Sunday, November 4, 2012

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 10,953 Cubs cards from 72 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1950s / 1960s: 1962 Topps #546 Moe Thacker Moe was a back-up catcher for the Cubs from 1958-1962. He played in a career high 65 games in 1962 and also raised his batting average 16 points over '61......all the way up to .187. The Cubs traded him after the season to the Cardinals

1970s: 1979 Galasso Glossy Greats #84 Billy Herman I've got 18 different cards of the Hall of Famer, but only two show him as "Bill". Usually its "Billy." And oddly, the back of this card does refer to him as "Billy."

1980s: 1989 Bowman #289 Ty Griffin This is an oversized card from Topps' first Bowman set. The Cubs took Griffin as their #1 pick (9th overall) in the 1988 June draft. He never lived up to the hype and the Cubs traded him away in 1991.

1990s: 1995 Pacific #72 Jose Hernandez Pacific gives us a nice action shot of Hernandez at Wrigley Field. The 1995 season was his fourth in the majors and he played in 93 games, his most up to that point. His most interesting stat was home runs--he hit 13--after hitting a total of 19 in all his previous eight professional seasons. Did he find his stroke or find the juice?

2000s: 2000 Upper Deck #346 Joe Girardi The 2000 season was a homecoming for Girardi, as he returned to the team that first signed him. He had a nice season, hitting .278 and he made the All Star team for the only time in his career.


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