A few days ago I received a package in the mail. It was a 550 card lot of 1979 Topps. This will be my first attempt to build a pre-1980 set. As a kid, I never had many cards from the 1970’s. This was due to me being a kid and kids tend like what is hot now, not yesterday’s stars.
The 550 card lot is mostly commons with some veteran stars. Most the cards are in decent condition, but that really wasn’t my concern. I needed a decent base to start with. The rough-around-the-edge cards I can always replace if I feel the need.
Here are a few cards that stuck out.
What is the giant hill behind Glenn Abbot and Danny Goodwin? My guess is this is spring training in the desert?
All three of these young players ended up with for the Twins at least once; Two of them would get a World Series ring with the Twins too.
The crowd behind Bill Lee is literally standing next to the field. Where was this? It looks crowded too.
Bruce Boisclair’s bat is metal. My guess is batting practice. How common is it for major league players to use a metal bat?
Steve Stone is wearing some kind of v-neck jersey. Whatever it is, it looks hot.
Mark Lee and my grandmother had the same glasses.
This set is going to be a lot of fun. I really like the character some of the photos bring. I just wish I could get more backstory to some of these cards.
Fun fact: 1979 was the first year Topps printed their logo on the front of a card.