Saturday, May 18, 2024

Cards That Never Were: Dave Cripe Topps 1979

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 borrowed from far too many to list, but I appreciate all of their efforts.

Although I usually post my creations, occasionally someone beats me to you. Not feeling the need to duplicate an effort, especially when the one I found is excellent, I showcase what I found. Today is such a case with a card already created by Jeff in the Custom Baseball Cards group on Facebook. It is a fantastic group with thousands of virtual card creations and not just baseball as the title might suggest.

Dave Cripe was signed as an amateur free agent by the Kansas City Royals prior to the 1972. After Cripe spent seven seasons in the minors, Cripe was a September call-up by the Royals in 1978. He went 2-13 with a run scored. That would be it for his MLB career, although he did play two more seasons in the minors. Although a decent hitter, Cripe hit .300 in 1978, he was stuck behind Hall of Famer George Brett at third base.

Understandably, he did not appear on any Topps cards. Thanks to Jeff, he now has his rookie and career capper all in one.

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