Friday, March 25, 2016


Here’s a “missing” 1975 card for Kurt Bevacqua, who suited up for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals during the 1974 season:

Bevacqua played in 57 games in 1974, hitting .184 with 23 hits over 125 at-bats while DH-ing and playing both the infield and outfield.
He would end up playing 15 seasons as a Major League player, the highlight for him being his heroics in the 1984 World Series as a member of the San Diego Padres, giving them their only win against the eventual World Champion Detroit Tigers.
All told he’d hit .236 over his career, with 499 hits in 2117 official at-bats while playing every position but pitcher and catcher.
And let’s not forget he won that Bubble-Gum blowing contest, leading to one of the quirkier cards in the Topps stable in the 1970’s...


  1. I wish I could say that when I hear "Kurt Bevaqua", the first thing that comes to mind is playoff heroics, but alas it will always be Bubble Gum Blowing Champion. Have you ever REALLY looked at the back of that Bubble Gum Champ card to see the complicated brackets? The brackets endup being extra complicated because it only had 22 participants (the card tells us the Tiger and Pirates did not participate, although I find it hard to believe Manny Sanguillen and Johnny Wockenfuss did not want in). FOUR future Hall of Famers took part in the battle and Kurt Bevaqua had a first round bye, so he obviously was a #1 seed. But unlike many #1 seeds in March Madness, Kurt handled the pressure and won it all!

    This post is especially timely considering the College Basketball Tournament (and its Bracket Busting) is going on right now, and the host of the Bubble Gum Blowing Championship depicted in the famous baseball card is Joe Garagiola, who recently passed at 90 years of age.

  2. You can also make a '73 Topps card for Bevacqua seeing how he was left out of the set. In '72, he played 19 games for the Indians; in '73, he played 99 games for the Royals.

  3. My favorite MIA customs are the "Kurt Bevacqua didn't have a card in 1975?" ones. :-)

    Well done!

  4. Wierd time sequence for him. Was part of Topps traded set 1974 with Pirates but went back to KC that year. Then with Mikwaukee in 1975.



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