Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cards That Never Were: George Theodore 1975 Topps

"Cards That Never Were" is a recurring series in which I create virtual trading cards to fill in the glaring omissions in various Topps sets.  I borrowed this concept from too many others to mention, but I thank them all.

George Theodore played mostly outfield for the New York Mets in 1973 and 1974.  "The Stork" played in 45 games in 1973 and 60 in 1974, although his plate appearances dropped from 134 to 89.  This would indicate he was used a lot as a defensive replacement.  His batting average also dropped from .259 to .158.  He also had two home runs and 16 rbi's in his two seasons.
Topps deemed Theodore card-worthy in 1974, but not in 1975.  Based on his stats, I can understand their decision, but I don't agree with it.  Of course, if it was up to me, everyone who played would get a card every year.
Anyway, I found a great picture of the lanky Theodore showing his batting stance.  I certainly see why he was called "the Stork."  I created this 1975 Theodore card and now Theodore's career is covered.

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