Sunday, April 27, 2014

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 12,322 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: 1963 Topps #175 Bob Buhl  The righty went 11-14 for the '63 Cubs.  The best thing the roster book says about his season is that he was second in the NL among pitchers for fielding.  You didn't have the greatest season as a pitcher when the highlight is your fielding.

1980s: 1989 Bowman #298 Andre Dawson   This card is from the first year of modern Bowman and is the larger sized card that Topps used the first two years.  The 1989 season saw Dawson help lead the Cubs to a division crown.  Knee troubles limited him to 118 games, but he hit 21 HRs and knocked in 77 runs.

1990s: 1995 Conlon #1340 Larry French  A 1995 card with a 1938 confusing.  The card is part of a subset called "Baseball Goes to War."  French's war story...he joined the Navy after the 1942 season and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in Naval Supply.  He participated in D-Day and then was assigned to the Pacific where he was a part of the landing on Okinawa.  He was released from active duty in December 1945 but remained with the Naval Reserve.  He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and stayed in the Navy until he retired in 1969.

2000s: 2009 OPC #3 Alfonso Soriano  It looks like Soriano went deep against the Dodgers.  And look at how packed the bleachers were.  There is even a crowd of people by the gate looking in on the game.  The good old days of 2008, when the Cubs had the best record in the National League.

2010s: 2012 Tier One On the Rise #AR Anthony Rizzo This is my one and only autograph card of Anthony Rizzo...or as he signed it Ath Rz.


  1. Buhl looks like a guy who has a five o'clock shadow by noon. I like the Soriano card. I need to see if I have it.

  2. Larry French was my great-grandfather. Not sure why the card is 1995 because the only cards I have of his are the size of post cards. I'm not into baseball or collecting baseball cards so I don't know it that was normal. Thanks for writing!

    1. The card was issued by Conlon in 1995.