Sunday, April 1, 2018

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,595 Cubs cards from 132 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1954 Topps #243 Ray Blades  In 1954 Topps and Bowman were waging war and it was cutting into the number of players they each had available.  Hence, we end up with the card of a dour-looking coach.

1980s: 1982 Team-Issued Team Card  Two things strike me as odd with this pictures... Why didn't they line the team up parallel to the wall.... Why did they remove the bleacher seats from the picture.  The 1982 was the first under Dallas Green's regime, Building A New Tradition.  They finished in 5th instead of last like the  '81 team -- a new tradition!

1990s: 1995 Donruss #519 Mark Grace  Home whites, ivy in the backgound, sunshine, eye black.... what a nice looking card!

2000s: 2001 Ovation #90 Ross Gload  Gload hit .194 in 18 games as a rookie in 2000 and he gets a numbered prospect card. That means I had to spend 40¢ for this one instead of 18¢. He spent all of 2001 in the minors.

2010s: 2016 Allen and Ginter Full Sized Relic #FSBR-JL Jon Lester  The Ginter full sized relics are not nearly as nice as the framed minis.  At least this one has a pinstripe.


  1. That’s the 1982 Red Lobster Chicago Cubs Team Card, which is included in PSA’s Fergie Jenkins Master Set, but it’s more well-known for being one of Ryne Sandberg’s earliest cards.

  2. The bleacher seats' agent asked for too much money so they photoshopped them out.