Sunday, July 23, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,016 Cubs cards from 122 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1971 Topps #364 Johnny Callison  You know that your career is in trouble when you are traded in the off-season for a player to be named later.  The Cubs dealt Callison to the Yankees in January, 1972 for a PTBNL.  The Cubs had until May to claim a player of some cash.  On May 17 they received reliever Jack Aker.

1980s: 1988 Fleer Baseball's Hottest Start #9 Andre Dawson This oddball comes from the Dawson player collection.  The card is part of a 44-card boxed set.  Dawson was one of baseball's hottest stars in 1988, coming off of his MVP season in 1987.

1990s: 1996 Stadium Club #180 Brian McRae  This card looks like it belongs in Studio, not Stadium Club.  Hatless cards were something from the '60s, not the '90s.

2000s: 2003 Fleer Traded #140 Troy O'Leary The Cubs signed O'Leary as a free agent prior to the 2003 season.  He was a bust, hitting nearly 60 points below his career average.  The 2003 season was hit last as a major leaguer.

2010s: 2012 Topps Update #258 Josh Vitters Vitters was one of the Cubs top prosects inherited by Theo from the Hendry era.  The cynical part of me says that Theo brough him up in 2012, knowing that he would fail, to show just how bad the system was.  Vitters was a total flop, hitting .121 in 99 at bats.  He would never return to the majors.

1 comment:

  1. Callison was always that good player but not star player card you would pull from the bins at the card show.

    Vitters only 99 at bats, Wow, he was a big prospect name in 2007 and 2008