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1977 Baseball Cards

By Patrick Mondout

Topps produced their first set of cards for Burger King in 1977, as well as finally marketing a set of cloth stickers after years of unreleased test printings dating back to at least 1972. O-Pee-Chee's set featured less cards than in previous years, but more unique photos. Topps produced the last of their 660 card sets, featuring rookie cards of Andre Dawson and Dale Murphy. The appearance of those two made this set red hot in 1982-83.

1977 Cards at a Glance
Hostess released its second annual set of panels were released in 1977. Read more including a checklist here.
Read about Kellogg's sixth annual set and view a checklist here
MSA continued to print up scores of these discs, usually for smaller retailers who could not afford to put out their own set (read more in our 1976 coverage). Sponsors for 1977 include Burger Chef (Funmeal), Chilly Willee, Dairy Isle, Detroit Caesars (a slo-pitch softball team!), Holiday Inn (see left), Pepsi, Saga, Wendy's, and Zip's. Discs with blank backs can be found as well as ones advertising the MSA customization service itself.

O-Pee-Chee starting abridging Topps' sets again in 1977. The card count was all the way down to 264. Our coverage of the 1977 O-Pee-Chee baseball cards is here.

Minor league sets of note include the Modesto A's (Rickey Henderson), Newark Co-Pilots (Kevin Bass), Evansville Triplets (Jack Morris, Lance Parrish), Salem (Tony Pena), Bristol Red Sox (John Tudor), St. Petersburg (Tommy Herr), Indianapolis Indians (Ron Oester, Tom Hume, and Mario Soto), Charleston Patriots (Pascual Perez), Spokane Indians (Gorman Thomas), Appleton Foxes (Steve Trout), and the Cedar Rapids Giants (Bob Brenly). The TCMA sets could be purchased directly from the company for $3.50 each.

Our coverage of Topps 1977 baseball set of 660 cards is here and a complete checklist is here.
Topps produced a set of cards for Burger King to distribute in the New York area. Read more about these cards here.
The Topps Cloth Stickers finally received a proper set after test issues in (at least) 1970, 1972, and 1976. The 55 card (73 if you include the unnumbered puzzle pieces) set was released in late summer. A checklist is here


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