Sunday, May 15, 2016

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,224 Cubs cards from 108 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1959 Topps #319 Dave Hillman The righty had the best year of his career in 1959.  After the season, he was a part of MLB history:  He was part of a trade between the Cubs and Red Sox in November, 1959.  It was the first ever non-waiver interleague trade.  New rules that off season gave birth to an interleague trading period of three weeks.  Here's the Tribune article that makes mention of the historical feat.

1980s: 1989 Starting Lineup Mark Grace Grace was becoming a star in 1989, helping to lead the Cubs to the division title.  His .314 average was good for fourth best in the National League. 

1990s: 1992 Bowman #142 Danny Jackson  Looks like Bowman has Jackson at a spring training game. The jersey he's wearing is a BP jersey, not a regular game jersey.  The Cubs had signed Jackson to a big contract before the 1991 season and he was a bust.  They traded him to the Pirates during the 1992 season.

2000s: 2007 Goudey #216 Fergie Jenkins  Goudey was Upper Decks attempt to mimic the success Topps was having with Allen and Ginter.  My reaction: ho hum, though I do like the picture they used of Fergie.

2010s: 2010 Turkey Red #136 Rogers Hornsby This is a nice looking card.  I always enjoyed the Turkey Red sets. The cards always had a classy look to them.

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