Sunday, April 22, 2018

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,753 Cubs cards from 136 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1969 Topps Stamps Bill Hands  The RNG pulled a card from the same set and year two weeks in a row.  I wonder what the odds of that are?  Hand had the best year of his career in 1969, with the most wins (20), lowest ERA (2.19) and most Ks (181).

1980s: 1980 TCMA Baseball Immortals #40 Frank Chance  Chance is a member of a very small club - Cubs managers with a World Series title.  It's just Frank and Joe Maddon.

1990s: 1999 Topps #23 Mickey Morandini  Ryne Sandberg wore #23.  Topps gave card #23 to the guy who replaced Ryno after he retired the second time.  Coincidence or just a sick joke??

2000s: 2009 Bowman #131 Carlos Zambrano Zambrano was paid $18 million in 2009 and won just nine games.  Paying $2 million per win is overpaying.

2010s: 2013 Topps Chrome Autographs #130 Kyuji Fujikawa  Kyuji needs to practice his penmanship.

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