Tuesday, December 25, 2012
My top 25 sets #1: 1977 Topps
Set 1977 Topps
Number of cards in set: 660
Key RCs: Andre Dawson, Dale Murphy, Bruce Sutter
Is the set built?: need less than 60 to complete the set
What I like about this set: I will always love this set. It is the first set I collected as a child, and thus is one that is near and dear to me. The card front is simple. The player's position located in a pennant in the upper right corner of the card. In the case of Randy Jones above, the N.L. All-Stars notation is in a blue bar below the picture. The team name in big block letters across the top of the card, in the team's predominant color. Simple, yet great, at least for me.
The backs have the players name in large lettering across the top, standard biographical information, full career stats, and where there's room available, there's also an interesting statistic below the career stats. Each card also has a cartoon on the left hand side of the back as well.
What I don't like about this set: Nothing.
This is the first baseball set that I ever remember collecting, and when I saw images of players such as Reggie Jackson and Nolan Ryan on these cards again, the memories just came flooding back.
The strangest memory about this set for me is the Carl Morton card. I don't know why, but it's the one card that I've always associated with putting this set together. I had to actually look up Carl's history, and it turns out he was a fairly decent pitcher who won the NL rookie of the year award in 1970. Carl also died too young, dying of a heart attack while jogging, at the age of 39.
I hope that everyone out there at least enjoyed reading these posts, I will post a brief epilogue to this series tomorrow to sum up my thoughts regarding the previous 25 posts.
Thanks for reading, Robert