Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #11 – 1978 Topps Design

Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #11 – 1978 Topps Design

One of my 2013 collecting goals was to complete the 1999 Topps Nolan Ryan Commemorative baseball card set. The set features a re-print of each of Ryan’s base cards issued by Topps from his rookie season to his final season.

This is the 11th card in the set, a re-print of Ryan’s 1978 Topps baseball card:

11

Nolan Ryan was enjoying his 12th season in the major leagues when the 1978 season started.  And he was just 31 years old…

The results??  Fair.

I guess you could call it a ‘down’ year for Ryan.  The numbers: 10-13 in 31 starts, 3.72 ERA, 14 complete games, 3 shutouts, 148 walks given up, 260 strikeouts in 234.2 innings of work, 13 wild pitches, and a 10.0 K per 9 innings ratio.

Far from horrible, but far from Ryan-esque as well…

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