Sunday, February 5, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,628 Cubs cards from 120 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1962 Topps Stamps Dick Ellsworth The 1962  stamps were among the earliest inserts given away by Topps.  Ellsworth was 9-20 in 1962 but the Cubs media guide says he led the team in strikeouts and starts.  There is no mention of 20 losses.  

1980s: 1878 Seven Eleven Chicago #16 Lee Smith  We see big Lee Arthur and lots of empty seats.

1990s: 1997 Stadium Club #118 Steve Trachsel Weird random fact...the last two players selected by the Random Number Generator wore #46.  Smith had a borderline Hall of Fame career.  Trachsel....not so much

2000s: 2001 Victory #342 Bill Mueller This type of card drives me nuts....if you list him as a Cub, them show him as a Cub.  If you show him as a Giant, list him as a Giant. No mixing and matching!  And no, Mueller did not wear #46.

2010s: 2014 Factory Team Set #12 Welington Castillo  Remember when it looked like Castillo would be the Cubs catcher for years to come?  That didn't last long!

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