Here’s a card I never realized was “missing” until I started this blog, a 1977 card for long-time Major League player Champ Summers, who was starting his third season, second with the Chicago Cubs:
Summers played in 83 games with the North-Siders in 1976, batting .206 with 26 hits in 126 at-bats, with 11 runs scored and 13 runs batted in.
However as the 1977 season started he would actually be suiting up for the World Champion Cincinnati Reds as he was traded for former New York Mets player Dave Schneck.
He’d put in about two-and-a-half years there before moving on to the Detroit Tigers midway through the 1979 season, seeing pretty much the only full-time action of his eleven-year career before closing it all out with two years for the San Francisco Giants and a final stop for the San Diego Padres in 1984.
All told he wound up with a .255 career average based on his 350 hits in 1371 at-bats spread out over 698 games, with 199 runs and 218 RBI’s, with 54 homers, 21 of which were hit in 1979 for his personal best.