Saturday, May 11, 2024

Cards That Never Were: Vic Harris Topps 1976, '77 and '81

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 others to list, but I appreciate all of their efforts.

Vic Harris was selected by the Oakland A's in the first round of the 1970 Draft. In the middle of the 1972 season, Harris was traded to the Texas Rangers and quickly made his MLB debut. After the 1973 season, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, who traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals after the 1975 season. That trade brought Mick Kelleher, one of my all-time favorites, to the Cubs. After one season, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants. He played two seasons with the Giants. When the Giants released him, he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, but spent the 1979 season in the minors, before one last season in the big leagues with the Brewers. For his career, Harris played 579 games over parts of eight seasons. He hit .217 with 13 homers, 121 RBIs and 168 runs scored. On defense, he logged time at all OF positions, 3B, 2B and shortstop.

For his efforts, Topps gave Harris cards in 1973-75, '78-'79. That left three years to create. When I set out to finish the run for Harris, I saw blogger Gio of When Topps Had (Base)Balls once again beat me to two of them. All I needed to do was make a 1981 card.

Gio is a master of custom virtual cards. His site has hundreds of his creations. Many times, I intend to create cards, only to find Gio has already done them. I don't want to abandon the project and I am happy to promote Gio's work.

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