Monday, June 29, 2009

Five Random Cubs Cards

I have 5,348 Cubs cards from 14 different brands. A random number generator picked five of them. Here they are in the order selected.

2009 Upper Deck 2009 #64 Kerry Wood This is Kerry's last Upper Deck card as a member of the Cubs. When he returned to Wrigley in mid-June as an Indian, Wood was kind enough to blow two saves and let his ex-teammates win both games. Still a Cub at heart!

Topps 1967 #552 Ted Savage
The Cubs bought Savage from the Cardinals early in the 1967 season and Topps had this card of him ready in their later series. It looks like he is wearing a Pirates uniform, whom he played for in 1963. The Cubs gave him the chance to be their regular right fielder, but he hit only.218 in 96 games. He was sent to the Dodgers in April of 1968 in a lopsided trade for the Cubs that brought Phil Regan and Jim Hickman in return.

Fleer 1993 #9 Candy Maldonado
Candy was one of the Cubs big free agent signings in the winter of 1992. But this was another example of the Cubs getting a guy just past his prime (see also Jacque Jones, Milton Bradley). He was a bust as he hit .186 with only 3 home runs and was sent to the Indians in August of 1993.

Stadium Club 1993 #228 Rick Wilkins
Here is a nice shot of a collison at the plate. I love the way the mask is flying through the air. At least we can actually see the face of a catcher. Usually they are wearing their mask in action shots. 1993 was WIlkins' career year. He blasted 30 home runs and hit .303. We thought we were set behind the plate for years to come. But in 1994 he had only 7 homers and his average fell to .227. By 1995 he was traded away and spent the rest of his career bouncing around between six different teams.

Leaf 1992 #509 Ken Patterson
This lefty came to the Cubs along with Sammy Sosa from the White Sox in exchange for George Bell. He was 2-3 with the Cubs in 1992, his only season on the north side. After the season, he was granted free agency and signed with the Angels.


  1. The Stadium Club design makes it look as if the Astro knocked the ball from Wilkins' glove. But it appears he has it securely tucked in his mitt.

  2. Candy Maldonado is a fantastic name for a baseball player.