Sunday, February 25, 2024

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 21,632 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: 1968 Topps #13 Chuck Hartenstein The sophomore slump hit Hartentstein in 1968 as he went from a 1967 rookie record of 9-8 to 2-4 in 1968. His ERA jumped from 3.08 to 4.54.  The Cubs traded him to the Pirates over the winter.

1980s: 1989 O-Pee-Chee #276 Mark Grace  Did O-Pee-Chee ever make the rookie cup bilingual?

1990s: 1994 Fleer #392 Randy Myers Is that a curveball or a two-seam fastball?

2000s: 2003 Topps Total #466 Dave Veres The 2003 season was Veres' last in the majors, capping a ten year career.  

2010s: 2018 Heritage Deckle Edge #18 Kris Bryant The Heritage version of the deckel cards seemed more faded than the originals.


  1. Grace's rookie cup isn't bilingual but "Topps" is erased off of it and it looks strange.

  2. That is Hartenstein's rookie card in '68. He had a nice rookie season in '67 (as the Cubs' closer, IIRC), but Topps did not include him (or Bill Stoneman) in the '67 set, even with 7 players featured on Cubs Rookie Stars cards.