Sunday, March 16, 2014

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 12,160 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: 1979 Topps #592 Mike Krukow The picture on the card is from spring training in 1978.  That was the last season the Cubs trained in Scottsdale.  They moved to Mesa in 1979 and have stayed there ever since.  The highlight of his 1979 season was on June 27.  He pitched the Cubs to an 11-4 win over the Phillies, but even better, smashed his first career homer, a blast the landed on Waveland Avenue.

1980s: 1983 Topps #356 Gary Woods  Looks like we've got a picture of the Cubs against the Giants at HoHoKam Park in Mesa.  Woods played in 93 games for the '83 Cubs and played at all three outfield positions.  Though he hit only .242 for the season, he was much  better with runners in scoring position - .310 with 19 RBIs.

1990s: 1997 Bowman #52 Sammy Sosa  What a happy looking guy that Sammy Sosa is.  In 1997 Sammy was a league leader...he topped the National League in.........strikeouts with 174, which was also a team record.  Yea Sammy!

2000s: 2007 Upper Deck #611 Derrek Lee  Check out Lee's dirty uniform as he dives back into the bag at first.  After missing most of 2006 with a broken wrist, Lee had a nice comeback season in 2007.  He hit .317 and drove in 82 runs.  His power was done as he hit only 22 homers...probably due to the broken wrist in '06.  Lee also made the All Star team and won his third Gold Glove.

2010s: 2011 Topps Next 60 Autograph #SC Starlin Castro  This is one of my more valuable modern cards. I got mine within a week of when it was released, so I didn't pay a ton.  Eventually the word got out on the scarcity of these and the prices jumped.  But as Castro's performance numbers have dropped, so have the prices on this card.  The last won that sold on Ebay had only one bidder and went for $14.99.

1 comment:

  1. Gary Woods, for some reason, lit up Steve Carlton. He always seemed to go 3-4 or 2-3 against Lefty.