This weekend, I completed my 1977 Topps Baseball set from cards purchased second, third, and fourth-hand on Ebay and other websites. I was born in 1977, so it was natural that I would collect this set. Also, the Dodgers won the first of two consecutive NL pennants that year. I may upgrade the key cards at some point, but for now I’ll enjoy them for what they are – colorful reminders of baseball in the 1970’s.
The final two cards that I purchased are #450 Pete Rose All Star, and #120 Rod Carew All Star. The All Stars were dispersed throughout the set in 1977, and they had red and blue All Star banners at the bottoms. Carew was not only an All Star in 1976, but he was AL MVP in 1977.
The year 1977 is well known as the year Reggie Jackson became “Mr. October”, hitting three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. Actually, Reggie had been Mr. October in the early 1970’s with the A’s. However, Reggie only received the nickname after Thurman Munson gave it to him in a post-1977 World Series interview. Does anyone actually know a third member of those 1977 Yankees? That’s right, Louisiana Lightning Ron Guidry.
I also love the subset of “League Leaders” cards that Topps creates every year. It is simply a handful of cards depicting batting and pitching leaders for the previous season. It is a snapshot of that particular season. I mean, Strikeout Leaders Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan were prominent in 1970’s baseball. Sometimes Topps hides this subset in the middle of the set, but “League Leaders” were out front in 1977.
I may try to find better looking examples of some of the cards in this set, but that could prove difficult since most of the cards came from Topps with defects. Topps did not have good quality control in those days. I could also finish my 1981 Topps Baseball Set. The Dodgers actually won the World Series in that year.