Sunday, April 9, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,823 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: 1958 Topps #221 Jerry Kindall This is the only Cub card among the 27 in the set with a pink background.  Kindall has a very tough look on his face.  It doesn't match well with the pink.

1980s: 1983 Team Issued Coaches The fish-eyed lens gives this card a weird look.  Pictured are (left to right),...Fred Koenig, first base; Ruben Amaro (who just recently passed away), third base, Lee Elia, manager, Duffy Dyer, bullpen; John Vukovich, bench, and Billy Connors, pitchers.

1990s: 1997 Fleer Ultra #163 Brant Brown The card lists him as a first baseman, but it was as an outfielder in 1998 that Brant Brown had his 15 minutes in the spotlight.  It wasn't good.

2000s: 2002 Team Issued #564 Don Cardwell Reprint  Cardwell earned a place in Cubs history by throwing a no hitter in his first appearance as a Cub.

2010s: 2012 Archives #52 Geovany Soto Four years after winning the NL Rookie of the Year, Soto had turned into a catcher that couldn't hit his weight.  The Cubs traded him midway through the 2012 season.  


  1. I forgot Shooter was the pitcher in the Brant Brown escapade. May he RIP.

  2. I like the Cardwell with the great Wrigley background. Here's the radio call for the Brant Brown incident, with the famous Ron Santo reaction: