Tuesday, March 5, 2019

More 1979 Alt-Topps

Team Cards, Rookies and Traded

For the team cards, I mirrored the 1979 set format of incorporating the managers into the team cards. I chose the Mets and he White Sox because of their use of player/managers.  

Don Kessinger began the 1979 season as the White Sox player/manager. Torre was named player/manager of the Mets in May of 1977. But he felt he couldn't play and perform his managerial duties and retired from playing 18 days later.

The 1979 Awards had ties in for NL MVP and for AL Rookies of the Year. John Castino was the Twins third baseman. I added Dave Edwards to his Rookie Stars card.

Tying Castino for ROY honors was Alfredo Griffin. In the 1979 Topps set he is depicted on an Indians Prospects card. This despite being dealt to the Blue Jays in early December 1978. Here I paired him with two-sport star, Danny Ainge.

On the senior circuit the sole Rookie of the Year was Dodgers pitcher Rick Sutcliffe. He shares his Rookie Stars card with future All-Star Pedro Guerrero.

There were a couple big-name transactions in the 1978-1979 off season. First the Red Sox sent the Spaceman, Bill Lee to the Expos. He had a well publicized rift with manager Don Zimmer. In exchange they got utility infielder Stan Papi who could barely hit his own weight, and I believe a case of pine tar. Papi was dealt the following year as "the player to be named later".

Another big-name transaction was the free agent signing of Pete Rose. The Phillies signed him to a four year $3.2 contract making him the highest player in the game, at that time.


  1. WOW! As with before, only improvements on the original concepts and execution. Your rookie cards are better by a country mile. There was no excuse (in the late 70's) for Topps to fob off a bunch of cheapo "b&w" shots for rookie cards at that date. Also enjoy your inclusion of a "traded set" which the geniuses in Duryea PA had dropped by then. "Buzz" (Bryant)

  2. These are fantastic. Love the rookie combos and the traded cards. Keep up the great work!

    JT, The Writer's Journey

  3. Nice cards, especially the ones of Bill Lee and Pete Rose.

  4. Yeah, the traded cards are especially good. Fun fact: not only was Ainge a pro basketball and baseball player, he was also a heavily recruited football player. He was named first-team All-American in all three sports in high school. No other athlete has ever done that.