Saturday, November 4, 2023

Cards That Never Were: Tody Smith Topps 1972 & '77

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. More of my creations and many great creations of others can be found in the Custom Baseball Cards Facebook group (and not just baseball cards).
The younger brother of Bubba. Tody Smith played college ball at Michigan State and USC. He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1st round of the 1971 NFL draft. After two seasons with the Cowboys, he joined the Houston Oilers in 1973. Midway through the 1975 season, he went from the Oilers to the Buffalo Bills for the last few games of his career. For his career, Tody played 69 games and had one interception and four fumbles recovered.
For his efforts, Topps gave Tody cards in their sets from 1973-1976. That left his rookie card and a "career capper" card.
Pictures were not plentiful for Tody, but i did my best with a 1972 card. For his 1977 card, I found a cool picture of Tody with Curley Culp, Dan Pastorini and Elvin Bethea, which would have worked great on a horizontal card. I try to stay true to the set and 1977 only had vertical cards, which forced me to cut out Culp. Still, the card came out okay.

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