What a strange case Mike Ferraro makes as far as early-70’s baseball cards.
Topps went and gave him a card in 1972 even though up to that point he hadn’t played since 1969.
Yet when the 1973 season came around, he was left out of the 1973 set
even though he put in almost a full-season of work with the Milwaukee
So here’s my “missing” 1973 card:
Ferraro played in 124 games in 1972, batting .255 with 97 hits over 381 at-bats and 406 plate appearances.
I mean, come on, how is this not enough action for a card?
Granted (and here is where it gets even more interesting), Ferraro would never play in another Major League game again!
So besides 10 games with the New York Yankees in 1966, 23 games in 1968,
and a scant 5 games with the Seattle Pilots in 1969, that 1972 season
would be the bulk of his big league action.
I get that with a late-series card in the ’72 set it was based on the
amount of playing time he was getting that season, but was it a given
that he was out of baseball the following year, enough that Topps
decided to leave him out?
I love stuff like this: the quirks of Topps’ selection process, where
guys with a handful of games the year before get a card, yet a guy with
over 100 appearances could get snubbed.