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 borrowed from far too many to list, but I appreciate all of their efforts. Many other such creations (and not just baseball cards, despite the name) can be found in the Custom Baseball Card group on Facebook.
After a successful career at Texas Christian University, Norm Bulaich was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the 1st round (18th overall) of the 1970 NFL Draft. Bulaich played three seasons with the Colts, followed by two with the Philadelphia Eagles and his final five with the Miami Dolphins. For his career, Bulaich played 120 games, rushing for 3,362 yards with a 4.1 yards per carry average and 30 TDs. He also caught 224 passes with 11 TDs.
For his efforts, Topps gave a card to Bulaich in sets from 1972-'78, leaving '71, '79 and '80- missing. I set out to correct those omissions, but Lynn from the Custom Baseball Cards Facebook group had already made the last two. That left only the '71 card, which would be Bulaich's rookie card.
Thought Bulaich was going to be a star - he ran for 198 yards in week 1 of the 1971 season - but he never came close to that type of production again.
True, but still had a solid career.
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