Tuesday, September 20, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1973 JOHN BATEMAN

Here’s a “missing” 1973 card that can also be a “career capper” for veteran catcher John Bateman, who finished his ten-year career with a half season as a member of the Philadelphia Philles in 1972:


Bateman played in exactly 100 games during the 1972 season, 82 with the Phils and the first 18 with the Montreal Expos, for whom he played the previous three years.
In those 100 games he batted .224 with 63 hits over 281 at-bats, with 20 runs batted in and 10 runs scored.
That capped off a career that saw him play with the Astros between 1963 and 1968 before moving North to Montreal  between 1969 and 1971 before that last campaign in ’72.
He would end up with a .230 career average, with 765 hits in 3330 at-bats, with 81 home runs, 250 runs scored and 375 RBI's.

14 comments:

  1. All that action in the big leagues that year and no card... Topps... Go figure...

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  2. Bateman was released in mid-January of 1972 and not picked up, so it would have been a stretch for Topps to put him in.

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    1. Okay. Now I get it. At least that explains THIS omission.

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  3. Eric is right (except that Bateman was released AFTER the 1972 season). Despite what many on this blog think (and to each his own), Topps was not in the business of printing cards for players that were no longer on a team's roster (retired, cut, sent down early enough in the off-season). They provided cards for most every player on a team's roster (which is not the case now), something kids probably wanted to hold in their fists all summer, more than players who were out of baseball at Topps' press time.

    I think Giovanni's custom cards are great, but strictly speaking, a card is not "missing" if the player did not play that year. (Now, truly "MISSING" cards are all the non-existent Tony Horton cards, Maury Wills & Chris Short cards to 1967, and a few others.

    Mickey Mantle only got a card in 1969 because he waited until spring training to retire. Koufax did not get a card in 1967. The list of examples goes on and on.

    As I said above, to each his own, but I'm always surprised when someone says they can't understand why player X didn't get a card, simply because he played # games in the prior season.

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    1. I can see that for fringe players, but what about HOFs? The one that comes to my mind is Willie Mays. Played some '73 and was in the WS, but no regular card. Yeah, he was on one of the WS cards, but not a regular issue.

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    2. I hear you, totally get it. But I always saw the inclusion of cards like League Leaders, All-Stars, Highlights, etc from the year before contributing to this idea of "what happened last year", including players regardless of what they were doing that present season. All good either way! Lord knows I was just happy to rip open pack after pack like a rabid dog! Ha! I can STILL smell that gum...

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    3. People being "surprised" on why people continue to inquire about Topps not including certain players is one thing. An understanding of their business model over the years will support the card maker's production approach most of the time.
      Yet for someone's own blog and how they are filling in the spaces, "missing" is the perfect word for this site's creations. For some collectors, the Topps set is a yearbook for the season that just concluded regardless of what Topps had in mind. Is this thinking different from others? Sure. Is it incorrect? Based on what rationale? Topps or the collectors?

      Tony Horton is easy. SD's Van Kelly is "missing" for multiple sets. Later in the 80s, Topps didn't give a "career capper" to Bench and Yaz, yet did make it part of their "business" to offer and All Star and highlight cards for them when they knew they weren't returning for the upcoming season. I would contest that their individual cards were "missing" for that set.

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  4. Strictly speaking... Giovanni, Please continue with your "missing" cards... The completionist and 11 year old in me LOVE them!!!

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  8. dave mckay toronto needs fixing billy rohr 67 red sox 69 indians bob johnson is missing mets st louis many teams dave roberts p san diego needs fixing deron johnson phils white sox oakland needs fixing vada pinson kc st louis needs FULL cards thanks for your time !!

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  9. bill voss st louis cardinals only 19 ab please make a full card thanks nt a traded card

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  10. This card is GREAT! Bateman slips in there in Phillies history because Bob Boone took hold of the job beginning in '73.

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