Sunday, January 18, 2015

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 13,352 Cubs cards from 104 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 

1900s - 1970s: 1976 Shakeys Pizza #36 King Kelly  Though shown in a Boston uniform, I have Kelly in the Cubs sets since arguably his best playing days were when he was with Chicago.  If you want to read more about the Shakeys Pizza cards, I wrote about them here.

1980s: 1986 Topps Stickers #60 Leon Durham  The 1986 stickers have a first for the stickers...a red border.  Previous sets had either blue or no color.  The red really pops out.

1990s: 1995 Fleer #423 Rey Sanchez  Fleer put out a pretty fancy looking base card in 1995.  Sanchez was the Cubs regular second baseman in 1995 and he hit a career high in home runs.  Good news right?  Not really, since it only took three homers to set that new high.  

2000s: 2005 Leaf #38 Aramis Ramirez This is from Leaf's final set.  The angle of this picture gives you an idea of just how high the field crown was at Wrigley Field.  Look at how little of the wall you can see behind Ramirez.  

The crown was removed after the 2007 season.

2010s: 2011 Topps Gold #628 Blake DeWitt  I went parallel crazy in 2011, get the base, diamond, cognac, Walmart black, factory limited edition, and these golds.  Having six different versions of Blake DeWitt's card is five too many!

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