Saturday, December 14, 2019

Cards That Never Were: Scott Hunter Topps 1975

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 their efforts.
Today's feature comes with a big assist from Lynn in the Custom Baseball Cards Facebook group. Lynn is one of the most active creators and certainly one of the best. He is very good about helping others and often responds with "I'll put it in the queue," followed soon after by the finished product.
Scott Hunter was on my list for a long time. Hunter was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1971 and spent three seasons trying to follow Bart Starr (an impossible task). He was traded to the Buffalo Bills prior to the 1974 season, a season which saw him get in one game. The Bills waived him prior to the 1975 season. He played with the Atlanta Falcons in 1976 and '77. The Falcons released him before the 1978 season, which was another season he did not appear on an NFL roster. He returned in 1979 with the Detroit Lions, seeing limited action. That was his last NFL season.
Topps included Hunter in their sets in 1971-'73, '77 and '78. He was missed in 1975 and 1979, although understandably so. Still, that doesn't work for me.
I have been trying to find pictures of Hunter with the Bills and the Lions to correct this omission. To my happy surprise, a few months ago, without my plea, Lynn produced a 1974 Hunter card with the Bills. Lynn creates his cards differently from me. I would put Hunter on a 1975 Topps card, because he played for the Bills in 1974. Lynn usually uses the year played for his card design. Neither is wrong. It's just a matter of preference.
The good news for me is I was able to use Lynn's picture to create my long-sought 1975 Topps card/ I have pictured both below. Now, if only I can find a picture of Hunter with the Lions.

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