1950s / 1960s: 1955 Bowman #242 Ernie Banks This is the second time in a row that the RNG has picked a card from the TV set and it picked a really nice one of Mr. Cub. Ernie looks so young in this picture taken at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. You can see that my card isn't in the greatest shape; most of the corners are dinged. After I win the lottery, this will be one of the first cards that I upgrade.
1970s: 1971 Fleer World Series #6 1908 The card says, "Ty Cobb's only good Series." Who cares??? He lost!! This was the Cubs last World Series win and Fleer gives us a picture of a member of the losing team. Boo!!!!
1980s: 1989 Team Issued #2 Vance Law These cards are actually unnumbered; the numbering used is the players uniform number that's listed on the front. Law was the third baseman on the surprising '89 team that won the division. His career peaked the previous season when he hit .293 and made the All Star team. He fell off in '89, his average losing almost 60 points.
1990s: 1994 Fleer Traded #110 Karl Rhodes Good 'ol Tuffy Rhodes...Opening Day Rhodes. He hit three homers on Opening Day 1994 off of Doc Gooden and a legend was born. Tuffy struggled the rest of the season, hitting only five more homers in another 94 games. After tanking in the '95 season he moved on to Japan where he became a true legend.
2000s: 2012 Topps Gold #580 Tony Campana It doesn't happen very often that the RNG pulls a card from the current season. Little Tony is that fly that keeps landing on you and when you swat at it, the bugger escapes and comes back to keep bothering you. He doesn't put up great numbers, but when he gets on base exciting things happen.