Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cards That Never Were #15

1966 Topps - Joey Amalfitano

Joey Amalfitano was a bonus baby with the New York Giants, which is why you see him in the big leagues in 1954 and 1955, then not again until 1960.

By 1964, Joey had found himself on the Chicago Cubs, after they purchased his contract from the Houston Colt .45s. He stayed with the Cubs from 1964 until 1966, when the team released him. He found himself back on the Cubs in May of 1967, only to be released again less than two months later.

Joey's stint with the Cubs in 1967 only resulted in four games, with none in the field. He had one plate appearance.

There are cards of Joey with the Cubs in 1964 and 1965. His next Topps card would come in 1973, as a coach on the Giants. Joey appeared in 67 games in 1965 and 41 games in 1966. By this point, he had become more of a utility player. Still, he played most of his games in the field at second base.

I chose to go with Joe instead of Joey, mainly because Topps had done so on his previous Cubs cards. I saw no reason that they would have changed that in 1966.


Wrigley Wax said...

Nice looking card! I was surprised to see a Cubs card on your site. Now I guess I'll have to make one of a Sox player!

If I remember right, Amalfitano was a coach for the Cubs in 1967, was activated for a short time between May and July, and then went back to serving as a coach.

Steve Gierman said...

That would explain being released in 1966 and being activated for a short time in 1967 without doing too much.

I've also made a 1974 Topps Traded custom card of Rick Stelmaszek.

Johngy said...

Excellent work. Good to see a little Cubs love.
And your 74T Stelmaszek was awesome.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Love seeing a creative mind work and gain success!!!!!! Hope it continues to grow!


Jim from Downingtown said...

What software do you guys use to create these "cards that never were"?

I have about a dozen or so that I'd like to make up from the 1966-69 period, but I'm not sure how to get started.

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