Sunday, August 31, 2014

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 12,690 Cubs cards from 95 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1978 TCMS The 60's #18 Ernie Broglio  The folks at TCMA are not being very nice, mocking us with this card.  Even worse, they included this card... the set, too.  Talk about rubbing salt into a wound!

1980s: 1982 Donruss #309 Jerry Morales  Looks like Morales likes a little dip based on the outline on his hip.    Jerry was in his second go-around with the Cubs.  This time he was no longer a starter.  Instead his role was that of pinch hitter and back up outfielder.  He played in just 65 games for the '82 Cubs and hit .284.

1990s: 1996 Fleer #312 Jim Bullinger  After spending all of 1995 as a starter, Bullinger fell apart in 1996.  He was 5-9 as a starter with an ERA of 7.40. That type of performance gets you sent to the bullpen and he made an additional 17 appearances from the pen.  He became a free agent after the season and the Cubs let him go.

2000s: 2009 SP Legendary Cuts #95 Derrek Lee These tinted cards look very strange.  Lee looks like hes on the Reds, not the Cubs.  The 2009 season was the last good year for Derrek Lee.  He had a career high 111 RBIs and led the Cubs in batting (.306) and home runs. (35).  

2010s: 2012 Topps #494 Darwin Barney Orange  This parallel comes from the factory complete set and is /190.  The card is from Barney's gold glove season of 2012.  How quickly things change.

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