Sunday, September 23, 2012

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 10,726 Cubs cards from 71 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 

Pre 1970s: 1915 Cracker Jack #176 James "Hippo" Vaughn...this is a reprint...the originals are waaayy too pricey for me!  Vaughn is knows mostly as the guy who lost the only double no-hitter in MLB history.  But he was a pretty decent pitcher for several seasons.  From 1914 - 1920, he won 21, 20, 17, 23, 22, 21, and 19 games.

1970s: 1971 Fleer World Series #5 1907  It was just a few weeks ago that I had a couple posts on this set, and now the Random Number Generator pull the 1907 Cubs.  After being heavily favored but losing the 1906 World Series, the Cubs were not going to flop again.  As you see on the card, they ran wild on the Tigers, swiping 18 bases on their way to a four game sweep of the Tigers.

1980s: 1984 Donruss #198 Steve Lake  Steve Lake was the backup to starter Jody Davis, but his 1984 season was not very good.  He contracted hepatitis in early May and didn't return to play until early August.  For the season he hit ,222 in just 25 games. 

1990s: 1993 Studio #8 Steve Buechele  The 1993 season was probably Buechele's best.  He his a career highs in average (.272) and doubles (27).  He led NL third basemen in fielding (.975) and committed only eight errors

2000s: 2001 Upper Deck Decades 1970 Bellbottomed Bashers #8 Dave Kingman  This card is from an insert set from UD's Decades 1970s set.  Kingman was the only Cub among the ten bashers in the set.  He hit 252 homers during the '70s (good for sixth place) but only 76 of those were with the Cubs.  I saw six of the 252 in person at Wrigley on August 8, 1974 (while he was with the Giants), one on April 5, 1979,  one on April 17, 1979, and three on May 17, 1979.

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