Saturday, October 21, 2023

Cards That Never Were: Calvin Hill Topps 1975 & '82

Cards That Never Were is a weekly series in which I create virtual trading cards for players missed in various sets. It is a concept I borrowed from far too many to list, but I appreciate all of their efforts.

After a stellar career at Yale University, Calvin Hill was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round (24th overall) of the 1969 NFL draft. The running back played six seasons with the Cowboys, before signing with Hawaii of the the upstart World Football League. After one season, he was back in the NFL with the Washington Redskins. After two seasons, he played his final four seasons with the Cleveland Browns. For his career, Hill played 156 games, rushing for 6,083 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per attempt, with 42 touchdowns. He also had 2,862 receiving yards with 23 touchdowns.

For his efforts, Topps gave Hill cards in sets from 1970-'74 and '76-'81. Despite Hill playing in the WFL in 1975, Topps gave him a 1976 card with his new team. They did not give him a card in the '75 set though. I had to correct that miss, as well as give him a "career capper" for the '82 set.

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