When Doug Buffone passed away on Monday, I went looking for a card format to use to pay tribute to him in my own way. What I found was shocking. Although he debuted in 1966 his first card was a 1970 Topps card. Not only that, but he was skipped over in 1972 and 1973 plus his final card was in 1976 despite playing through 1979.
I decided that this will not stand. He deserved better. These sets were small by today's standards. The 1968 and 1969 sets numbered in the low 200s and the Bears only had 9 cards in the 1968 set and 11 in 1969. Looking back at his career and what he meant to this city, I think we can add these two cards to the sets.
In my next few posts, I will be filling in the missing pieces of the 1970's sets.