Sunday, February 24, 2013

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 11,206 Cubs cards from 77 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1950s / 1960s: 1966 Topps #43 Don Landrum  This card has always given me the creeps.  I know that they didn't, but it almost looks like Topps put Landrum's head on someone else's body.  The head seem too big.  Landrum didn't even spend the 1966 season with the Cubs.  He was traded to the Giants (along with Lindy McDaniel) during the off-season for a couple rookies that....

....ended up on a 1966 rookie card.  Both were important parts of the '69 Cubs, too.

1970s: 1978 Hostess #46 Bill Buckner  This card pictures the mental picture I have of Bill Buckner...bushy eyebrows, big mustache, and Cubbie Blue.  He had a great 1978 high in RBIs (74) and average (.323); struck out only 17 times in 470 plate appearances (best in NL), led team in doubles (26), and was voted Chicago Player of the Year by the Chicago sportwriters.

1980s: 1989 Big #170 Ty Griffin  This is a Big card for a big bust.  He was good in college and good for Team USA, but as a professional, Ty Griffin was no good.  He was the Cubs #1 draft selection in 1988, but never played any higher than AA.

1990s: 1992 Team Issued Andre Dawson This set, sponsored by Marathon Oil, were given away at Wrigley Field on July 10.  The 1992 season was Dawson's last with the Cubs.  He had a decent season, hitting .277 with 22 HRs and 90 RBIs.  But age and injuries were catching up with him and the Cubs didn't try to resign him after the season.

2000s: 2005 Fleer #14 Greg Maddux  The 2005 Fleer design has a old-time look to it,  reminiscent of some of the early Topps designs.  As a 39-year-old, Maddux led the NL in starts, taking the mound 35 times.  He was 13-15, his first losing season since his rookie year with  the Cubs in 1987.  He did pick up his 3000th strikeout and won his 15th gold glove, so the season wasn't a total bust.


  1. I heard there were several variations of the Landrum card.

  2. Three different ones, each featuring different depictions of a button on his pants. (His fly was undone in the original picture)