Here’s a “missing” 1972 card for a guy that saw enough action during the 1971 season that I had to double-check to see if I had it wrong that he was left out of the ‘72 set, John Vuckovich:
Vukovich played in 74 games for the Philadelphia Phillies that year, hitting .166 with 36 hits in 217 at-bats.
Brutal numbers there, for sure, but man when you think about some of the
guys that DID get a card in the ‘72 set, it leaves you scratching your
Granted, turns out he wouldn’t even play in the Majors during the 1972
season, but he will make it back in 1973, now as a member of the
Milwaukee Brewers, before moving on to the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and
back to the Phillies for the final five seasons of his 10-year career.
All told he’d finish up with a .161 career average with 90 hits in 559
at-bats while playing all infield positions while playing for two World
Champs (1975 Reds and 1980 Phillies), though he didn’t get into Post
Season action himself.
He would also get two brief stints as manager, two games heading the
Chicago Cubs in 1986 and nine games in 1988 with the Phillies.