Sunday, April 23, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,829 Cubs cards from 121 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1956 Topps #11 Cubs Team This is the very first Topps team card of the Cubs.  It's nice that Topps gives us the names of all the players shown.  Its not nice that the 1956 Cubs finished in last place with a record of 60-94.

1980s: 1987 Topps Traded #73 Dave Martinez  The current Cubs bench coach was entering his first full season in the majors in 1987.  He became the team's regular center fielder and hit .292.  

1990s: 1996 Stadium Club #53 Jim Bullinger I wonder what the story is behind this picture, which shows Bullinger on the rooftop of a building along Sheffield Avenue?  Maybe Cubs management told the guy with a 1996 record of 6-10 and an ERA of 6.54 to take a hike.

2000s: 2003 Topps #635 Cubs Team  Two team pictures out of four cards so far.  What are the odds of that?  The fake wall to cover the batboys has to be one of the dumbest looks.

2010s: 2015 Topps Update #263 Pedro Strop  Pedro pitched in a team-high and career-high 76 games in the 2015 season.  He was the 8th inning guy though he did close a few and picked up three saves.

1 comment:

  1. That Bullinger card is pretty cool. Wrigley Field always is a cool backdrop for cards.