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1979 Burger King Baseball

By Patrick Mondout

For the third (and final) year in a row, Topps produced a pair of 22 card teams set for Burger King in 1979. This time it was the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. The cards were given out in restaurants in those markets.

The cards are virtually identical to the Topps standard set with only the card numbers on the back varying. The exceptions to this are noted in the checklist below and include a Pete Rose showing him in a Phillies uniform plus Luis Tiant and Tommy John in pinstripes. In addition, the Ron Guidry card features the photo used in his '79 Topps Record Breaker card and the only separate manager card the company printed in 1979 is included (Danny Ozark of the Phillies; see below).

Customers received three cards plus a checklist (see below) wrapped in cellophane with an order of large fries. So after a few as eight orders of greasy fries, you might be lucky enough to have all 22 different cards. In reality, 15 trips or more were needed to complete a set. Between all the Hostess Twinkies, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes and BK Whoppers, baseball card fans put on a few pounds in 1979.

1979 Burger King at a Glance
Manager Checklist Guidry


This set is also mentioned here. Here is a complete checklist for each set:

New York Yankees
1 Yankees Team Photo
2 Thurman Munson
3 Cliff Johnson
4 Ron Guidry*
5 Jay Johnstone
6 Jim Hunter
7 Jim Beattie
8 Luis Tiant*
9 Tommy John*
10 Rich Gossage
11 Ed Figueroa
12 Chris Chambliss
13 Willie Randolph
14 Bucky Dent
15 Graig Nettles
16 Fred Stanley
17 Jim Spencer
18 Lou Piniella
19 Roy White
20 Mickey Rivers
21 Reggie Jackson
22 Juan Beniquez*
Philadelphia Phillies
1 Danny Ozark (Manager)
2 Bob Boone
3 Tim McCarver
4 Steve Carlton
5 Larry Christenson
6 Dick Ruthven
7 Ron Reed
8 Randy Lerch
9 Warren Brusstar
10 Tug McGraw
11 Nino Espinosa*
12 Doug Bird*
13 Pete Rose*
14 Manny Trillo*
15 Larry Bowa
16 Mike Schmidt
17 Pete Mackanin*
18 Jose Cardenal
19 Greg Luzinski
20 Garry Maddox
21 Bake McBride
22 Greg Gross*
* - Indicates different front than '78 Topps card for this player.
** - Short printed (more scarce).



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Year: 1979

Manufacturer: Burger King

# of Cards: 44 (Checklist)

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Size: 2 x 3

Image courtesy of Burger King

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