Tuesday, May 28, 2013

THE MISSING ALL-STAR CARD MYSTERY...

As I mentioned earlier, I was always a fan designating an All-Star on the player's regular issue card, which was in practice by Topps between 1975 and 1981.
For all except that last year (1981), Topps simply picked the starting nine for each league of the previous year's All-Star game. Yet for some reason, they inexplicably forgot to slap the "All-Star" on the following three cards, 1975 Reggie Jackson, 1978 Richie Zisk and 1979 Freddie Patek, and to this day I have no idea why.
If anyone has any idea why this was done please let me know. It would put to rest a mystery that has been bouncing around in my head ever since. As a matter of fact, I remember back when the 1979 set came out, it had what seemed to be my entire elementary school searching for that ever elusive American League All-Star card! Every boy in that school was on a mission for that card, not knowing that it never existed.
Since many of you out there enjoy the practice of designing or making up your own cards, I took the liberty of "fixing" these mistakes myself and present them here. The left side represents what was actually issued, while the right side shows "what should have been."
It's especially sad for Patek since this would have been the only All-Star card of his career. For Zisk, it would have marked a two-year run on All-Star cards since he was correctly designated as an All-Star the following year, which was his only A.S. card to this point.
For some of us this actually matters, as sad as it may seem. ;)




 



9 comments:

  1. Would you think by the 70's, Topps would get good at not making errors. At least Jackson and Zisk had All-Star banners on other cards, poor Freddie Patek got screwed out of the one All-Star banner (during those years) that he had comin' to him.

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    1. EXACTLY! Poor Patek. That sucks!
      I remember I was in Junior High at the time, and every freakin' kid was flipping out trying to "find" that missing All-Star card. We never realized that Topps just messed up and forgot to put the banner on Patek's card.

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  2. Now that I know who that third AL outfielder was in the near-perfect 1978 set, I can die in peace. Too bad. That All-Star shield looked great.

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  3. I remember trying to identify who that missing outfielder was from the '78 set. We were all convinced it was Larry Hisle, however one of my friends finally located him in a new pack only to be disappointed with the results. A few years ago, I googled the starting lineups from that game and couldn't believe it was Zisk. I recalled that all of us had a copy of his card and thought nothing of it at the time. I sympathize with the other posters.

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  4. I remember trying to identify who that missing outfielder was from the '78 set. We were all convinced it was Larry Hisle, however one of my friends finally located him in a new pack only to be disappointed with the results. A few years ago, I googled the starting lineups from that game and couldn't believe it was Zisk. I recalled that all of us had a copy of his card and thought nothing of it at the time. I sympathize with the other posters.

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  5. Topps should recreate these All-Star cards, WITH their autographs. How awesome would that be!

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  6. okay, as a life long Royals fan, seeing Patek with the All-Star shield gave me goose bumps!! To think of all the '79 Royals cards i came across, i would have held on tighter if it looked like that!!!

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  8. Many times it was blatant racism, or discrimination on the part of Topps or Bowman. In the case of '79 Fred patek Card, Topps was didn't like the fact that a quasi-midget made an All-Star and felt it should have been the Red sox Burleson or the Yankees Bucky Dent. At least a card was made, years earlier Topps failed to produce a '66 Sandy Koufax card, nor a '65 Maury Wills card eventhough they were both starting All-Stars the previous yrs, Koufax in '65 and Wills in '64. Also, in the 1950's a lot of starting Baseball All-stars didn't appears on card sets the year following their all-star starting game appearance. Of course, we all know about perennial AS 1rst baseman Stan Musial's absence , which was because he wanted more $$ from Topps to appear on their card, and they didn't dish it out, so he hardly appeared. Also Topps Racism on Hispanics was responsible for Starting AL all-stars Chico Carrasqual and Bobby Avilla not appearing on the '54 Topps sets eventhough there AS starters in the '53 game. The same fact was repeated in '53 as well for the '52 year All Star appearance of chico carrasqual. Bad Bad Bad tops...at least Bowman did include both Carrasqual and Musial in their sets.. which are as nice as the 1950's topps sets.

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