Sunday, August 13, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,067 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: 1970 Topps #80 Don Kessinger This sis a really nice looking shot of the Cubs shortstop at Shea Stadium in 1969.  Kessinger was in the midst of a five year All Star run. He won his second straight Gold Glove in 1970 also.

1980s: 1989 Star #7 Jerome Walton  This shot come from an interesting angle, one you don't see on cards very often.  It looks like the picture was taken from the bleachers. They must have been using a pretty big zoom lens.

1990s: 1993 All Time Heroes #74 Fergie Jenkins This one and done set has oddly shaped cards.  The two outside parts fold over and cover the stats on the inside.  You can read more about this set from Upper Deck here.

2000s: 2002 Gallery #4 Antonio Alfonseca Mordecai Brown was affectionately known as Three-Finger Brown.  If not for all of today's political correctness nonsense, Alfonseca would have been known as Six-Finger Alfonseca.  His extra finger did him no good during his time with the Cubs.  He was just 5-6 with an ERA of 4.86 and just 19 saves.

2010s: 2015 Heritage #367 Kyle Hendricks The Cubs righty was deemed Heritage-worthy based on his 2014 rookie performance, going 7-2 with an ERA of 2.46.  He slumped a little in 2015, going 8-7 and his ERA rose to 3.95.


  1. That Walton shot is pretty intense, like he's getting ready to club an intruder. Fun to watch him and Dwight Smith in '89.