Cards that never were (but should have been)

If you followed any of my fun cards posts that I made over the last week, you know that my premise was to use current players on classic card designs. For instance, Kerry Wood on a 1990 Topps design, or Ichiro on a 1989 Donruss Rookies design. But what about all those missed opportunities that card companies missed out on in the past? In 1984, Fleer exhibited some foresight by including Roger Clemens and Kirby Puckett in their year-end update set, while Topps ignored them. Neither company made an Eric Davis card in 1984, despite a May call-up and a decent campaign (10 home runs) as a part-time player. Can you think of other similar examples?

I’ve got a Clemens card I’m working on, but I’m having trouble finding 1984 images of Puckett. I haven’t even begun looking for Davis yet. If you can point me in the proper direction, I would appreciate it.

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Posted on January 16, 2008, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. For the Puckett, have you looked at the Twins Cards website?
    http://twinscards.com
    You could probably find one here, or just email the person who runs the site, he seems very knowledgeable about the Twins and their history.
    Here are a couple from 1985 which are close:
    http://twinscards.com/viewpublicationsdetail.php?pubnum=418
    http://twinscards.com/viewphotosdetail.php?photonum=1671

  2. Great find, thanks! I’ve seen the site before, but had only clicked through the baseball cards.

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