1900s - 1970s: 1971 Topps #98 Joe Decker Righty Joe Decker was one of several young pitchers that were supposed to bolster the Cubs rotation in the early '70s. He pitched nine games in AAA, but spent the majority of the 1971 season with the Cubs. He was used as a reliever and spot starter.
1980s: 1989 Bowman #284 Greg Maddux This guy didn't bolster the starting rotation, he anchored it! The Cubs won the division in 1989 and Maddux was a big help towards that, posting a record of 19-12 with an ERA of 2.95. He finished third in the Cy Young voting.
1990s: 1992 Star #3 Ryne Sandberg This card is one of a slew of Sandberg Star cards from the late '80s and early '90s. The Star '92 set has nine Ryno cards; this is #3. Looks like they snapped a picture in Mesa.
2000s: 2004 Bazooka #243 Felix Pie Cards of players like Felix Pie remind me to be cautious when hearing hype about superstar prospects on the way. Pie's name was talked about for a couple years before he finally came to the Cubs....and went bust.
2010: 2010 Allen & Ginter #88 Kosuke Fukudome Cards of players like