Sunday, December 16, 2012

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 11,096 Cubs cards from 76 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1950s / 1960s: 1954 Bowman #221 Frank Baumholtz  A part-time outfielder for the Cubs, Baumholtz played in 90 games for the '54 Cubs.  He hit .297; I wonder why he didn't play in more games?

1970s: 1978 SSPC #253 Gene Clines  This card comes from the 1978 SSPC All Star Gallery Cubs team set.  The cards are pretty plain looking--just a picture on the front.  But if you just add an autograph to it, you've got the '54 Bowman!  1978 would be Clines last full season in the bigs, though he had been reduced to a part time role, playing in 109 games.

1980s: 1988 Fleer #628 Ryne Sandberg Master of the Double Play  Nice to see a couple hall of famers share a card.

1990s: 1998 Topps Devils Rays Inaugural Set #78 Terry Adams  When MLB expanded in 1998, Topps put out special inaugural sets for both the Devil Rays and the Diamondbacks.  The sets were identical to the base set except for the addition of a team logo on the card.  Adams pitched in 63 games for the Cubs in 1998, all out of the bullpen.  He was 7-7 with an ERA of 4.33

2000s: 2004 Donruss Classics #115 Kerry Wood  These Classics cards were nice looking.  The 2004 was Wood's last as a full time starter.  Injuries limited him to 22 starts and he was 8-9.

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