The nickname “Lovable Losers” no longer fits the Cubs, not after the talent revolution brought on by Theo Epstein and the 2016 World Series win that finally, mercifully, brought an end to the 108-year World Series drought.
Though they were known for much of their history as a losing team, the Cubs often had superstars on their roster. They have also remained one of the most popular teams in the country. This popularity led to many of their players becoming highly sought-after in the card collecting community.
Whether that’s the great Ernie Banks, who despite never making the World Series was a two-time MVP and one of the most beloved and popular players in baseball history, or Andre Dawson, known as “The Hawk,” who was the first MVP to play on a last place team, the Cubs’ history is dotted with greatness despite the team often underperforming.
The current Cubs team features many players who will go down in history as all-time greats due to their role on the team who broke the “Curse of the Billy Goat.” Players like Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Jon Lester may well be in this lineup if we redo it in 20 years, but for now their careers don’t have the longevity to compete with greats like Ron Santo, Mark Grace or Fergie Jenkins.
You can find all of these cards on the Beckett Marketplace: Fergie Jenkins, Willson Contreras, Mark Grace, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Hack Wilson, Sammy Sosa, Andre Dawson and Bruce Sutter.