Friday, November 6, 2015

WHAT IF? A DON BAYLOR 1977 OAKLAND A'S CARD

Allow me some latitude here with my newest card creation: a 1977 Topps Oakland A’s card since he never appeared on a card as an Oakland Player:

Baylor put in a solid year in his only season as an Oakland player. First off he had his career high in stolen bases when he swiped 52, along with the rest of the team who combined to steal 341 for the year! Incredible.
He also chipped in 85 runs scored, 15 homers and 68 runs batted in while (of course) leading the league in hit-by-pitch with 20.
As we all know he would appear as a California Angels player in the 1977 set since he signed with them after the 1976 season as one of the earlier Free Agents.
And since he was part of the (in)famous Reggie Jackson trade in April of 1976, he was still depicted as a Baltimore Oriole in the 1976 set (watch for my “traded” card for this in the near future).
Just one of those cards that I always wanted to create and post up here because of the quirk in timing with his transactions and Topps deadlines for filling out their sets.
Hope this fills in a gap of sorts for some of you out there!


4 comments:

  1. Love this. I created a card for Deron Johnson with the White Sox, just because he never appeared on one with them. This drove me crazy as a kid (and still now, I guess).

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  2. I love this. Honestly I would like to see ALL of the 1976 Oakland players shown as "A's" in the 1977 Topps set. My 1977 A's pages are a disaster with Bando, Rudi, Baylor, Campy, Fingers, & Tenace all with airbrushed cards on other teams...not to mention my hand-scribbled place holder "card" for Billy Williams.

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  3. However, Topps did a proof card of Baylor in 1977 in Oakland uni. Looked very close to yours, however.

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