Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Topps Cards That Never Were - 1972 Carlton Fisk

A little while back, Joe Average Card Collector requested a standalone version of Carlton Fisk's 1972 Topps Rookie Card.  As most of you know, Fisk's original RC was a 1972 tri-player version shown below.

I have mixed feelings about the two, three and four player (Has there been a five-player?) rookie cards Topps has released in the past.  As shown above, I have no qualms whatsoever with a three player card featuring all Red Sox (or all of any one team).

Where I get irritated is when Topps releases a card that is position based and may include up to four players from different teams.  What's the big deal, you ask?  Well, I like Padres, and I've dabbled in Team Collecting over the years, but I'm always dissuaded because of one rookie card.  No, not Tony Gwynn, nor Dave Winfield, but good old John "Dave" Hilton's rookie card.  Who?

That's right, Dave Hilton, who scrapped out a whopping 108 hits over his four year career in San Diego with a Mario Mendoza inspiring .213 batting average.  Typically, this card would be in the 25 to 50 cent range, maybe $2 because it's a high-number.  Except for the fact the John/Dave shares the card with fellow rookies Ron Cey and Mike Schmidt.  

Over the years, I've heard plenty of Dodger fans bemoan the fact that Mike Schmidt was on a Ron Cey card, thus adding plenty of dollar signs to a Team Collection.  Well, with no disrespect to Mr. Hilton, at least Ron Cey had a lengthy, All-Star filled career that earned him a nickname.  The same cannot be said for John/Dave Hilton.

So, I am glad to produce a standalone rookie card of Carlton Fisk for Joe Average Card Collector.  I'm sure Cecil Cooper and Mike Garman would appreciate the extra room on their card.

Enjoy, and please make some requests!


BrerSkwerl said...

How about (unless you've already seen the mini inserted in the new year's set...) a 1972 Tony Gwynn?

baseballbrent said...

Looks great as most of your creations do.

I have a long list of requests:
Any sunset card of Hall of Famers, I know you've made some great one's already.

1963 Topps Gaylord Perry
1984 Topps Kirby Puckett
1965 Jim Hunter or Tony Perez
1978 Lance Parrish

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