Sunday, March 14, 2010

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 6,621 Cubs cards from 23 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

Posting these has gotten alot easier as I continue to scan in my Cubs collection. I'm up to 4720 cards scanned in. Today, each of the random cards selected had already been scanned.

1950's / 1960's Topps 1965 George Altman Big George was in his second go-around with the Cubs, having spent 1959 - 1962 on the north side. He was an all-star in 1961 and 1962, and the Cubs traded him while he still had some value after the '62 season to the Cardinals. He spent '63 in St. Louis and 1964 with the Mets before returning to the Cubs in a trade with the Mets in January 1965. Topps must have dug out an old photo of Altman for this card. He was now a part-time player and hit only .235 in 90 games. An early season thigh injury also limited his playing time.

1970's Kelloggs 1970 Glenn Beckert The random generator has a thing for Glenn Beckert. This is the second time in a row one of his cards has been selected. 1970 was the first year for Kelloggs 3D cards and they included five Cubs in the 75 card set. Beckert was one of the top second baseman in the league during this time. He hit .288 and made the All-Star team for the second consecutive season. He was also one on the hardest hitters to strike out, doing so only 22 time in 632 plate appearances.

1980's Donruss 1983 Dickie Noles
Noles was one of a host of Phillies that Dallas Green brought to the Cubs when he became GM in 1982. A knee injury and a stint in alcohol rehab limited Noles 1983 season. Both also limited his effectiveness, as he was 5-10 for the season with a 4.72 ERA.

1990's Bowman 1998 Kerry Wood
He looks so young on this card, but then again, he may have been only 19 when it was taken. Most of you are familiar with the Rookie of the Year season he had in 1998 including the 20 strike out game in May, 1998. He also went to the DL for the first time in 1998, missing the last month with an elbow injury. The Cubs brought his back to pitch in game 3 of the NLDS. He took the loss, though he only gave up one run in five innings.

2000's Heritage 2002 Jon Lieber
After winning 20 games for the Cubs in 2001, Lieber crashed and burned in 2002. His record slipped to 6-8 as injuries limited him to only 21 starts. He was placed on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis on August 2 and missed the rest of the season. The Cubs declined their option on him for 2003 and he became a free agent.

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