Sunday, March 26, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,772 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: 1953 Topps #173 Preston Ward  One very odd thing with this card is the C on Ward's hat.  It looks like today's C and it would be easy to overlook.  But in 1953 the Cubs hat used a wishbone C.  I wonder why the artist rounded the C?

1980s: 1983 Team Issued Chuck Rainey This card is part of the set the Cubs gave away on September 2 and 3.  There were 15,000 sets to be given away each day.  On September 2 on 11,575 were in the park and the next day attendance was better, 20,107.  I'll bet there were an awful lot of the sets that never got passed out.

1990s: 1993 Upper Deck #379 Jim Bullinger  Bullinger spent most of the '93 season in the bullpen of the Iowa Cubs.  He made just 15 appearances for the big league club.

2000s: 2007 Upper Deck #519 Felix Pie  Here's a big slice of Bust Pie.  This guy was highly touted for years and then never came close to meeting expectations.  I considered him to be Corey Patterson II.

2010s: 2011 Topps Chrome #17 Starlin Castro  The 2011 card gives a nice look of Castro turning a double play.

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