Sunday, May 7, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,863 Cubs cards from 121 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1976 Chicago's Greats Philip Wrigley  Great must mean not having a clue on how to run a baseball franchise.  Wrigley lucked into owning the good teams from the 1930s, but when he put his personal stamp on the club, it was not good.

1980s: 1980 Topps #323 Mick Kelleher How bad were the 1980 Cubs?  So bad that Mick Kelleher and his .146 average (yes, .146) played in 105 games. How bad was the entire organization?  So bad that Kelleher became a free agent after the 1980 season and the Cubs signed him!  Talk about making a splash with the free agent market.

1990s: 1999 Fleer #117 Mark Grace  Grace collected 183 hits in 1999, giving him a total of 1754 for the decade.  That's his big claim to fame...the most hits in the 90's.  Ironically, the # 2 man just seven hits behind, was Rafael Palmiero.

2000s: 2004 Topps #315 Matt Creighton  Topps was pretending it was Bowman in 2004 with these first year prospect cards.  Not only was this Creighton's first Topps card, it was also his last Topps card.  He peaked in 2004 with 33 games in AAA ball.  The next season he was in A ball, and the one after that it was the independent leagues.

2010s: 2015 Donruss #134 Jon Lester  What an ugly picture...photoshopped into a Cubs uniform and the logos removed.  Nasty.

1 comment:

  1. I knew that Lester was photoshopped blue but didn't even think about how the Cubs dont even have a uniform that looks like that. That's terrible. You should have put Cubs uniform in quotes, haha. And that 31 bugs me like the Veras from 2014 Topps!