Sunday, April 20, 2014

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 12,315 Cubs cards from 88 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1969 Milton Bradley Ernie Banks I've got an entire post on the 1969 Milton Bradley set here.   Most of the Cubs pictures, including this one, were team PR pictures.  The same picture of Ernie is in the 1969 Cubs Roster Book.  MB obviously didn't have an MLB license, so the Cubs logo was removed.

1980s: 1987 Fleer #559 Bob Dernier The 1987 season was Dernier's last with the Cubs.  He played in just 93 games, though his average was very good, .317.  He became a free agent after the season and went back to the Phillies for the final two years of his career.

1990s: 1991 Star Platinum #1 Mark Grace This card is the first of nine in the Grace Platinum set.  It looks like young Mark is taking BP at Wrigley Field.  In 1991, Grace saw a dip in his performance.  After being in the top ten in batting his first three years, this season saw his average drop to .273.  He did lead all NL first baseman in fielding average, putouts, assists, and fielding chances.

2000s: 2009 Upper Deck #71 Mark DeRosa  Upper Deck has an interesting action shot of DeRosa.  Howver, in 2009 DeRosa didn't have any action with the Cubs....he was traded to the Indians in December, 2008.  He did get a card with the Indians in Series Two.

2010s: 2011 Gypsy Queen #82 Starlin Castro  This was from Castro's golden boy era, when every Topps set included several cards of him.  Not only did he have a base card in Gypsy Queen, but he was also in the Future Stars and Sticky Fingers insert sets.


  1. "Sticky Fingers"?!?!??? There is/was an insert set called "Sticky Fingers"?

    Oh, the stuff I miss out on by ignoring Gypsy Queen...

    1. ...and it's not like Castro has sticky fingers; more like lead hands