Sunday, May 26, 2024

Five Random Cubs Cards

 I've got 21,803 Cubs cards from 317 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1977 TCMA All Time Cubs Ernie Banks That is not a very flattering picture of Mr. Cub.  The card design isn't very good either and that leaves us with a pretty ugly card of Mr. Cub.

1980s: 1980 Laughlin 300/400/500 #27 Ernie Banks  The RNG says "Let's Pick Two".  Not only that, but the head shot is the same in both cards.  The card comes from a set by the cartoonist Robert Laughlin and all the players either won 300 games, hit .400, or have 500+ career homers.

1990s: 1994 Pacific #99 Jose Guzman The 1994 season was the last of his career.  Shoulder issues limited him to just four games where he posted an ERA of 9.15.  He was put on the DL on May 31, transferred to the 60 day DL on July 17 and never made it back.  

2000s: 2008 Baseball Heroes Blue #150 Rich Hill He made his debut as a 25-year-old rookie for the Cubs in 2005.  Who would have known then that he would still be in the big leagues at age 43?

2010s: 2013 Archives Printing Plate Blue #71 Darwin Barney I have two of the four printing plates of Barney's 2013 Archives card.

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