Sunday, November 13, 2016

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,493 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: 1964 Topps Stand-up Billy Williams  They've got Billy looking like a left-handed second baseman on this.

1980s: 1988 Topps #186 Rafael Palmeiro  He was an All-Star with the Cubs during the 1988 season and a Ranger after the season.  GM Jim Frey needed a closer and getting one would cost the Cubs Palmeiro or Mark Grace.  Grace stayed, Palmeiro went.

1990s: 1997 Score #460 Mel Rojas  What a bust of a free-agent signing this was.  The Cubs signed him for three years, $13.5 million.  They got half a year out of him, an 0-4 record, an ERA of 4.58, and just 13 saves in 54 games.  In August he was traded to the Mets.

2000s: 2007 Donruss Elite Green #9 Darwin Barney  This makes two straight weeks that he RNG picked a card from the Barney collection.  Darwin's card partner Mitch Canham didn't have Darwin's success.  He never made it to the majors and had just brief spells in AAA.

2010s: 2104 Donruss Breakout Hitters #18 Anthony Rizzo  I created my own version of this card when it came out in 2014.  If you're showing brick on a Cubs card... need to show ivy, too!

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