Sunday, October 9, 2016

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,455 Cubs cards from 109 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1969 Fleer City Stickers Version 2  These were sold by Fleer in packs, along with a card and a piece of gum for a dime. Such a bargain!

1980s: 1985 Fleer #57 Dennis Eckersley  Fleer is two for two!  Eckersely, like all of the Cubs starters in 1985, spent a portion of the season on the disabled list.  Shoulder problems were his issue.

1990s: 1998 Pacific #254 Brooks Keischnick  Once a highly touted prospect, he was left unprotected in the 1998 expansion draft and was selected by Tampa.  He spent the '98 season in the minors.

2000s: 2002 Fleer #97 Fred McGriff  Fleer makes a comeback!  Fred did too.  The 2002 season was his only full season with the Cubs and he put up really nice numbers.  He smacked 30 homers and drove in 103 runs.  A free agent after the season, the Cubs didn't try to resign him because they had Hee Seop Choi ready to go.  That didn't turn out so well...

2010s: 2014 Herigage #118 Justin Ruggiano  Its hard to believe that just two years ago the Cubs had a team full of stiffs like Ruggiano.  Of the fifteen Cubs in 2014 Heritage, just two (Rizzo and Travis Wood) are still on the team.


  1. Did you know, that as a kid in the 1970's, if you put the cloth Fleer stickers all over your jacket as if it were an embroidered patch, they would last until the first time you got caught in a heavy rain? It's true. And maybe that happened to me on a school field trip so I might just know from experience...

  2. I really love those cloth stickers Fleer produced in the 70's. I pick them up whenever I can.