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 to many others to list, but I appreciate all of their work.
I usually only feature cards I have created, but I make an exception with today's card creation. It was done by David Jenkins of the Facebook group Custom Baseball Cards. David is one of the many talented folks who make hundreds of cool "missing" cards.
Drafted by the Washington Senators, Rick Stelmaszek made his major league debut in 1971. Stelmaszek, along with Dick Such and Gene Martin, appeared on a 1970 Topps Senators Rookie Stars card. He did not have a card in 1971 or 1972. He reappeared, this time with Sergio Robles and George Pena, on a 1973 Topps Rookie Catchers card. He had solo (although airbushed) cards in 1974 and 1975.
Since he already had a 1970 rookie card, a 1971 solo card would not have been out of the realm of possibilities. Besides, I really like the look of this card creation. Maybe David or someone else from the FB group will created a 1972 Topps card for Stelmaszek.