Granted, lately I have been producing “missing” cards for players who really are pushing the limits of sufficient playing time the previous year, but the 1978 Henry Cruz card always had me wondering why Topps even bothered:
For a guy who only appeared in 16 games the previous year, with only 22
plate appearances, seems Topps went above and beyond with the added
efforts of airbrushing to get this player a card, no?
Cruz, who actually should have had a card in the 1977 set after his time
with the Los Angeles Dodgers, would only appear on a multi-player
rookie card in the 1976 set besides this 1978 edition.
The airbrusing on this card is actually really good! Notice all the work
with the collar, the shadowing, and the “sox” logo on the cap! Would
love to see the original photo to really appreciate the work done here.
For Cruz, he’d put in four-years in the Majors, all part-time seasons
split between the Dodgers and White Sox, finishing with a .229 average
over 171 games and 280 at-bats before bouncing around in the Minors and
Mexican Leagues until 1985.