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1978 Burger King Baseball

By Patrick Mondout

Topps produced a set of four 22 card team sets for Burger King in 1978 for distribution in Houston, Dallas, New York and Detroit. As with the previous year, the cards were distributed in cellophane packs of three cards with an unnumbered checklist.

As with all Topps/Burger King issues of the era, sufficient quantities of the cards entered the hobby through backdoor deals to ensure relatively low prices. Unlike in 1977, there is no particularly rare card, though there are a few valuable rookies.

The Tigers set is significant for the inclusion of full rookie cards of Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, and Jack Morris (in contrast to their "shared with three other guys" rookie cards in the regular set). Dave Bergman and Jesus Alou of the Astros and Bobby Thompson of the Rangers appear in the Burger King sets but not the '78 Topps set on which these cards are based. A few of the players are pictured in their new uniforms in contrast to their '78 Topps card, where they are still pictured in their old uniforms (that would be those players not listed above that have an asterisk next to their name in the checklist below).

The cards are virtually identical to the classic '78 Topps set, with the exceptions mentioned above and the card numbers on the back.

Whoa!

So which one is the fake? If you're not familiar with the '78 BK Tigers, you might think they all are, but the first three (Whitaker, Trammell, Morris) are real. Just for fun I created the Lance Parrish from a slide we own (from longtime Fleer photographer Lou Sauritch) since he really should have been included.


This set is also mentioned here. Here is a complete checklist for the four sets:

Detroit Tigers
1 Ralph Houk (Manager)
2 Milt May
3 John Wockenfuss
4 Mark Fidrych
5 Dave Rozema
6 Jack Billingham*
7 Jim Slaton*
8 Jack Morris*
9 John Hiller
10 Steve Foucault
11 Milt Wilcox
12 Jason Thompson
13 Lou Whitaker*
14 Aurelio Rodriguez
15 Alan Trammell*
16 Steve Dillard*
17 Phil Mankowski
18 Steve Kemp
19 Ron LeFlore
20 Tim Corcoran
21 Mickey Stanley
22 Rusty Staub
New York Yankees
1 Billy Martin (Manager)
2 Thurman Munson
3 Cliff Johnson
4 Ron Guidry
5 Ed Figueroa
6 Dick Tidrow
7 Jim Hunter
8 Don Gullett
9 Sparky Lyle
10 Rich Gossage*
11 Rawly Eastwick*
12 Chris Chambliss
13 Willie Randolph
14 Graig Nettles
15 Bucky Dent
16 Jim Spencer*
17 Fred Stanley
18 Lou Piniella
19 Roy White
20 Mickey Rivers
21 Reggie Jackson
22 Paul Blair
Houston Astros
1 Bill Virdon (Manager)
2 Joe Ferguson
3 Ed Herrmann
4 JR Richard
5 Joe Niekro
6 Floyd Bannister
7 Joaquin Andujar
8 Ken Forsch
9 Mark Lemongello
10 Joe Sambito
11 Gene Pentz
12 Bob Watson
13 Julio Gonzalez
14 Enos Cabell
15 Roger Metzger
16 Art Howe
17 Jose Cruz
18 Cesar Cedeno
19 Terry Puhl
20 Wilbur Howard
21 Dave Bergman**
22 Jesus Alou**
Texas Rangers
1 Billy Hunter (Manager)
2 Jim Sundberg
3 John Ellis
4 Doyle Alexander
5 Jon Matlack*
6 Dock Ellis
7 Doc Medich
8 Fergie Jenkins*
9 Len Barker
10 Reggie Cleveland*
11 Mike Hargrove
12 Bump Wills
13 Toby Harrah
14 Bert Campaneris
15 Sandy Alomar
16 Kurt Bevacqua
17 Al Oliver*
18 Juan Beniquez
19 Claudell Washington
20 Richie Zisk
21 John Lowenstein*
22 Bobby Thompson**
* - Indicates different front than '78 Topps card for this player.
** - This player did not have a '78 Topps card.


 

 

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1978 BURGER KING BASEBALL

Year: 1978

Manufacturer: Burger King

# of Cards: 88 (Checklist)

Value/Price: Check eBay (see links below)

Size: 2 x 3

Image courtesy of Burger King


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