Fun Cards: 1981 Fleer Don Werner
Johnny Bench is one of the greatest catchers of all-time. However, all great things must come to an end. The man who led the Reds in the 1970s from behind the plate was on his way out, and only caught 105 games in 1980. Other catchers were tried out, but of course none could match the kid from Oklahoma.
The Reds drafted Don Werner in the fifth round in 1971. He never got much more than a cup of coffee for the Reds, appearing in a handful of games from 1975 to 1980. His biggest year in terms of playing time was 1978, with 132 plate appearances in 50 games and over 300 innings logged wearing the tools of ignorance.
He was traded to the Rangers in December 1980 with Greg Hughes for Greg Mahlberg and Danny Walton. As far as I can determine, Werner never appeared on a Fleer baseball card with any team. Here is what a 1981 Fleer card for Don Werner might have looked like (template courtesy of TWJ reader Mick)…
While you’re clicking links, why don’t you check out Jay Bruce Custom Cards & More, run by Mick who graciously provided me with the 1981 Fleer template to make these fun cards.