Saturday, May 20, 2017

MISSING IN ACTION- 1973 HECTOR TORRES

Here’s a 1973 “missing” card for a guy who was missing a few of them during the 1970’s, former infielder Hector Torres:


Torres really could have gotten a card every year but 1975 (after missing out on MLB play the previous year), but only had cards in the 1970-72 & 1976 sets.
I already created a 1978 “missing” card for him on this blog a while back, and this 1973 will hopefully be joined by a 1974 & 1977 in the near future.
During the 1972 season Torres played in 83 games for the Montreal Expos, batting .155 with 28 hits over 181 at-bats and 199 plate appearances.
Sure the dismal hitting didn’t help, but I can easily name a handful of players who played a ton less and got cards in the set.
Generally a part-timer off the bench, Torres put in nine years in the Major Leagues, batting .216 with 375 hits in 1738 at-bats over 622 games between 1968 and 1977.

7 comments:

  1. Excellent card! I'm always a fan of that sideways design.

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  2. "...but only had cards in the 1970-72 & 1976 sets."

    Torres also had a card in the 1969 set, where he is sporting the Topps All-Rookie trophy as the shortstop on that team. I wonder what happened to him? After his rooke year, he slipped into the bench zone.

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  3. Could you have found a better action photo for this '73 card? I think not.

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  4. That photo fits in perfectly with that set!!!! Great job!

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    1. Very much so! The oddly cropped catcher and the police officer with the bright yellow jacket are just the sort of things which show up in that set. But unlike some of the action cards in that set, the player is the clear focus and can be seen well. So very much like the better action cards in the set.

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  5. I always used to get Hector Torres and Rusty Torres confused. They both played around the same time period.

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  6. GREAT card. One of the best you have made. Totally captures the look and feel of my favorite set and it is my favorite set precisely because cards like this. Keep up the good work

    Chris in Colorado

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