Sunday, February 26, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,684 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: 1978 Grand Slam #30 Larry French The 1978 Grand Slam set was a one and done set put out by collector Jack Wallin.  It is made of of players from the '30 and '40s. French was a starting pitcher on the Cubs pennant winning teams of 1935 and 1938.

1980s: 1987 Purina Collectors Edition #15 Ryne Sandberg This is one of  many logoless cards from the late '80s.  The players seemed to be more than willing to let companies make cards.  I wonder how much more the companies would have had to pay MLB for the logo rights?

1990s: 1991 Vineline Dave Smith The Cubs issued these cards in nine-card panels.  I've never cut the panels into smaller cards, so this is just a digital version of Smith's individual card.  Smith pitched in 31 games for the 1991 Cubs and was bad.  His record was 0-6 and his ERA was 6.00.  Those are not numbers you'd like to see from a closer.

2000s: 2006 Rookie of the Week #24 Ryne Sandberg The best thing Topps did with this card is to list Ryno as a third baseman, since that is the position he played as a rookie.

2010s: 2013 Topps #209 David DeJesus  This card is one of 17 Cubs players in the 2013 base set.  Only one of those players is still with the team, Anthony Rizzo.  

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