Sunday, September 10, 2017

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,071 Cubs cards from 122 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1964 Topps Standup Billy Williams This is one of the most valuable pieces in my Billy Williams collection.  Mine is not is the best shape, and the upper yellow piece is missing.  Upgrading would be nice, but not any time soon.

1980s: 1989 Baseball Talk #17 Ernie Banks  The RNG comes up with two in a row from the player collections! This card has a record on the back that you'd listen to with a special audio player.  Take a listen as Mel Allen describes the career of Mr. Cub.

1990s: 1997 Fleer Traded #568 Ramon Tatis  The player collection streak is over - I have no player collection of Ramon Tatis.  I wonder if anyone other that Ramon Tatis has a Ramon Tatis collection??  I didn't realize he got so much action during the 1997 seasons -- 56 relief appearances.  This was despite an ERA of 5.34.  He was taken by the Devil Rays in the expansion draft after the season as the Cubs, wisely, left him unprotected.

2000s: 2006 Greats of the Game #SA Ryne Sandberg This set is my favorite Fleer set and the 2006 edition is my favorite year of the set.  Win Win!  I wrote about the set back in 2011.

2010s: 2014 Topps Power Players #146 Kyuji Fujikawa  No, Topps, Fujikawa was not a power player!  He pitched in 13 innings over 15 games in 2014 and had an ERA of 4.85.  His only power was the power to give up runs.  And for that the Cubs had the honor of paying him $9.5 million over two years.