Fun Card Submission: 1968 Topps Johnny Bench

1968 Bench

In 1968, Johnny Bench shared a card with fellow Reds rookie Ron Tompkins. Tompkins never actually threw a pitch during the regular season for the Reds; he made his debut in 1965 with the Kansas City Athletics and did not pitch again at the big league level until 1971 with the Cubs. The 1968 card was even Tompkins’ first; he appeared in 1966 on a Kansas City Rookie Stars card with Larry Stahl.

Why should Bench share a card with Tompkins? He shouldn’t! TWJ contributor Patrick sent over the above “fun card” showing the greatest catcher of all-time on his very own rookie card.

This is not the first time a new 1968 version of Bench has surfaced. Cards That Never Were posted one last year, and in 2001 Topps issued a solo card for Bench in the Archives Reserve set.

Tomorrow, I’ll share more from Patrick: a couple of alternatives to Bench’s 1971 Topps card, and on Wednesday a 1972 “In Action” card of Joe Morgan.


About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on April 1, 2013, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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