Sunday, November 3, 2019

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 17,306 Cubs cards from 203 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1978 TCMA The '60s #243 Jim Brewer  Any card that shows the bear-cub logo on the shoulder gets a thumbs-up from me!

1980s: 1984 Team-Issued #44 Dick Ruthven  He was the Cubs opening day starter in 1984 and won his first two starts.  By the end of the season, he was the #5 starter and didn't pitch in the NLCS.

1990s: 1993 Team-Issued #28 Randy Myers Two in a row from the team-issued sets.  The 1993 season was Myers first with the Cubs and he got off to a great start, leading the majors with 53 saves.

2000s: 2003 Heritage #409 Moises Alou  Design comment - why did Topps add the big red circle around the blue circle?  It makes the logo look like a target.

2010s: 2016 Gypsy Queen #30 Jake Arrieta  I always thought it was cool the way Arrieta pulled the ball out of his glove.  I also wondered if it tipped off  hitters as to what was coming.  Apparently not in 2015 or 2016!

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