Here’s a “missing” 1976 card for former California Angels catcher Ike Hampton, who appeared in 31 games for the ‘Halos during the 1975 season:
Hampton, who originally came up with the New York Mets for four games in
1974, found himself on the West Coast the following year and hit .152
with 10 hits in 66 at-bats, with eight runs scored and four runs batted
He would only get into three games during the 1976 season, but would
play in a career high 52 games in 1977, leading him to have a card in
the 1978 set that I always remember.
He would do pretty well in ‘77, hitting .295 with 13 hits over 44
at-bats with three homers, five runs scored and nine RBI’s. But sadly
for him it didn’t translate for much the rest of his career, which
consisted of 19 games in 1978 and four in 1979, all with the Angels.
All told he would bat .207 during his six-year career, with 28 hits over
135 at-bats, with four homers, 15 runs scored and 18 RBI’s, with most
of his games as a catcher with some action at first, short and third.