Saturday, July 29, 2023

Cards That Never Were: Felipe Alou 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 borrowed from far too many to list, but I appreciate all of their efforts.

While I usually feature cards I create, sometimes others beat me to them. Such is the case today with Felipe Alou's 1975 Topps card created by Gio from When Topps Had (Base)Balls. Gio's site has hundreds (thousands?) of his brilliant creations. When I was looking for a usable picture to make a 1975 card for Alou, I found Gio's. His was better than I could do.

Alou signed with the New York Giants and made his MLB debut in 1958. At one point, Felipe shared an outfield with brothers Jesus and Matty, the only time that has happened in MLB. After six seasons with the Giants (now moved to San Francisco), Alou moved on to the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves for four seasons. He split 1971 with the Oakland A's am New York Yankees. He split 1973 with the Yankees and Montreal Expos. He finished his career with the Milwaukee Brewers for one season. Over his 17 year career, Alou batted .286 with 2,101 hits, 206 homers, 852 RBIs and 985 runs scored.

For his efforts, He received Topps cards from 1959 through '74, leaving only a career capper card missing. Thanks to Gio, he now has his proper final card.

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