Sunday, May 11, 2014

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 12,342 Cubs cards from 88 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1960 Fleer #43 Paul Derringer This card is one of those "should I or shouldn't I" cards.  The 1960 Fleer set doesn't list teams, so when I put my set together I used the checklist from Teamsets4U.  The hat does have a C on it, but it looks more like he's wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform.  Derringer spent time with both teams, but far more time was spent with the Reds.  Should I keep it with the rest of my Cubs or not. For now, as long as I have the card, I'm keeping it.

1980s: 1988 Team Issued #17 Mark Grace The Cubs gave this set of cards away at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, August 24.  They beat the Astros that day 3-2 and Grace went 1-4.  The 1988 season was Grace's rookie year, so this card would have been one of, if not the, first card of Grace as a major leaguer.

1990s: 1995 Starting Lineup Sammy Sosa The card shows Sammy taking a swing in 1994.  He still looks like the skinny pre-juice Sammy.

2000s: 2003 Topps Traded #39 Paul Bako  The Cubs picked up Bako in an off-season trade with the Brewers prior to the 2003 season.  He spent the year as a back-up to Damian Miller and played in 70 games.  He was the typical good-glove no-hit backup catcher.

2010s: 2011 Topps Limited Edition #481 Randy Wells This card comes from the Limited Edition Factory Set, which was only available via the Diamond Giveaway gimmick Topps had going in 2011.  The card has a special logo in the upper left corner and some special writing above the name.  An arm injury cost Wells two months of the season.  He went 7-6 with a 4.99 ERA.

1 comment:

  1. I really liked Randy Wells. Looks like he was eyeing a comeback earlier this year. Can't see where he hooked on anywhere.