Sunday, May 8, 2016

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,218 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: 1979 Galasso Glossy Greats #59 Charlie Root  You can read more about this set here.  Charlie Root is forever known as the guy that gave up the called shot to Babe Ruth in the 1932 World Series.  He went to his grave trying to debunk the "legend".  After looking at home movies of the event, I tend to agree with Root.

1980s: 1989 Perez Steele Celebration #42 Billy Williams  This full-sized post card is in my Billy Williams collection and is one of my favorite pieces.

1990s: 1996 Team-Issued #5 Mike Campbell One nice thing about the team issued cards is that they may be the only Cubs card of guy who had brief stays with the Cubs.  Campbell pitched in just 13 games for the 1996 team.  As far as I know, there are no other cards that show his with the Cubs.

2000s: 2001 Upper Deck #177 Jon Lieber  Lieber was the man for the 2001 Cubs, winning 20 games and losing just 6.  He was an All Star and finished 4th in Cy Young balloting.  It was a sell your soul to the devil season, though.  He messed up his elbow and pitched in just 22 games the next year and missed all of 2003.

2010s: 2016 Topps Berger's Best #64 Kris Bryant  The guy is in just his second season and already has a reprint card.  Yikes.

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