before we move on to 1983, however, there were some omissions in the 1982 set that i need to address. i've already posted the jerry grote final tribute card that should have been (card 794 in the set) along with a 1982 topps highlight card of the infield (card 793), plus postseason cards celebrating the nlds (797), nlcs (800), and world series (801-808) that topps failed to make.
here are a few more, like the bill russell in action card (795)
here's tom lasorda (796)
it's also too bad that topps didn't give johnny oates his final tribute card in 1982. here's what it might have looked like - it's card 798 in my set
oates did indeed go on to manage in the yankees' system in 1982. he also did indeed get a real final tribute from one of the three major card manufacturers that year. fleer did the honors, and they actually gave us his full professional career stats on the back
doug almost pulled a hoyt wilhelm at the plate there. he also pitched a complete game in his big league debut.
tommy john was traded by the yankees to the angels at the end of august
don sutton was dealt to the brewers by the astros on august 30, 1982. that transaction failed to register with topps, however, so this traded card exists only in my imagination.
so, those were the cards that should have been in 1982. next time, we'll see the cards that really were in 1983.