Saturday, September 5, 2020

Cards That Never Were: Kim McQuilken Topps 1975-'78

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. Other creations of mine and many others can be found in the Custom Baseball Cards Facebook group (which is not just baseball cards, despite the name).
After playing collegiately at Lehigh, quarterback Kim McQuilken was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 3rd round of the 1974 NFL draft. Over the next four seasons, he started seven games, throwing for four touchdowns, but also 28 interceptions. He finished his career playing three games for Washington Redskins in 1978, completing one out of four pass attempts with one interception.
Topps did not deem his card-worthy in any of his seasons, which is understandable, considering his playing time. Also, the Falcons shuffled a lot of QBs during his time, including Pat Sullivan, Bob Lee, Bob Berry, June Jones and Scott Hunter. That never prevents me from filling the gaps.
I was able to find enough good pictures to create cards for McQuilken from 1975-'78. Unfortunately, I could not find any decent picture of him during is time with the Redskins, which makes his '79 card a white whale.

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