Sunday, June 7, 2015

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 13,666 Cubs cards from 105 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 

1900s - 1970s: 1971 Dell Today Ron Santo You can read about the entire 1971 Dell Today set here.  Most of the Dell today Cubs pictures were taken at either Wrigley Field or spring training. But not the Santo card.   In the background is a scoreboard and over his head is a light tower.  Looks to me like they used a picture from Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

Forbes was not a usual card photo shoot location.  I wonder how Dell ended up with the picture?

1980s: 1989 Donruss #49 Rafael Palmeiro  Those darn early printing deadlines!  Palmeiro was traded to the Rangers on December 8, 1988.

1990s: 1995 Summit #154 Ozzie Timmons  This was the first release of Score's premium brand Summit.  You'd think the premium brand would be able to get the correct team logo on the card.  I'm pretty sure the Cubs don't use the Old English D and that...

....the Tigers don't use a C.

2000s: 2008 Spectrum #18 Carlos Zambrano  If you don't like Carlos Zambrano, then you should click somewhere else right now.  The RNG has a Zambrano thing today and the final two cards are both of the psycho righty.  Up first is this Spectrum card.  Spectrum usually has some funky cool designs.  

2010s: 2011 Topps Limited Edition #558 Carlos Zambrano This is from the Factory Set limited edition that was given away as a prize in the 2011 Topps 60th Anniversary Diamond Giveaway.  By the middle of the 2011 season the Cubs would have given Carlos away to anyone who would take him.  On August 11 he gave up five home runs to the Braves and then threw a couple tight pitches to Chipper Jones.  He was ejected.  He cleared out his locker and said he was quitting.  The Cubs jumped on that and said, OK.   He spent the rest of the season on the restricted list.

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