Sunday, May 15, 2022

Five Random Cubs Cards

 I've got 20,571 Cubs cards from 304 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1969 Topps #483 Ted Abernathy  He was the first submarine-style pitcher I was aware of.  I really liked to try and throw like him.

1980s: 1989 Score #407 Rick Sutcliffe This is a nice action shot on a card with a pretty plain looking design.

1990s: 1994 Fleer Ultra #460 Brooks Kieschnick There are a lot of people in the background.

2000s: 2004 Fleer #401 Paul Bako The name font from this set looks very similar to the font used on the 1970 Topps set.  Was that one of the traditions that Fleer was trying to emulate?

2010s: 2014 Factory Team Set #CHC13 Edwin Jackson He made $11 million in 2014 and won six games while losing 14.  Paying a pitcher $2 million per win is overpaying!

1 comment:

  1. For as good as Abernathy was, he was certainly traded for a lot of riff-raff later in his career.

    For example, in '67 he led the NL in saves and games, and had a 1,27 ERA. The next year, he led the NL in games, posted 10 wins, and had a 2.46 ERA. But look who he was traded for after that season!

    Also in 1970.