Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cards That Never Were: Jeff Wright 1975 & '78 Topps

Cards That Never Were is a recurring series in which I create virtual trading cards for players missed in various sets.  It is a concept I have borrowed from far too many to list, but I appreciate all of them.
Jeff Wright was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 15th round (388th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft.  He went on to have a solid NFL career, debuting in 1971 and retiring after the 1977 season.
For his efforts, Topps gave him a card in their 1976 and 1977 sets.  Those were slightly odd choices.  The Vikings had a lot of stars then and Wright's best seasons were 1972-'74.  Maybe the cards were sort of a reward for earlier seasons.
In any case, I decided to try to fill in the gaps.  As usual, pictures of players back then aren't very plentiful.  I did the  best I could keeping within the timeline.  I created cards for 1975 and 1978, the latter being a "career capper" for Wright.

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