Friday, August 22, 2014

MISSING IN ACTION-"IN ACTION" #2: 1972 BERT CAMPANERIS

Here's a 1972 Topps "in-action" card of a player that SHOULD have had one, Bert Campaneris of the Oakland A's.
Check it out:


Nice action shot of the Oakland speedster and stolen base whiz.
"Campy" was ALL action, whether it was on the base paths or on the field at shortstop, and the fact that he didn't have an "in action" card in the 1972 set is a joke (again, Bob Barton had one?!)
A six-time stolen base champ, six-time all-star and three-time World Champ in his 19-year career, I was very fortunate to see him play, and even meet him once before a game, when he played for the New York Yankees in 1983.
He even batted .322 for them over 60 games at the age of 41 that year!
Just a true all-star through and through.

7 comments:

  1. Great card design except for the fact that Campy is wearing a uniform that the A's didn't use until the '72 season. And since the '71 Topps set relied on photos up through the '71 season, this is an impossible card for the times. Still, I love it and have often wondered why players such as Barton and Reds backup catcher Pat Corralles were given "action" cards instead of several obvious omissions.

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    1. Hey! Yeah I knew I was "cheating" with the photo from '72-on. Ha! But the photo was perfect for what I was thinking as far as "Campy"!
      You caught my cheat! ;)

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    2. Not necessarily. Giovanni could call this a "high number card", which Topps sometimes squeezed cards into their last series using photos from the current year, for sets prior to 1974. (See the 1967 Maury Wills card - he's in a Pirates uniform.)

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  2. Um, I meant the '72 Topps set in my post above...

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  3. I always thought it odd that Corrales and Barton had IA cards while playing backup to Johnny Bench

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  4. Tom Haller was another back up catcher with an in action card. He and manager Billy Martin were the only Tigers to be featured on in action cards. Hey Topps, ever hear of Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Willie Horton, or Mickey Lolich? No, we get Tom Haller in a Dodgers uniform.

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    1. It really is a mystery as to how Topps was making these decisions. But all those players you mentioned will have the "In Action" cards here soon enough!

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