a baseball card celebration of the dodgers and the infield of my youth.
13 January 2010
the 1970 topps jim bunning card that should have been!
here's jim bunning's 1970 topps card:
yes, it's one of the cards from my set that could use some upgrading. anyway, there's nothing unusual, right? bunning as a phillie. that's what he was. yes, but not in 1969. after starting his career with detroit, and having some pretty good seasons for the tigers, bunning was dealt to the phillies. he pitched for philadelphia from 1964 through 1967, leading the league in strikeouts and finishing second in the cy young voting in his last year there.
after the 1967 season, the phils traded bunning to the pirates (right on time it turned out) as the future senator had a horrible 1968 season with his era and whip skyrocketing. he pitched about the same for the pirates in 1969, but the dodgers acquired bunning anyway, since they needed pitching (don drysdale retired 10 days before bunning was obtained). the dodgers released him after the 1969 season, and the phillies signed him right away.
topps pulled an archive photo of bunning in his phillie pinstripes and ran with it, depriving us of a card of bunning in a pirates uniform but a dodgers card header. i should note that his 1969 card features him, hatless of course, in a phillies jersey but listed as a pirate. the only jim bunning dodger card i know of is his 1990 target card, which i featured in this post. anyway, i went ahead and used the only photo i could find of bunning in a dodger uniform (from the always fantastic steve's baseball photography page) and created a 1970 topps card that should have been:
featuring the people behind the bullpen fence. i know, 1970 topps didn't have any real game photos, but scourers of the internet can't be choosers.
so, there you have it. the jim bunning card that should have been. almost 40 years in the making.
i collect dodgers cards, any and all cards featuring steve garvey, ron cey, dave lopes or bill russell, all topps cards of the players who were featured in the 1978 topps set as dodgers, cards featuring dodger stadium, o-pee-chee variations, and cards showing the double play turn at second base. i am also currently working on my 1971 topps set, and i am starting to put together a 1974 topps set as well. i have a lot of cards to trade!