Monday, January 26, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1972 RICK REICHARDT

Here's a "missing" card for an interesting figure in baseball history: a 1972 Topps card for former "Bonus Baby" Rick Reichardt.
Check out my card design:


For those of you who don't know, Reichardt is the reason Major League baseball came up with the amateur draft in 1965 after a crazy bidding war ensued the year before for Reichardt's services, leading the Los Angeles Angels to eventually "win" out and signing him for $200,000 then (over $1.5 million today).
Reichardt was a two-sport star in college, playing both baseball and football for the University of Wisconsin, twice leading the Big-10 in batting and excelling as a fullback for the eventual #2 ranked football team in 1962.
However, as we've seen so many times before and since, injuries took their toll on his career, and although he had some decent years as a big leaguer, he could never become the star everyone thought they'd see when he came up.
After hitting 16 homers with a .288 average in only 89 games in 1966, he came back in 1967 with 17 homers, 69 runs batted in and a .265 average, followed by 21 homers, 73 R.B.I.'s and a .255 average in 1968.
In 1970 he was traded to the Washington Senators where he posted similar numbers both that year and the next, but further injuries kept him from full-time play, leading to his career coming to a close in 1974 after only one at-bat with Kansas City, where he played most of 1973.
I don't know why Topps left him out of his card sets in 1972, 1973 and 1974 since he did play enough for card appearances, especially since he does have a special place of sorts in baseball lore.
Perhaps (as with some other guys back then) he didn't want to be on a card or had contractual issues with Topps?
Who knows? But I will also be designing those "missing" cards as well in the near future.

6 comments:

  1. Nice card. I like the White Sox red unis of the early 70's. I remember having his 1971 card.

    Going back to the theme of your previous blog post, if you google "Rick Reichardt topps" you will see how topps recycled pictures from the same photo shoot on his 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1969 Super and 1969 Transogram cards. They all appear to be taken one time at Yankee Stadium.

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  2. Cool. At first glance, I thought that this was an actual card from the last series of the '72 Topps set.

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  3. I'd also like to add that Reichardt has the distinction of having the last card, number 720, in the 1970 Topps set. I knew that I saw his name somewhere before.

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  4. Rick Reichardt is a friend of mine on Facebook. A real, genuine down to earth guy.

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  5. Do you produce and sell these cards?

    They are great!

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  6. The White Sox were missing all kinds of outfielders in 1973. Besides Reichardt, Jim Lyttle and Jay Johnstone are also omitted from the 1973 set.

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