Sunday, December 4, 2022

Five Random Cubs Cards

 I've got 20,848 Cubs cards from 305 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1973 O-Pee-Chee #285 Don Kessinger  He's choking up, even in his posed shot.  Do players choke up any more?  Seems like they are more free-swinging (and more often than not, missing).  I wonder if they will play to contact more now that the shift has been banned.

1980s: 1989 Bowman #281 Rick Sutcliffe  It looks like a nice sunny day, but there appear to be a bunch of empty seats.

1990s: 1993 Stadium Club #21 Frank Castillo  I've always preferred the look of the Cubs numbers on the back as we see in this picture.  They are a plain blue, instead of the blue with red outlining we see on today's uniform.  Also, no names on the back is my preference too.

2000s: 2006 Greats of the Game Pewter #41 Gary Matthews  Sarge doesn't show up as a Cub very often, so it was nice to see him in this set.  

2010s: 2018 Factory Team Set #CC11 Tommy LaStella He had a career high in games played in 2018, 123 games.  Theo wasn't impressed though, and traded him to the Angels after the season in exchange for a player to be named later.

1 comment:

  1. Reigning NL batting champ Jeff McNeil chokes up somewhat. He even uses a bat without a knob to keep himself from having his hands too low. But I know that precisely because it's so unusual these days.