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When I was a kid I collected baseball cards and had shoe boxes full of them. The Padres were going to move to D.C. and become the Washinton Senators, so Topps created these cards with the Padres players in Padres uniforms and the team at the top of the card was the Washinton Senators. The Padres never moved and these cards became obsolete (read: VALUABLE!).

You are incorrect, Sir.
The Padres were not going to be renamed the Senators after the move. They had yet to decide the name. When Topps printed the 1974 cards, it was the first year of printing the whole year in one series. They didn't have the luxury of waiting until the move occurred to start printing. So they began the print run with the players in their godawful uni's with the team name "WASHINGTON" across the top and "NAT'L LEA." along the bottom(for National League). Soon after, the move was blocked by the commish (by 'mutual agreement') and the Wash N.L. was replaced by San Diego Padres. Value of the common cards are around $2.50, with the Team Card ~$7.50, McCovey ~$20.00 and Dave Winfield's rookie at ~$150-200.

If you'd like to see what the cards look like:
http://www.myitem.com/viewimage.html?ctg=11&image=540244806.jpeg

My apologies to the board for Patrick's blatant inaccuracies.

You're welcome.

JTM (former(?) stupid baseball card geek)
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