Sunday, January 16, 2022

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 19,735 Cubs cards from 298 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1966 Topps #290 Ron Santo This is a nice looking card of the Cubs' captain at Shea Stadium.

1980s: 1994 Ajax Mel Hall  This is about as bad of a card as you can get... the Ajax Dog Food company never existed, the cards were fakes and Mel Hall is serving a 45 year jail sentence for sexual assault of a child.

1990s: 1999 Victory #81 Kevin Tapani  In 1998, Tapani was a career-best 19-9.  He started a massive decline in 1999, going 6-12.  His record over following two seasons was 17-26 and then he was done.

2000s: 2006 Upper Deck American Family #5 Mark Prior This card is from a set that I know very little about, other than that is a regular-looking Upper Deck card with an American Family Insurance logo. There is no mention of a Wrigley Field giveaway in 2006 by American Family on the schedule. There's very little mention of Mark Prior in 2006. His arm was shot, he went 1-6 with an ERA of 7.21, his brief career was over.

2010s: 2019 Iconic Card Reprint #32 Kris Bryant  This is ridiculous.  How does a four year old card qualify as iconic??

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