Saturday, January 4, 2020

Cards That Never Were: Sonny Jurgensen 1959, '60, '73, '74 & '75 Topps

Cards That Never Were is a recurring series in which I create virtual trading cards for players missed in various sets. It is a concept I have borrowed from far too many to list, but I appreciate all of their efforts. You can find a lot of custom card creations in the Custom Baseball Cards Facebook group (not just baseball despite the name).
Sonny Jurgensen was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 4th round of the 1957 NFL Draft. He played 7 seasons with the Eagles, followed by 11 with the Washington Redskins on his was to a Hall of Fame NFL career.
Topps gave him a rookie card in their 1958 set, then he was skipped in 1959 and '60. From 1961 to '72, Topps (or Philadelphia) gave Jurgensen cards in their sets. He did not get a card in sets from 1973-'75. The 1975 omission is another one of those annoying oddities, because he appeared on their "NFL Passing Leaders" card, but not on a solo card. How can that be?
Anyway, I was able to fill in all of the gaps. The cards with the Eagles were challenging, but I eventually found decent enough pictures to use.

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