1980 Topps parallels – Steve Carlton

19 04 2016

In my last post I brought up my next thing to go over for this monster that I’ve created called the Lifetime Topps Project.  The next 20+ posts will be the parallel cards I got from each year.

1980 Topps

Card I selected:  #210 – Steve Carlton

One thing about this part of the project, I want to select cards that have as many parallel cards as possible.  So I’m limited in this by players who have all cards in the various “parallel” sets.  There’s a Phillies set that was issued in Philly area Burger Kings, and there’s a national Burger King set called Pinch, Hit, Run.  Only Carlton and Pete Rose are in both, and I like the Carlton card better.  Carlton was also the 1980 Cy Young winner in a bit of a resurgence, helping the Phillies to their first World Series title.  So he’s a good pick from that perspective.

# of cards (including the Topps card):  4

The parallel sets in 1980 include:

  • O-Pee-Chee
  • Burger King Pinch, Hit, Run
  • Burger King Phillies


1980 Topps #210

1980 Topps Steve Carlton

1980 Topps Steve Carlton back

1980 O-Pee-Chee #113

1980 Topps Steve Carlton

1980 OPC Steve Carlton back

From 1965 to 1992, O-Pee-Chee issued a Canadian version of the Topps set.  The set was usually smaller than the actual Topps set, so it’s not numbered the same.  In 1980, it was 374 cards, a little more than half the size of the Topps set.  The front of the card is exactly the same as Topps.  There are 3 ways to tell the difference for this card, all on the back:

  • the different number.
  • the copyright says O-Pee-Chee and notes the card was printed in Canada.
  • the card is printed on white card stock.  Also, the cards tend to be poorly cut (as mine is) and much harder to find in good condition.

1980 Burger King Pinch, Hit, Run #2

1980 Burger King PHR Steve Carlton

1980 Burger King PHR Steve Carlton back

This 34-card set (33 players and a header card) was issued in participating Burger King restaurants in 1980 and contains cards of stars of the era.  Both Nolan Ryan and Joe Morgan are shown with their new team in 1980, the Astros, so they have a different picture from their 1980 Topps card.  There are a few others like that, too.  But Carlton has the same pose.  There are quite a few ways to differentiate this card from the Topps version:

  • The front has the BK logo in the top left where the position is on the other cards.  The words “collector’s series” appear above that at the top.
  • The card number is different.
  • The back is red.
  • There’s a “pinch hit run” cartoon in the cartoon section of the card.

1980 Burger King Phillies #15

1980 Topps Steve Carlton

1980 Burger King Phillies Steve Carlton back

This 23-card set (22 Phillies and a header) was handed out at local eastern PA Burger King restaurants.  It’s a Phillies team set from 1980.  There are actually a few guys in the team set that aren’t in the Topps set.  Like the O-Pee-Chee card, the front is indistinguishable from the Topps card.  On the back, you can differentiate the cards by:

  • The card number is different.
  • There is a BK logo where the Topps card has the card number.
  • The card number is moved to the right hand side.

The “Rainbow”:

1980 Topps Steve Carlton rainbow

Any sets I didn’t get:  There’s a very rare Topps Pepsi test set that was never released.  Topps sold off the cards from their vault in 2005.  The test cards include the 22 players with All-Star designations on their 1980 Topps cards.  Which means Carlton does have a card – I just don’t know if I’ll be willing to dole out the coin if I ever see it.

Other cards I would have liked to do:  George Foster, Joe Morgan, Nolan Ryan, Joe Niekro

Foster and Niekro have 2 of my favorite cards in the set.  Morgan and Ryan also have cool cards, and the BK Pinch, Hit, Run card has a different picture as I noted above.




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