Saturday, March 11, 2023

Cards That Never Were: Cesare Maniago Topps 1961-62, '65-66, '66-67 and '78-79

Cards That Never Were is a recurring series in which I create virtual cards for players missed in various sets over the years. It is a concept I have borrowed from far too many to list, but I appreciate all of them. You can find more of my creations and a lot of other great creations (and not just baseball cards) in the Custom Baseball Cards group on Facebook.
Goaltender Cesare Maniago made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1960-61 season. He made it back to the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens in the '62-63 season. His next trip to the NHL was in '66-67 with the New York Rangers. This time he was there to stay. Two seasons with the Rangers were followed by nine seasons with the Minnesota North Stars. He finished his career with two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, retiring after the '77-78 season. All told, Maniago played in 568 games with a 3.27 goals against average.
For his efforts, Maniago, Parkhurst gave him a card in the '63-64 set. Topps/OPC gave him a card in their sets from '68-69 through '77-78. That left '61-62, '65-66, '66-67 and '78-79. The first two aren't great, but there isn't much available to use.

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