Saturday, April 27, 2024

Cards That Never Were: Michel Plasse Topps MidCard 1975-76

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 thousands from others can be found in the Custom Baseball Cards Facebook group (and it's not just baseball cards).

I already created missing cards for goalie Michel Plasse, but those cards didn't account for his 24 games with the Kansas City Scouts to start the 1974-75 season. Plasse had been taken by the Scouts in the Expansion Draft and was then traded midseason to the Pittsburgh Penguins. His 1975-76 card rightly showed him with the Penguins.
What about the Scouts though? Is his time with them to be forgotten?
I understand why Topps/OPC showed him with the Penguins. Still, although it didn't happen a lot, I hated when a player's stint with a team was badly timed so no card of him with that team would be produced. In more recent years, card companies have produced "Traded" or "Update" cards, but that wouldn't apply to situations like this.
Clearly, I had to do something about this. Putting Plasse on a 1974-75 card wouldn't work, because the Scouts did not exist the prior season. That left 1975-76. So as not to confuse with the regular issue Plasse card of that year,
I think these types of cards should be called midcards. Thus, a midcard would be defined as a card made for a player who was with a team for less than a full season and in between other teams. Plasse was my first midcard, but I don't think he'll be my last.

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