Sunday, September 17, 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: 1971 Topps #280 Fergie Jenkins  Always finding something new... I never noticed that Fergie is wearing a second shirt under his uniform.  The long-sleeved blue shirt is obvious.  But the second, short-sleeved rubber shirt escaped me.

1980s: 1989 Score #604 Gary Varsho  Did he check his swing or did he go around?  Varsho led the Cubs with 36 pinch hit appearances but had just five hits. That comes to an average of .139. I wonder why Zim kept sending him up there?

1990s: 1992 Score #98 Dave Smith  The 1992 season was Smith's final in the majors and it was a short one.  He pitched in just 11 games, the last one being June 8.  Injuries ended the season for him, and his career/

2000s: 2007 USA Baseball #8 Darwin Barney  He was a member of Team USA in 2006, a team that won the World University Baseball Championship.  One of his teammates was a pitcher from TCU named...

...Jake Arrieta.

2010s: 2017 Topps #270 Jake Arrieta League Leader  I swear that I did not fix this... the RNG really did select this card!  It does give us a chance to see how the form of college Jake is different from what he uses today.

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