Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1973 BOBBY FLOYD

Here was a fun card to create and go over for the blog: a 1973 "missing" card for infielder Bobby Floyd.
Check out the card first:


The reason I found this card interesting is because Floyd has a card in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1974, yet the most action he ever saw in his seven-year career was in 1972, which means that the ONE year he didn't get a card was after the most action he had in any season!
How on earth does that happen?
In 1972 Floyd appeared in 61 games, good for 140 plate appearances.
After that the most he ever got up to bat was in 1969 when he had 94 plate appearances.
After his 61 games in 1972 the most he ever played in was 51 the following year in 1973.
As long as I live I just can never figure out the selection process implemented by Topps for their card sets.
In that 1972 season Floyd played just about equal games at third base and shortstop, 30 at third and 29 at short, so I went ahead and had him as a third baseman on the card.
Originally up as a Baltimore Oriole in 1968, he'd play for the O's two years before finding himself in Kansas City in 1970, where he'd play the final five years of his career.
He was out of the Major Leagues after the 1974 season, and his final numbers were: a .219 batting average with 93 hits, 18 doubles and a triple over 425 at-bats in 214 games.

3 comments:

  1. You're not the only one who wonders about The Topps selection process. One other hand, I'm glad because all of us consultants now have a place to discuss this...

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  2. 1973 was the one year that Bobby Floyd forgot to "give a loan" to his friendly neighborhood Topps representative.

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  3. When you consider they gave a card to Jose Arcia as a Royal infielder (who never played for KC) this omission is strange.

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