OK, so Dave Nelson wasn't exactly "missing" from the 1976 set, but as I was creating this card for "Reader Jim" in our ongoing "1976 Project", I like it so much I wanted to post it here on the blog:
Although correctly shown as a Kansas City Royals player for the upcoming 1976 season in the set, both Jim and I see a card set as representative of the year before, sort of a "yearbook" of the previous season.
With that, we go and re-do some cards to show the player with the team he contributed to in 1975.
Hence the Nelson card you see here, which came out nicely if I may say so.
Nelson wrapped up his sixth and final season for the franchise before moving on to the Royals for the last two years of his 10-year career.
A speedster, he topped 50 stolen bases in 1972 and 40 stolen bases in 1973 before playing sporadically the final four years of his Major League career.
All told, he posted a .244 career average with 187 steals and 340 runs scored.
He also collected 630 hits over 2578 at-bats, with 77 of them doubles and 19 of them triples.