i certainly didn't think this would happen, but i completed my 1955 topps brooklyn dodger team set recently by adding ed roebuck's card to my collection.
speaking of 1955 topps and completion, quite a while back i completed the 1995 topps archives brooklyn dodgers set, which includes some cards that should have been, including a 1955 topps tom lasorda card
for instance, here's a 1958 topps roy campanella
a 1959 topps pee wee reese
a 1965 topps duke snider
cards that never were. only slightly less disturbing than seeing jackie in giants gear. and to think that the duke actually suited up for the nocals.
it's not just final tributes that were on my list - there are some cards just plain missing from history, like this 1977 topps reggie jackson
bob lemke, although i believe that there is a test/proof of this as an actual topps card out there (in keith olbermann's collection?).
still, most of the cards i wanted to create were final tributes, like this 1978 topps brooks robinson
uncle doc's card closet - when topps had (base)balls also created a final tribute for brooks, who was given the al kaline treatment and just had a season highlight card in what should have been his final tribute set.
in keeping with the oriole theme here at the bottom of the post, here are some cards that i made for ryan at o no another orioles blog a while back. they are all of o's pitcher jamie walker. i made a 2007 topps
as for all of the other cards i've created, i think there are some good ones in there, and certainly there are a lot of talented folks out there making their own cards that should have been, never were, or just need to be. one of the best is travis from punk rock paint/the baseball card blog. i still think that topps should pick up his 'pugilists & other pugnacious princes of play' idea and give us a real copy of this chan ho park card
made with a 2009 topps allen & ginter-ish feel. come on, a set with that card, juan marichal wielding a bat, alex rodriguez getting punched by jason varitek, and aj pierzynski getting clocked by michael barrett among others? it's a no-brainer set that really ought to be made. i'd collect the whole thing.