Saturday, June 20, 2009

Five Random Cubs Cards

I have 5,300 Cubs cards from 13 different brands. A random number generator picked five of them. Here they are in the order selected.

The random number generator was very cruel today, bringing up two cards from the ill-fated 2003 season. Ouch!

Topps 1969 #268 Don Kessinger A nice close-up of a smiling Don Kessinger at Shea Stadium. Later in the 1969 season there would be very little reason for the Cubs to smile. Kess hit .273 as the lead-off man and was an All Star for the second time in a five consecutive season run.

Fleer 1995 #428 Eddie Zambrano There have been two Zambranos that have played for the Cubs. This is the unknown, no good Zambrano. Eddie hit .259 in 67 games for the Cubs in 1994 and figured he must have a future with the team. He didn't and never played in the major leagues again. Sorry, Eddie.

Topps 1985 #589 Bobby Dernier One half of the "Daily Double" at the top of the order, with Ryne Sandberg as #2. Bobby had a tough time matching his 1984 stats, and saw his 1985 average drop 25 points. That is not good news for a lead-off man.

Bowman 2003 #106 Moises Alou This is the second time that a Moises Alou card from 2003 has been selected. This is what I said last time. I've got nothing to add.

Topps 2003 #635 Cubs Team More cruelty from the number generator, as I have to reflect on the failure of this team in the 2003 NLCS. Up 3 game to 1, with your top two started ready to go, and you can't finish the deal. That was my worst time as a Cubs fan since 1984, when another 2 game playoff lead was blown. Oh well, there's always next year (and next year, and next year,....).

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