“Lost Cards”: The Year After, 1978

3 02 2014

1978

1978 Topps Brooks Robinson

Best Player to retire in 1977.   Brooks Robinson (Hall of Famer)

Did he have a 1978 card?   Sort of.

Robinson’s last base card was in the 1977 Topps set, but he did have a Record Breaker card in 1978 for playing the most years (23) with one club.  But nothing with his final statistical prowess.  Luckily, Uncle Doc has again provided us with a custom-made example of what might have been.

Was a “retro” card ever produced?   No – Topps hasn’t created a card showing Brooks on a 1978 design.  I don’t know of any 1978-specific retro sets – it’s not one of the more notable designs they’ve done.

Apologies to:   Joe Torre (now a Hall of Famer), who also has a subset-only card in the Then and Now portion of the set.  Torre, like Frank Robinson the year before, was finishing up his career as a player-manager.  

1978 Topps Joe Torre

Dick Allen also retired after the 1977 season, and as far as I know he doesn’t have a single card showing his one season with the Oakland A’s.

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