Saturday, June 1, 2024

Cards That Never Were: Gail Hopkins Topps 1969 & '75

Cards That Never Were is a recurring series in which I created 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. Custom Baseball Cards on Facebook is a group featuring hundreds of similar creations and not just baseball, despite the name.

Gail Hopkins was signed by the Chicago White Sox prior to the 1965 season. He made his MLB debut with the Sox in 1968 and spent parts of three seasons with the team before being traded to the Kansas City Royals. Hopkins played for the Royals through the 1973 season, but was released in the spring of 1974. He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers midseason, making it into 15 games before his MLB career ended. He did go on to play in Japan, though.

For his MLB career, in seven seasons, Hopkins played in 514 games, collecting 324 hits, 24 HRs, 145 RBIs and 142 runs scored, while batting .266. Hopkins was primarily a first baseman, with a few games played at catcher and DH and one game at third base.

For his efforts, Topps gave Hopkins cards in sets from 1970-'74. That left 1969 & '75 as needing cards. Lynn, from the aforementioned FB group, who created the 1969 card.and I made the 1975 card to give Hopkins a rookie card and a career capper, thus completing his card catalog.

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