Saturday, September 21, 2019

Cards That Never Were: Rudy Hernandez Topps 1973

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 too many to name, but I appreciate all of their efforts.
Rudy Hernandez debuted in the Mexican Central League in 1970. Midway through the 1972 season, the Chicago White Sox acquired Hernandez. The shortstop split the rest if that season with the Sox and their AAA affiliate. Hernandez played in 8 games with the Sox, getting 21 plate appearances. He hit .190 with one rbi. He started the '73 season in the minors with the Sox, before they sent him back to the Mexican Central League for pitchers Francisco Barrios and Manuel Lugo. Hernandez went on to play in the Mexican Central League through the '91 season.
With his limited playing time, it is understandable that Topps did not give him a card in the '73 set. Still, that doesn't stop me from wanting a card for him. Fortunately, I found a good picture of Hernandez and was able to create a '73 card for him. 

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