Sunday, March 5, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,693 Cubs cards from 120 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1973 Topps #482 Rick Reuschel This is BIg Daddy's rookie card. The 1973 season saw him post a record of 14-15 with and ERA of 3.00.  That's a pretty decent ERA for a guy with 15 losses.

1980s: 1989 Fleer #439 Rick Sutcliffe He was no longer the ace of the staff, but his 16-10 record in 1989 was a big boost as the Cubs took the NL East title.

1990s: 1991 Fleer #429 Domingo Ramos This is a card that didn't need to be made.  Ramos became a free agent after the 1990 season and the Cubs didn't try to re-sign him.  In fact, no team signed him and Ramos never played in the major leagues again.

2000s: 2008 Topps #609 Ted Lilly  The lefty had the best year of his career in 2008, with a record of 17-9.  His 17 wins and 184 strikeouts are career highs.

2010s: 2011 Topps Limited Edition Factory Set #356 Alfonso Soriano This card comes from the set that Topps gave out as a prize in their Diamond Anniversary contest.  I didn't win the prize; I just bought the Cubs cards. 


  1. I was going to say how much I like Theodore Roosevelt Lilly III. I just looked him up and saw the legal issue he had a couple of years ago. He tried to rip off "Flo" for $4600? Never heard the story until now.

    1. Pretty odd behavior for a guy that made $80 million over his career.