Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cards That Never Were: Bill Bennett Topps 1979-80 & 1980-81

Cards That Never Were is a recurring series in which I create virtual cards for players missing from the real sets of those years.  It is a concept I have borrowed from far too many to list, but I thank all of them.
I have always been fascinated by sports relations.  One of the biggest hockey families is the Bennett family.
Harvey Bennett Sr. played 25 games in goal for the Boston Bruins.  Five of his sons played pro hockey.  John played in the WHA.  Jimmy played in the International Hockey League after being drafted by the Atlanta Flames.  Harvey Jr. and Curt had lengthy careers in the NHL.  Bill played two seasons with the Bruins and the Hartford Whalers.
Bill played 31 games and scored 4 goals.  He did not appear on any major brand hockey cards.  Hockey sets usually had about 10 players from each team.  Obviously, Bill's stints in the NHL did not merit a card, but that doesn't stop me from wanting and creating one (or two).
I like the Bruins card a bit better, as it looks like an actual card.  The Whalers card depicts a posed photo from a Whalers team issued postcard.  It looks okay and serves the purpose though, especially since pictures of him in the NHL are hard to find.

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