Sunday, March 2, 2014

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 12,141 Cubs cards from 87 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1960 Topps #39 Earl Averill This is a great shot of Averill and Wrigley Field.  This card is a great example of what the Heritage cards are missing....the ballpark in the background.  The modern posed shots are taken at spring training and are too tight.  You don't get to see much of anything in the background.  


1980s: 1988 Team Issued Jamie Moyer The Cubs gave these cards away at Wrigley on August 24.  A crowd of 35,065 got the cards and saw a great game.  Nolan Ryan and Greg Maddux locked up in a duel.  Ryan went six innings and gave up two unearned runs while Maddux lasted seven and two-thirds innings and gave up two runs.  Cubs reliever Jeff Pico blew the save by letting in the tying run in the eighth, but the Cubs won the game in the bottom of the ninth as Vance Law drove in Rafael Palmeiro, who had doubled to start the ninth.

1990s: 1999 Topps Chrome #188 Mark Clark  The righty Clark was 9-14 in 33 starts for the 1998 Cubs.  He was granted free agency and the Cubs didn't bother to try to resign him.  Instead, he was signed by the Rangers to a 2 year, $9 million dollar deal.  He was a bust in Texas, going 6-12 with a 8.37 ERA over those two years.

2000s: 2002 Topps Total #960 Hee Seop Choi  Speaking of busts, here's a big one.  The Cubs let Mark Grace go because Choi was going to be the next big star.  The best thing Choi ever did for the Cubs was bring Derrek Lee to the team in a trade with the Marlins.

2010s: 2013 Gypsy Queen #8 Andre Dawson  This Gypsy Queen card from last year gives a great look at Dawson's imposing batting stance. 

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