Sunday, November 9, 2014

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 12,815 Cubs cards from 97 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1909 T206 Harry Steinfeldt with Bat  This is one of two cards of the forgotten infielder from the World Champion 1907 and 1908 Cubs.  Tinker, Evers, and Change got all the press and poor Harry was ignored.

1980s: 1981 Topps Stickers #157 Rick Reuschel  The sticker gives us an odd angle of Big Daddy.  The '81 season wasn't a good one for Rick.  He was 4-7 with the Cubs and was traded to the Yankees during the strike stoppage.  When play resumed, he went 4-4 in New York.

1990s: 1998 Topps Diamondbacks Version #108 Kevin Orie  Topps issued specially marked sets for the Diamondbacks and Marlins inaugural season of 1998.  You can see the Diamondback logo on the card, in and odd location, right between Orie's legs.  Too bad the RNG didn't select the Marlin's version of the card, because that's were Orie ended up half way through the '98 season.

2000s: 2002 Milestone Materials Billy Herman  I picked up this card when I was adding to my relics collection.  Herman is arguably the best Cubs baseman ever not named Ryne Sandberg.

2010s: 2012 Topps Factory Team Set #CHC17 Wrigley Field  This card give us a nice look at the Friendly Confines.  Next year it's going to look a bit different as the bleachers are being rebuilt and video boards are going in.    

Right now the left and right field bleachers have been removed.

Here's what it should look like next April


  1. the rng says "but i wanted to see the 2012 topps factory team wrigley field card!"

    probably same photo, different design. i will have to make a trip to chicago to check out the renovated confines...

  2. I love Wrigley but the plans look good. Speaking of which that Billy Herman is a beautiful card.