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1978 Topps Baseball #313 - Andy Etchebarren
Andy Etchebarren was sold to the Milwaukee Brewers before the 1978 season. Etchebarren was expected to compete with Larry Haney for a position as a backup catcher. There was speculation that whoever didn't make the team would end up as a bullpen coach or ha...
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1978 Topps Baseball #310 - Don Sutton
As I have gone through this set I've noticed some cards that need to be upgraded. This card is the most obvious example so far. It was probably cut out of a magazine. I must have had some pretty poor scissor skills when I was 11 years old. Don Sutton won 15...
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1978 Topps Baseball #304 - John Milner
John Milner went from the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 4-team trade that also involved the Texas Rangers and the Atlanta Braves. The Pirates also acquired Bert Blyleven as part of the deal. Milner platooned with Bill Robinson in left field i...
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1978 Topps Baseball #306 - Joe Niekro
Joe Niekro became a full-time starter in 1978. He was mostly a reliever from 1971-1977. Niekro would be a starting pitcher for the rest of his career (he retired in 1988). The 33-year-old Niekro was the oldest pitcher on the Houston staff. His 14 victories ...
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1978 Topps Baseball #303 - Sam Hinds
Sam Hinds was a tall pitcher who was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971. Hinds didn't sign with the Cardinals. Hinds tried out with the Milwaukee Brewers during spring training in 1974 and showed enough to earn a minor league contract . S...
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1978 Topps Baseball #301 - Buddy Schultz
Interesting that even though Buddy Schultz spent the entire 1977 season with the St. Louis Cardinals that Topps couldn't come up with a recent picture of him. This is an airbrushed picture from about 1976. Buddy Schultz was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 19...
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1978 Topps Baseball #311 - Jose Baez
Jose Baez probably owed his short 2-year major league career to expansion. His entire major league experience was with the expansion Seattle Mariners. Jose was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1971. Baez played in the Dodgers' system from 1972-1976. He ...
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1978 Topps Baseball #309 - Cliff Johnson
Here's another Yankee Stadium picture with the Brut billboard in the background. Cliff Johnson was used mainly as a DH and pinch hitter in 1978. He played a few games behind the plate as well. It was the worst offensive season of Johnson's 15 year career. 1...
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1978 Topps Baseball #308 - Jim Rooker
Jim Rooker was getting close to the end of the line in 1978. Rooker slipped to nine wins after five straight years of double figures in victories. He was the #4 starter in the rotation.  1978 Stats : 9-11, 4.24 ERA in 28 starts 1978 Highlights : July 1 - Sh...
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1978 Topps Baseball #305 - Rico Carty
Rico Carty was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training for Dennis DeBarr. Carty didn't play in the field for the entire season. Carty had one of his best seasons -- he hit a career-high 31 home runs and just missed the 100 RBI mark. Carty was...
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1978 Topps Baseball #302 - Chicago Cubs
The 1978 Chicago Cubs were a pretty average team. They were pretty good for the first half of the season and were in first place in the NL East as late as June 23. But the team had only one player in double figures in home runs (Dave Kingman) and only one p...
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1978 Topps Baseball #300 - Joe Morgan
This was the year when Joe Morgan really started to slow down after several years as the bese second baseman in baseball. Joe still made the NL All Star team this season and in the following season.  1978 Stats : .236, 13 HR, 75 RBI in 132 games 1978 Highli...
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