Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tile Tuesday: 27 Years of '84 Cubs

I'm back with another tile that features all of the Topps Cubs cards of a specific team. This time, its the 1984 Cubs.  Unlike the '69 Cubs, this team did win a division title.  But like the '69 team,   they too pulled a major choke as they blew a 2-0 NLCS lead.

Despite winning a title, this team doesn't get the love like the '69 team.  I think its because they were built via trade and came out of nowhere to win the '84 division title.  The '69 team had several players that spent a long time with the team before the '69 season....they were a familiar group.

There were 40 players that played on the 1984 Cubs and 34 had a Cub card at some time.

The tile starts in 1973 with Rick Reuschel.  By 1984, Reuschel was on his second go-around with the Cubs.  All his Cubs cards are from his first stint; none were made of him in 1983 or 1984.  Next up is Bill Buckner, who's first Cubs card was in 1978.

The real building started in 1982, Dallas Green's first year as GM.  Nine of the '84 Cubs had their first Cub card that year.  The cards peaked in 1984 and 1985 with 28 cards each year.  After that the team started to disperse.  By 1989 only four were left.  The final member would be Ryne Sandberg, who had his final card in 1997.

The tile totaled 166 cards, three less than the '69 Cubs.


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