Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Today I post up a “not so missing” 1971 card for former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dick Colpaert, who appeared in the only Major League action he’d see in his career during the 1970 season:

Colpaert came into eight games during 1970, all out of the bullpen, and proceeded to post a 1-0 record with a 5.91 earned run average over 10.2 innings pitched.
He spent eight years toiling in the Minors before that sole taste of the big leagues, pitching for the Baltimore Orioles Appleton D-Level team in 1962 as an 18-year-old before moving over the the Pittsburgh organization in 1963, where he’d stay through the 1972 season.
He’d stick around until 1974, playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox, getting into a dozen games before calling it a career, getting that one taste of the big time in 1970, leading to this card.


  1. It took me a while but I recognized this guy from the 1973 set. He is airbrushed as an indian on a rookie card. Nice job on this one.

    1. I was about to say the same thing...he was on there with Doc Medich and Steve Busby in '73.

    2. That brings up a good question. Has any player appeared on his own Topps card PRIOR to appearing on a shared rookie or future stars card?

    3. First, it's likely that Colpaert's shot in that rookie card was probably from this particular photo session with the Pirates. As for the question, I know it happened between 1962 and 1963 when they went from full length rookie cards to the multi-player ones. I cannot remember such a case in the 1970s.

    4. Gaylord Perry immediately comes to mind. Own Topps card in 1962, then multi-player card in 1963.

  2. Chris T brings up an era that really frustrates me as a collector. Beginning in 1962, there were rookies who were starters or made significant contributions, but the only card available for that rookie is a tiny head shot on a card with as many as 3 other tiny head shots. Gio took care of several of the rookies in the 70's with his excellent Dedicated Rookie segments, but the 60's need attention. The blog "Cards That Never Were" was kind enough at my request to create a 1962 Rich Rollins and Bernie Allen, rookie starters for the Twins. However, there are many more rookies in the 60's that need their own cards. Hoping someday that Gio will have time to remedy this situation.



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