Sunday, May 1, 2016

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,194 Cubs cards from 108 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1976 Topps #101 Pete LaCock  Alright, get your mind out of the gutter. Forget about his last name.  That wasn't what made him famous.  It wasn't his unspectacular year with the 1976 Cubs either (.221 average over 106 games, 8 HRs, and 28 RBIs).  It was his dad, Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall.... I'll take Paul Lynde for the block, Peter.

1980s: 1982 Donruss #225 Jody Davis  Jody became the Cubs #1 catcher in late April and put up solid numbers for the year.... hitting .261 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs.  

1990s: 1990 Score #646 Kevin Blankenship  The Cubs picked up this guy in a trade with the Braves for the guy in the card above, Jody Davis.  He pitched in three games in late May/early June and did lousy.  The time before and after were spent in AAA.

2000s: 2008 Masterpieces #96 Ernie Banks Frames Black  This black parallel is in my Ernie Banks collection.  Masterpieces is one of my favorite modern sets and definitely my favorite Upper Deck product.

2010s: 2012 Topps Mini #348 Alfonso Soriano  The 2012 season was his last full year with the Cubs.  He put up pretty decent numbers, with 32 HRs and 108 RBIs.   The RBIs number was a career-high.  And he cost the Cubs a mere $18 million.  What a deal!

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