Sunday, March 8, 2015

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 13,397 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: 1963 Topps #399 Dick Ellsworth The lefty's career peaked in 1963 as he went 22-10 with an ERA of just 2.10.  He was the first Cub lefty to win 20 games in 43 years.  The Chicago Baseball Writers named him Chicago player of the year.

1980s: 1989 Topps Stickers #51 Damon Berryhill  It was nice of the RNG to pick a sticker the same week that this year's sticker set was released.  Strangely, Topps released Heritage and the stickers on the same day.

1990s: 1998 Fleer Traded #U54 Gary Gaetti The Cubs picked up the veteran Gaetti for the stretch run and he was a decent addition to the team.  In 37 games for the Cubs he hit .320 and added 8 homers and 27 RBIs.  Not bad numbers for a 40-year-old.

2000s: 2005 Bazooka #2 Aramis Ramirez  The design on these Bazooka cards sure is with name on top, box with team on bottom, and a picture.  That probably took ten minutes to come up with.

2010s: 2013 Gypsy Queen Mini #11 Anthony Rizzo  The GQ minis have been a product staple from the start, and each year I've picked up the entire Cubs team mini set.  They make sense since the original Gypsy Queen cards were tobacco cards.

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