Sunday, October 13, 2013

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 11,885 Cubs cards from 86 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 

1950s/1960s: 1952 Bowman #16 Omar Lown  He signed the card "Omar" but to everyone in baseball he was known as "Turk."  He split his time between the rotation and the bullpen during the 1952 season and he wasn't very good in either.  For the year he was 4-11 with a 4.37 ERA.  

1970s: 1976 TCMS 1938 Cubs Ripper Collins  This is part of a TCMA set of the 1938 Cubs.  The picture has me totally confused.  The C on his hat is backwards but the C on his chest seems to be correct.  I've got no clue as to what is going on there.  Ripper was the starting first baseman for the pennant-winning 1938 Cubs and he hit .267 with 13 HRs and 61 RBIs.

1980s: 1988 Fleer #425 Keith Moreland Though shown as a Cub on this 1988 card, Moreland spend the season with the Padres.  The Cubs sent him west in February and got Goose Gossage in return.

1990s: 1990 Topps Traded #38 Mike Harkey  The righty had probably the best season of his career as a rooking in 1990.  He was 12-6 with an ERA of 3.26.  It was a career high in wins and was the most by a Cubs rookie in 23 years.

2000s: 2002 Team Issue Billy Williams This replica card of Billy's 1961 rookie card was given away at Wrigley Field on June 19, 2002.  Cards were given to the first 20,000 fans through the gate. The cards are numbered...mine in 19,923/20,000.

1 comment:

  1. Paul,

    Wow, you just barely made it for the Williams card!