Saturday, March 4, 2023

Cards That Never Were: Eddie Johnston Topps 1978-79

 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 have borrowed from far too many to list, but I appreciate all of their efforts. More of my creations and thousands from others can be found in the Custom Baseball Cards Facebook group, which isn't limited to just baseball, despite the title.

Goalie Eddie Johnston made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins in the 1962-63 season. He stayed with the Bruins through the 1972-73 season. After being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the offseason, he spent the 1973-74 season with the team, before joining the St. Louis Blues. He 3.5 seasons with the Blues, before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks. He finished the season with the Hawks and then retired. He went on to coach the Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

For his career, Johnston played 592 games over 16 seasons. He had a 3.25 goals against average and a .851 save percentage.

Johnston got cards in sets from 1963-64 through 1977-78. That only left a 1978-79 card, which was extra important to me, because it would have been his "career capper" card with the Hawks. Unfortunately, he only played four games with the Hawks and pictures were impossible to find. After years of searching, Jeff from the aforementioned Facebook group solved my quest by creating a cad for Johnston.

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