A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post called Celebrating the Reverse – Card Backs With Jim McLauchlin. In it, I shared a fantastic article from the September 1991 issue of Baseball Cards Magazine that jokingly presents the first quasi-annual Sy Berger Awards for Card Back Excellence (or Lack Thereof). Today, I’m doing something similar and sharing another fantastic piece from a magazine, this time from the official program for the 16th National Sports Collectors Convention in July 1995.
The convention organizers included five detailed articles from leading card and memorabilia magazines (I mentioned it in Newsletter 59), and this one was from Beckett Baseball Card Monthly covering Cards That Never Were. Dave Sliepka and Theo Chen offered a visual look at what could have been in baseball cards but wasn’t. They limited themselves to active or recently active players and concentrated only on cards that realistically could have been produced. Given how popular custom cards are now, I think a lot of you will get a kick out of what they came up with. I’ll share the entire article at the end with the details of each card.
1974 Topps Dave Winfield, Washing “NAT’L LEA.”
1983 Topps Traded Don Mattingly
1986 Fleer Fred McGriff/Ty Gainey
1986 Fleer Update Bo Jackson
1986 Topps Traded Ruben Sierra
1987 Fleer Greg Maddux/Rafael Palmeiro
1988 Topps Gregg Jefferies
1989 Score Ken Griffey Jr.
1989 Upper Deck Joey Belle
1989 Upper Deck Deion Sanders
1990 Donruss The Rookies Frank Thomas
1990 Bowman Dave Justice
1990 Leaf Travis Fryman and Juan Gonzalez
1991 Stadium Club Mike Mussina
1993 Fleer Mike Piazza
1993 Donruss George Brett
1993 Topps Traded Alex Rodriguez
Cards That Never Were Complete Article
If you enjoyed this article about cars that never were, you might also be interested in the following:
- First, I mentioned the 1974 Topps Washington Errors, which inspired the Winfield card that kicked off this post, in an article about a few Topps baseball card printing errors.
- Next, here are three cards that you’re going to struggle to find; they almost or actually were never made.
- Another interesting card that almost never was was the 1980 Topps Unissued Billy Martin Yankees Team card.
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