Saturday, September 30, 2023

Cards That Never Were: Peter LaCock Topps 1973 & '74

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.
While I usually feature my creations, sometimes others beat me to them. Such is the case today with Pete LaCock. Gio from When Topps Had (Base)Balls and Lynn from the Custom Baseball Cards Facebook group created the LaCock Topps 1973 and '74 respectively.
The son of entertainer Peter Marshall, LaCock was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (20th overall) of the 1970 MLB draft. Debuting in 1972, LaCock split time between the Cubs and their minor league teams from '72-'74. After the '76 season, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals as part of a three team trade also including the New York Mets.. LaCock played with the Royals through the 1980 season, before going to Japan for one season. For his career, LaCock played in 715 games, he batted .257, collecting 444 hits, 27 HRs, 224 RBIs and 214 runs scored.
For his efforts, Topps gave him cards in sets from 1975-'81. That left '73 and '74 missing. While searching for images for me to use, I found Gio and Lynn already made beautiful cards. There was no need for me to try to do the same, but I wanted to feature the work of these creative folks.

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