Sunday, December 8, 2013

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 11,944 Cubs cards from 86 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1950s / 1960s: 1959 Topps #304 Cubs Team  The 1959 Cubs were a very mediocre team, finishing with a record of 74-80, good for a fifth place finish (out of eight teams).  To show how lousy the franchise was during the '50s, the 74 wins was the most by a Cubs team since 1952.  The highlight of the season would have to be Ernie Banks' second consecutive NL MVP award.  He became the first player in league history to win the award two consecutive seasons.

1970s: 1971 Topps #455 Don Kessinger  The steady Cubs shortstop was named to the NL All Star team for the fourth consecutive season in 1971.  On June 17 he had a career day, going 6 for 6.  Never a power hitter, five of the six hits were singles, while the sixth was a double.

1980s: 1985 Topps #713 Ryne Sandberg All Star  Ryno was named to the Topps All Star team based on his MVP season in 1984.  Topps also included Rick Sutcliffe on their All Star team, though he didn't make the actual NL All Star team.

1990s: 1994 Fleer Ultra #463 Karl Rhodes  Tuffy started the 1994 season with a bang, blasting three homers on Opening Day on his first three at bats, all against Doc Gooden.  He hit .313 during the first month of the season and .201 for the rest of the year.

2000s: 2013 Allen & Ginter Mini #307 Darwin Barney This comes from the Barney player collection and is the regular back card.

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