Thursday, April 30, 2015


Here's another one of those "head-scratchers" for those of us who pay attention to stuff like this: why did Topps issue a card for Bob Heise in their 1970 set?
First, the card:

If you go and look at Heise's action in 1969, you'll quickly see that the guy only appeared in four games for the New York Mets. Four games.
On top of that, in 1968 he appeared in only six games for the Mets.
So for a total of ten games in two years, he got a card in the 1970 set. Odd.
On top of all THAT, at the tail-end of his career, when he played in 63, 32 and 54 games respectively between 1975-1977, he was omitted from all Topps sets.
(Needless to say I'll be "fixing" THAT soon enough!).
Did Topps need to "fill out" the Ginats roster in the set, so they found a spot for Heise. I find that questionable. So your guess is as good as mine!
Heise did manage to put together an eleven-year career that saw him suit up for the Mets, Giants, Brewers, Cardinals, Red Sox and Royals before retiring after the 1977 season.
He batted .247 with a single homer (in 1970), 86 runs batted in and 104 runs scored over 499 games and 1144 at-bats.


  1. On top of the card being unnecessary due to playing time, the actual card is awful. Just a plain blue cap? He looks more like the waterboy on the sidelines for the New York Football Giants, than he does having anything to do with the San Francisco Giants.

    If topps needed another infielder for the Giants, then they really needed to create a card for Don Mason, who had 292 plate appearances in 104 games!!! He was a bench guy that played 2B-3B-SS (aka "Infield"), and 1969 was his 4th season with the Giants and by far his most playing time (until 1971 with the Padres). Mason had topps cards for 1966, 1969, 1971 & 1972.

    If you look on this very site, you can find a beautiful 1970 topps Don Mason creation from May 31st, 2014. I wish I had remembered that prior to all of my rambling. :)

  2. His last card was in 75 with the Angels. Look forward to the other 3. Kind of like giving Diego Segui a 77 card with Seattle when he played in the Mexican League in 76 and had no 76 card despite spending the whole 75 season (including all of the post season) with Boston.

  3. From Topps' perspective, though, they made the right call. Remember, they weren't trying to encapsulate the previous season; they were trying to have cards for the guys who would be playing while the cards were out. The Giants had traded for Heise, and I'm thinking that people knew they intended to play him. Indeed, he played in 67 games and had 165 PA that year. Mason, mentioned above, only played in 46 games and had only 41 PA, so Heise came to the plate almost exactly 4 times as much. Sounds like a win for Topps--although there's no denying that the airbrush job is awful.

  4. My "Why??" card has always been the 1981 Phil Huffman. He didn't appear in the majors in 1980 or 1981... or 1982, 1983, or 1984. And he lost 18 games in 1979.



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