first of all, a heartfelt thank you to all of the veterans of our armed forces. i'll be trying to meet up with one of my friends who served and buy him a beer. in the meantime, let's take a look at some cards that topps failed to make in 1997.
i understand that they were printing smaller sets following the downturn in sales thanks to the players' strike a few years earlier, but i have to believe that most collectors would have preferred a 1997 topps tommy lasorda managerial final tribute card over a john mabry highlight.
to make matters worse, upper deck actually did give lasorda a card in their 1997 set, although it was a checklist
i went a step further and gave my lasorda card that should have been a back
speaking of russell, he too gets a card that should have been
in his only full season as a manager, russell led the 1997 dodgers to a second place finish in the nl west with a 88-74 record. the dodgers were 4 games out of the wild card (won by the eventual world champion florida marlins), but only 2 games behind baker's giants. oates, meanwhile, had the rangers at 77-85, 13 games out in the american league west.