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 his college ball at Utah, Marv Bateman was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 3rd round of the 1972 NFL draft. After 2+ seasons with the Cowboys, Bateman joined the Buffalo Bills, where he would play through the 1977 season. In his career, Bateman punted 401 times, for a 40.9 yards average with seven blocks.
For his efforts, Topps gave Bateman cards from 1973-1978. I found a cool picture of Bateman in action and was able to create a 1973 horizontal rookie card for Bateman.