Sunday, April 29, 2018

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,783 Cubs cards from 133 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1947 Tip Top Bread #160 Henry Wyse  This card is a reprint from the 1947 Tip Top Bread set.  The set is one of the toughest post-WWII sets out there, hence reprints for me.  Wyse was a 22-game winner for the NL champ Cubs in 1945 and won just six games in 1947.

1980s: 1985 Topps #98 Steve Lake  Lake batted just .151 in 119 at bats as Jody Davis' backup.  Maybe he would have hit better if he'd take the donut off the bat!

1990s: 1994 Upper Deck #122 Jose Vizcaino  Can anyone identify which Braves butt is prominently featured on this card?

2000s: 2001 Fleer Ultra #54 Jon Lieber  The 2001 season was the best of his career by far.  Lieber posted a record of 20-6 and made his only appearance on the All Star team.  

2010s: 2015 Spring Fever #38 Jon Lester It's been two years since Topps quit their Spring Fever promotion.  Anyone know why they stopped?


  1. I'll go with a guess of Jeff Blauser for the butt question. The positioning of the defender in relation to second base and the runner has me doubting it's a second baseman. It looks more like a SS getting the throw from a 2B or 1B and coming across the bag. Blauser played 161 games at SS, Rafael Belliard appeared there 58 times and Chipper Jones three times. I could do more research and see when the Cubs visited Fulton Co. Stadium, but I'm about 95% sure it's Blauser.

  2. The butt is Mark Lemke. He worn Pony shoes and his stirrups that way.