Saturday, April 29, 2023

Cards That Never Were: Mike Reinbach Topps 1975

Cards That Never Were is a recurring series in which I create virtual trading cards for players missed in various sets over the years. It is a concept I have borrowed from far too many to list, but I appreciate all of their efforts.
Today is an exception to my rule of creating cards. Today's CTNW comes from the creative mind of Gio of When Topps Had (Base)Balls. Gio's site is filled with hundreds of his beautiful creations.
When I saw a picture of former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mike Reinbach, I set out to make a 1975 card for his '74 season (his only season). I then quickly saw Gio's card and figured there was no point in me trying to create one when Gio's was perfect as is.
The Orioles selected Reinbach in the first round (17th overall) of the 1970 MLB Draft. Reinbach made it to the MLB roster for 12 games in 1974. He went 5-20 with two runs scored and two RBI. While that was it for his MLB career, he went to Japan for five seasons, hitting a solid .296.
Gio made the '75 card, which serves as Reinbach's rookie and career capper all in one. It's a great looking card and Gio has many more awesome cards on his site.

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