Sunday, October 27, 2013

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 11,887 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: 1956 Topps #112 Dee Fondy  Look at that nice action as Fondy dives back to the bag.  Dee Fondy was the Cubs first baseman from 1951-1957.  By the time this card came out in 1956, he was 31 and his skills were starting to slip.

1970s: 1974 Topps Stamps Burt Hooton  Look at Happy, smirking as always.  This stamp was part of a ten stamp Cubs team set.  The 1974 season was not a good one for Hooton.  After being a starter his first two seasons with the Cubs, the '74 season saw him splitting his time between the rotation and the bullpen--a definite demotion.  His 7-11 record and 4.80 ERA would help explain the demotion.

1980s: 1982 Fleer #607 Ty Waller Waller was one of the three players the Cubs got from the Cardinals in exchange for Bruce Sutter.  He wasn't very good and spent most of the '82 season in AAA.  He started the season with the Cubs but was sent to Iowa in early May.  He returned to the Cubs in September.  For the season, he hit only .238 and was traded to the White Sox in December.

1990s: 1994 Collectors Choice #308 Randy Myers  This card is from the Performers subset and recognizes Myers ad the 1993 NL saves leader.  In fact, Myers set an NL record with 53 saves in 1993.  In the strike-shortened 1994 season, Myers recorded 21 saves.

2000s: 2011 Heritage Minor League #111 Ryan Flaherty  The Cubs first round pick in the 2008 draft spent the 2011 season in AA and AAA.  After the season he was taken by the Orioles in the Rule 5 draft and has spent most of the past two seasons as a utility player.


  1. It looks impossible that Myers isn't going to fall over.