Sunday, September 18, 2016

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,423 Cubs cards from 109 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1961 Topps Stamps Ernie Banks  Mr. Cub was one of the game's superstars when this stamp was issued, coming off of consecutive MVP seasons.

1980s: 1982 Topps #51 Cubs Future Stars  Howell was the only one of the three that had a real major league career, though little of it was with the Cubs.  Lezcano and Waller combined for 112 MLB games.

1990s: 1990 Star Gold #48 Ryne Sandberg  Most cards from Star had a vertical alignment. They obviously didn't know how to deal with horizontal cards.  This is just bizarre looking.

Why not just make the card like this...looks perfectly fine.

2000s: 2008 Allen and Ginter #226 Rich Hill  Hard to believe that he was able to reinvent himself after all the control problems he had with the Cubs.  In 2008 he had 18 walks with the Cubs in 19 innings and then they gave up on him.

2010s: 2013 Bowman Chrome Prospects #4 Gioskar Amaya  Doesn't look like he will pan out.  Its three years after the card came out and he split the season between high A and AA.  He hit a combined .215 between them.  That's not a number that earns quick promotions through the system.

1 comment:

  1. You're right about Amaya. He's been working on converting to a catcher, which I'm sure is partly responsible for his stunted offensive numbers. With that said, I don't think he'll end up as anything more than minor league filler at this point.