Sunday, July 31, 2016

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,346 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: 1954 Bowman #29 Johnny Klippstein  Johnny did not have a very good year at all.  He was 4-11 with an ERA of 5.29.  His appearance were split pretty evenly between the rotation and the bullpen and he was lousy at both.  But he's got a very nice looking autograph, so kudos to him for that.

1980s: 1986 Fleer #382 Chris Speier  For a while during the 1985 season the Cubs had old '70s shortstops market cornered with both Speier and Larry Bowa.  Speier stuck around through the 1986 season, but was replaced by Shawon Dunston.

1990s: 1990 Fleer Traded #10 Hector Villanueva  Hector put up decent numbers in his rookie season of 1990, hitting .272.  That didn't really matter, though.  What any Cub fan remembers about him was they way that Harry Caray would try to pronounce his name.

2000s: 2006 Upper Deck #87 Aramis Ramirez  Doesn't he look like Turk from Scrubs?

2010s:  2015 Finest #37 Jorge Soler  It will be interesting to see what the Cubs do with him when he comes off the DL.  The outfield is getting pretty crowded.

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