Friday, May 14, 2021

1969 Topps missing Detroit Tigers

 After doing the 1985 Topps missing Tigers yesterday, I went to making the missing '68 team guys in the 1969 set. Again, it wasn't as difficult as I thought, with the hardest one bieing Bob Christian, who I found in a team photo. Here are all of the missing Tigers from the 1969 Topps set (yearbook style), with ones made by others noted:

Eddie Mathews by Cards that Never Were

And that covers all of the guys who won a championship with the Tigers since Topps started making cards. Pretty sad, huh? You would only have to go back 8 years to have all of the Boston players from their last 2 titles. I have a feeling that the Tigers will be back in it during the next decade if they play their cards right. Don't get me wrong, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, and Toronto will all be alot better, and you always have the Yankee$ and the Red Sox, but the rest of the AL just doesn't have it to sustain a long playoff run unless a ton of big free agents are signed by them. I think in the NL that Atlanta, LA, Milwaukee, the Mets, Phillies, Cardinals, and Padres all have shots (some of them lesser shots, but again, free agency). It will be fun to see how all of this plays out in the next 10 years. 

I have a few ideas for new posts. Logan Gilbert, a guy I collect just made his MLB debut, so I might show off his cards, and I just got some cards back in the mail that were signed by Leo Daigle (another guy I collect), so I might do posts on them, and I'm sure I'll have the cards that John sent in the mail and perhaps other ones too. 
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  1. The AL is still too early to call. There are a few teams that can take it.

  2. That Mathews threw me off from the start.

  3. I'm wondering why you didn't make these in the 1968 style, since they are players from the 1968 team, and were either on other teams or out of baseball in 1969.

    1. Well, when. I first started collecting cards, it was around 1989. All of the sets back then (actually, from around 1978-1998) we’re done in ‘yearbook’ style, where the set featured players pictured with their teams from the year before in the main set , and players featured in uniforms from the current year in the Traded set (if the company produced one). It’s just the way cards were when I grew up, so that’s the correct way to do it in my opinion.
      I have, however, listed cards in the second part of each checklist on each of my set pages in the format you are used to where the players are pictured in their teams for the current season, so it is possible for cards to be made with the ‘68 Tigers pictured on ‘68 Topps cards.

    2. Well yes, I know why Topps did what they did, because they are making cards before the season starts. But you (and others) are making them decades after the fact, with the benefit of knowing who was on the rosters in what years.
      So it seemed to make sense that if one was filling in the missing players from a particular year, the design would be for the year in question. ........................ But, they are your creations, and good ones at that. Did you ever see the 1960 version of "Ocean's Eleven"? At one point, Cesar Romero tells the casino owners (who disagree with his commission % for finding the stolen loot) either they put up or shut up. Since I don't pout up (make my own cards to suit my ideas), well, you know the rest. :)

    3. You know, I never thought to consider that Topps didn’t have the benefit of time like I have and that they were just doing what they thought was best. Makes sense when you look at it that way.
      And I don’t mind your comments/opinions on any of my posts. You seem very knowledgeable about vintage cards and I’m just an idiot 38 year old trying to make as many customs as I can, many of sets I never grew up collecting and that were made decades before I was born. I encourage you to give me any insight/advice/tips for older sets and anything else on my blog, and although I’m hesitant to embrace the non-yearbook cards, I’ll still keep the checklists for them at the end of my checklists, and my next project will be to put the 1968 missing Tigers on the 1968 Topps set, my friend. Stay tuned for that post.