Sunday, August 20, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,069 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: 1909 T206 Jack Pfeister Seated Pfeister has two variations in this iconic set, this seated card and another that shows him throwing.  Pfeister was knows as "The Giant Killer," as he posted a 15-5 record (including seven shutouts) against the Cubs biggest rival/

1980s: 1985 Donruss #555 Garry Woods The '85 Donruss set was split about 50/50 between cards with action shots and those with tight portraits.  The 1985 season was Woods last in the majors.  He was used mainly as a pinch hitter, with 97 plate appearances in 81 games.

1990s: 1994 Stadium Club #403 Mark Grace  Looks like Grace and Jose Bautista are celebrating a Cubs home win.  There were three times during the 1993 season when Bautista finished a Cubs home win.  All three games were day games and Mark Grace played in all three.  Without anything else in the picture to help, I can't say if this is from August 1, August 18, or September 5.

2000s: 2003 Bowman #309 Jemel Spearman  The Cubs drafted Spearman in the 16th round of the 2002 draft.  But he hit .311 in rookie ball, so Topps considered him Bowman-worthy.  He never rose higher than AA ball in the Cubs system and was released after the 2007 season.  He played a couple more seasons in the Nationals' chain, but never made it to the major leagues.

2010s: 2017 Heritage 1968 Disc #2 Anthony Rizzo This is not a very flattering picture of Rizzo, with his squinty eyes and odd grin.

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