Sunday, December 27, 2009

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 6,047 Cubs cards from 22 different brands, all stored here

They are also cataloged in an Excel spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five of them. Here they are in the order selected.

Upper Deck 2000 #347 Damon Buford The Cubs picked him up from the Red Sox in a December, 1999 trade and Damon was the Cubs regular centerfielder in 2000. He played in a career high 150 games and hit a career-best 15 home runs. The Cubs were so impressed that by May of 2001 Buford was released and never played in the majors again.

Bowman 2004 #162 Felix Pie
Only 19 at the time, the hype on Pie was already starting. Felix spent all of 2004 in A ball. Eventually, he would go on to become Corey Patterson II.

Stadium Club 1998 #244 Kevin Tapani
This season would be the career year for Kevin Tapani. He wound up 19-9, as the Cubs earned a wild-card berth. His performance was overshadowed by rookie Kerry Wood, but Tapani was the stopper in the rotation. He started game 2 of the NLDS and went nine strong innings, giving up only one run. Unfortunately, the Cubs only scored one run off of Tom Glavine and the Cubs fell to the Braves in the tenth inning.

Flair 1997 #34 Sammy Sosa
Here is a couple nice shots of black Sammy. Sammy played in all 162 of the Cubs games in 1997 and smacked 36 HRs and drove in 119 runs. He also led the league with 174 strikeouts, the first of three straight seasons he would lead the league in K's.

Topps 2003 #T196 Andy Sisco
Sisco never played a game for the Cubs. He was drafted by the Royals in the 2004 rule 5 draft and spent time with them and the White Sox and was out of baseball by age 25.

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