Cub's general manager Jim Hendry recently announced that the Cubs would not be re-signing backup catcher Henry Blanco, aka Hank White. Blanco has been with the Cubs since 2005 and has done a decent job. His defense has always been very good (he threw out 43% of would be stealers in 2008) and his hitting has been what you would expect from a backup catcher. But he was also expensive, making $4.8 million over the past two seasons, and so the Cubs are letting him go.
I planned on scanning in one of my Henry Blanco cards from my Topps team sets, but over the past four season, Topps has not deemed Hank card-worthy. There are no Topps Henry Blanco Cubs cards. 660 in the base, 330 more with the updates and highlights; 990 cards, and not one Hank White!
So my question would be, how does Topps decide if a player is card worthy? It seemed much easier to get a card 30-40 years ago, when there were only 20 and then 24 teams.
Arnold Earley pitched in 13 games for the Cubs in 1966 and he makes the 1967 set.
Lee Elia played in all of 15 games in 1968, but he gets a card in both '68 and '69. Of course Elia makes much more of a name for himself in 1983 as Cubs manager with a profanity laced tirade about Cubs fans, but I will save that story for another day.
Jimmie Hall got into 11 games with the Cubs in 1969 and he is included in the 1970 set.
I would suspect that none of the above would have gotten a card today. And I think that is a shame. To me, the cards are also a chronicle of the season and of the teams. I enjoy looking through the sets and remembering some of the lesser contributors (which is the politically correct way of saying "the scrubs").
Arnold Earley is forever in my mind a Cub because of one card. Poor Hank White will one day be forgotten, but long live Jimmie Hall!