Sunday, January 29, 2023

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 20,920 Cubs cards from 316 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1975 Topps #494 Pete LaCock I love the blue sky in the background and how it so nicely compliments the blue on the uniform.  The pink and yellow border, though... ick!

1980s: 1981 Topps #381 Cubs Future Stars  Lezcano and Martz both had some decent time in the big leagues, while Macko's life was cut short by cancer.  Macko's picture seems haunting to me... it's like he's looking into the future with a smile, anticipating a life as a Cub, sadly, a life he never got to have.

1990s: 1992 Team Issued Dave Smith  Friday, July 10 was baseball card day at Wrigley Field in 1992.  Everyone at the park got this set.  The attendance was 35,067 so we know about how many of these sets should have been in circulation.  The Cubs lost to the Braves 4-0 as John Smoltz outpitched Greg Maddux.  Smith didn't play.

2000s: 2005 Diamond Kings #284 Andre Dawson  Dawson always looks so cool on a card.

2010s: 2019 Big League #254 Yu Darvish This set is a confusing mixture of the 1962 and 1987 wood grain sets along with elements from a ticket to the game.

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