Sunday, February 28, 2016

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,040 Cubs cards from 107 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1961 Topps #35 Ron Santo  The RNG gives me the Hall of Famer's Rookie Card just a few days after what would have been his 76th birthday.

1980s: 1985 Fleer #58 Leon Durham  Looks like Fleer grabbed a shot of the Bull in Mesa, 1984.  

1990s: 1993 Fleer Ultra #24 Sammy Sosa  Sammy at Wrigley, the skinny pre-juice Sammy.  In 1993 he became the first Cub to join the 30 HR/ 30 SB club.

2000s: 2001 Bowman #321 Ben Christensen  Who??  He was the Cubs #1 draft choice in the 1999 draft but never rose above AA ball.  He is more infamously known for an incident while he was in college...beaning an opposing player while the player was in the on-deck circle.  The player lost sight in one eye while Christensen was suspended for the rest of the season.  Yet the Cubs made him their #1 draft choice.  Odd times.

2010s: 2015 Allen & Ginter #133 Addison Russell Topps was on the ball, getting Russell into the 2015 A&G set.


  1. Congrats on surpassing the 14,000 Cubs card plateau. I'm assuming this year's flagship and inserts put you over the top?

    With Theo and Jed in the front office a guy like Ben Christensen never would get a second look by the scouting department. Thank goodness!

    1. Thanks, flagship did it with the 25 card Wrigley insert being a big help.

      It's nice the front office looks at character as much as talent. The Trib had an interesting column today on clubhouse chemistry.

  2. I learned something today regarding Ben Christensen, as in I didn't know about the beaning story. Thanks for the info grab!