Friday, September 25, 2015


Here's a "missing" 1976 card as part of my "1976 Project" for "Reader Jim" for former outfielder Billy Baldwin of the Detroit Tigers.
Check it out:

Baldwin had a brief two year career, 1975 playing for the Tigers and 1976 in a scant nine games for the New York Mets.
During that 1975 season in Motown, Baldwin played in 30 games, hitting .221 over 95 official at-bats with 21 hits, seven of which went for extra bases.
Sure he doesn't necessarily "deserve" a card in the (awesome) 1976 set based on this amount of playing time, but I've been thinking lately that as long as there's an image out there of a player, ANY player, that appeared in a Major League game the previous season, why not go and create a card?
Of course this means my "What Were They Thinking" thread becomes a moot point. But I've been thinking that a truly FULL representation of players who appeared in Major League games the year before may be the way to go.
What do you all think?
Could be fun to have cards of guys that even had a brief one-game "career" in the big leagues!


  1. I am a completionist by nature. I think it is a great and challenging idea!

  2. I love the idea of a card for everyone. I have tried to do some on my site (nowhere near as many as you). I still think you can do the "What were they thinking?" thread. It still makes sense within their context.

  3. Oh Billy B deserves a card. I mean if Topps can issue one for IF - John Knox and C - Terry Humphrey, then this guy should get one. And what a card it is....Move over Johnny Wockenfuss and Mickey Stanley!

  4. I don't think there's any contradiction between making these oddball cards and the "What Were They Thinking" posts. Topps had a limited number of spots in the set, and people paid money for those cards. It's totally valid to ask whether including someone was the right choice. That doesn't mean that we don't have any appreciation for those cards, and it certainly doesn't mean that it wouldn't be fun to make cards that rightly didn't exist.

    Heck, make a version of this card with Alec Baldwin's brother on it! hehe....

  5. It's not at all unreasonable to give Billy Baldwin a 1976 Topps card. He did get a card in 1976 SSPC (but yours is better).

    As for making a card of everybody, well... I'd say if there's a decent photo to use and you enjoy making the custom, then go for it.



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