Sunday, February 19, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,631 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: 1969 Milton Bradley Ernie Banks The picture that MB used is Ernie's official team photo.  It dates back to at least 1964 and was used by the Cubs in their roster book through the 1971 season.

1980s: 1984 Topps #787 Bill Campbell Soup didn't pitch for the Cubs in 1984.  He was traded to the Phillies late in spring training in the deal that brought Gary Matthews and Bob Dernier to the Cubs.  It was a steal for the Cubs.

1990s: 1998 Topps Chrome #437 Rod Beck The 1998 season was Beck's first with the Cubs.  He led the league in appearances and games finished and recorded 51 saves.

2000s: 2003 Upper Deck #535 Sammy Sosa  Sammy is part of a victory celebration at Wrigley in 2002.  They won just 36 home games that season.

2010s: 2014 Topps Stickers #216 Starlin Castro  I've liked the recent designs used on the sticker sets more than the base card sets of recent years.  The stickers seem to have a simpler, baseball-card type design.  There's nothing flashy, no cloudy smoke in the corners.

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