Q: Are We Not Stars? A: We Are Rookies.

I’ve got a bunch of these 1972 “Rookie Stars” and I want to find out how close to stars these rookies got.

Dwain Anderson

Anderson played 4 years in the majors (1971-1974) with 4 different teams (A’s, Cardinals, Padres, Indians).  He was the 1972 Topps All-Rookie Team’s shortstop, although he played most of the season for the Cardinals.  I don’t believe he appeared on cardboard after his 1973 card with his “All-Rookie” trophy.

He was once traded straight up for former MLB Player and current broadcaster Dave Campbell.

Chris Floethe

Floethe pitched in the minors from 1968 to 1974, was on the 1972 A’s Spring Training roster, but never made it past AAA.  I believe this is his only card.  The photo seems to be one which Topps pulled out of the files, since he’s wearing a cap that wasn’t worn by the A’s after 1969 (green bill, “A” rather than “A’s”).

2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Prospects Aspirations #88 - Jake Floethe/200 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Prospects Aspirations #88 – Jake Floethe/200 – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

His son Jake currently pitches for the Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay).  In one of those “sign of the times” situations, Jake’s got more cards than his father, despite being in just his second year of pro ball.