Sunday, February 12, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,629 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: 1970 Fleer World Series #4 1907 Cubs  As I still bask in the glow of the Cub's third World Series title, the RNG gives us a card from their first.  The card tells the story of Tiger catcher Charlie Schmidt's drop of a third strike that allowed the Cubs to score the tying run in the ninth inning of game one.  The game would end in a 12-inning tie instead of a victory for the Tigers. 

1980s: 1985 Fun Foods #126 Larry Bowa Bowa was one of nine Cubs featured in this odd-ball button set.  You can read more about it here.

1990s: 1999 Fleer #407 Gary Gaetti The Cubs picked up the 39-year-old late in the 1999 season and his strong play helped the Cubs to the wildcard slot.  Team brass somehow figured that he'd continue to play over his 40-year-old head the next season and kept his as the full time third baseman.  Father time won, though, as he hit just .204   The Cubs released him after the season.

2000s: 2001 Stadium Club #67 Mark Grace  The 2000 season was Grace's last with the Cubs.  He put up solid, but unspectacular numbers... 11 HRs, 82 RBIs, .280 average.  With Hee Seop Choi almost ready to go, the Cubs didn't try to sign Grace after the season.

2010s: 2011 Topps Relics #SCA Starlin Castro  This card comes from the days when I collected all of the Topps Cubs cards including the relics and when Starlin Castro was in almost every insert set.  Both of those days are gone.


  1. My Fleer World Series cards are the only ones that made it through the family purge in the 1980s. I've always loved those cards!

  2. The Gracie is particularly nice. Stadium Club of course.