Saturday, October 10, 2020

Cards That Never Were: Bob Stinson Topps 1973 & '81

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 too many to list, but I appreciate all of them. Many more of my creations, as well as a lot of awesome creations from others (and not just baseball cards) can be found in the Custom Baseball Cards Facebook group.
After being selected by two other teams in previous drafts, Bob Stinson was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1st round of the 1966 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut in 1969 with the Dodgers, appearing in four games. He again appeared in four games in 1970 and then was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. After one season with the Cards, he was traded to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 1973 season, he was purchased by the Montreal Expos. He saw increased playing time with the Expos, but was again traded, this time to the Kansas City Royals before the 1975 season. Two seasons later, the Seattle Mariners selected Stinson n the 1976 expansion draft. He retired after the 1980 season, ending a 12 year MLB career.
In 652 games, he hit a solid .250, with 408 hits and 33 home runs. Mostly a catcher, Stinson saw action at every position except for shortstop and pitcher.
For his efforts, Stinson appeared on Topps cards from 1970 through 1980, except for 1973. Lynn from the Custom Cards FB group fixed the first omission by creating a 1973 card and I gave Stinson a "career capper" 1981 card.

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