Sunday, August 24, 2014

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 12,684 Cubs cards from 95 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1965 Topps #402 Joe Amalfitano He saw his playing time sharply curtailed in 1965 as a rookie, Glenn Beckert, became the regular second baseman. In his new role as a utility infielder, he hit .271 in 67 games. By 1967 he was a coach with the Cubs and would manage the team at the end of the '79 season, the second half of the '80 season, and all of 1981. His .363 winning percentage is the worst in team history for any manager with over 50 games.

1980s: 1981 Donruss #587 Doug Capilla  This card is from Donruss' first set, the set with all of the out-of-focus pictures, like this one.  We also get a look at some very untamed ivy in the background.  Capilla was used exclusively out of the pen in 1981, appearing in 42 games and racking up 51 innings of work.  He was 1-0 with an ERA of 3.18.

1990s: 1997 Score #179 Mark Grace Score went with a minimalist design for the 1997 set, a much more boring look than the rainbows they came out with in their early sets.  

2000s: 2005 Upper Deck MVP Batter Up #3 Billy Williams  Batter Up was a 42-card insert set with the MVP set.  The cards were numbered alphabetically by the player's first name, so Billy with a B got card #3.  

2010s: 2011 Allen and Ginter #207 Kosuke Fukudome  Sorry, but Ginter cards should never have a horizontal just doesn't look right.  The 2011 season was Fukudome's fourth with the Cubs, the final year of a four year contract.  He cost the Cubs $48 million, but was worth just a fraction of that.  He was dumped on the Indians at the trade deadline and was just as unproductive for them as he was for the Cubs.

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