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One of One: Pulling trading cards with Cubs pitchers Justin Steele and Michael Rucker

1 year agoAndy Martinez

Like many others, Cubs pitchers Justin Steele and Michael Rucker found themselves with some unexpected free time during the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020.

With baseball on hold, players went home and the usual busy months of March and April were filled with time at home and quarantining. For many, that meant the ability to finally get to some home projects that had been on hold for a while. Deep cleaning and going through some old rummage boxes became common.

Steele and Rucker were no different.

The Cubs’ hurlers went through some old packages in their childhood homes and discovered boxes filled with trading cards from their younger days.

Steele and his brother went through the collection they had amassed as kids.

“It kind of reignited the flame for us,” the All-Star pitcher said. “We got back into it.”

Rucker, too, recaptured his love for collecting trading cards — and he’s found a special group that shares that appreciation.

“I absolutely love the card-collecting community,” the righty reliever said. “They’re a great group of people.”

The two pitchers spent some time recently to open baseball cards and football cards. Steele and Rucker shared stories on players’ cards that they pulled — whether it was playing with them, against them or personal stories about knowing them.

The duo shared some of their favorite cards in their collection and what it’s like opening a pack with a teammate’s card in it.

Check out the full video on YouTube.

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