, here's my best guess...

....May 2, 1917...double no-hit game
....Game 3 of the 1932 World Series...Babe Ruth's "Called Shot"
....September 28, 1938...Gabby Hartnett's "Homer in the Gloamin"
....May 15, 1960...Don Cardwell becomes the first pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter in his first game for a team
....June 29, 1969...Billy Williams Day...he sets the NL record for consecutive games played and goes 5-9 in a doubleheader
....September 2, 1972...Milt Pappas' near-perfect game
....September 8, 1985...Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with hit #4191
....8/8/88...the first night game
....May 6, 1998...Kerry Wood's 20 strikeout game

I'll refer back to this list as I find the other nine cards in the set to see how I did.


  1. Did a little searching. One of the top ten moments cards was the Ryne Sandberg game in 1984.,r:0,s:0,i:73

    Another moment was the Kerry Wood 20K game in 1998.

  2. That's my card IHSSN has linked. I bought the set a few months ago strictly for the Sandberg and donated the rest of the set. I can't, for the life of me, remember the games in the top ten.

  3. That's pretty cool - hope to hear more as you learn more!

  4. Okay, I found my other cards. Here are the top ten Wrigley moments:

    May 2, 1917 - Hippo Vaughn-Fred Toney double no-hitter
    October 1, 1932 - Ruth's Called Shot
    September 28, 1938 - Hartnett's "Homer in Gloamin"
    May 15, 1960 - Cardwell's no-hitter
    May 12, 1970 - Banks' 500th home run
    September 2, 1972 - Pappas' near-perfect game
    June 23, 1984 - The Sandberg Game
    August 8, 1988 - First night game at Wrigley Field
    May 6 1998 - Wood's 20 strikeouts
    September 13, 1998 - Sosa hits home runs 61 and 62

    6/10 ain't bad. Good guessin'

    The cards other than the Sandberg are available. Shoot me an email if you want them -

  5. I just put up an unopened set on ebay today