Category Archives: George Foster Collection

1979 Topps – 1978 RBI Leaders Featuring George Foster & Jim Rice

1979 Topps – 1978 RBI Leaders Featuring George Foster & Jim Rice

This baseball card comes to you courtesy of the 1979 Topps baseball card set.  The card proudly celebrates the RBI League Leaders from both the American League and National League from the 1978 baseball season.

The 2 leaders?? 

How about George Foster and Jim Rice – two true run producing machines!!!

Here is the card:

As for the numbers, Jim Rice led all of baseball with 139 RBI.  Foster was the NL leader with 120. 

Go Get ‘Em Boys!!!

George Foster 1982 Topps Traded

George Foster 1982 Topps Traded

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the first baseball card of George Foster in his New York Mets uniform!!

 

Far from a stunner, this card does mark a moment in baseball history that needs to be recognized – another member of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine was leaving the Reds.

First was Tony Perez.  Then it was Joe Morgan.  And then George Foster.

It’s sad to see how this team was so drastically changed just a few short years after dominating the baseball world for two full seasons.

I really wish that they had one more title to call their own…  I’m sure that those guys do as well.

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George Foster 1976 Topps

George Foster 1976 Topps

George Foster played 11 years for the Reds.  And from 1976-78, he may have been their most potent offensive threat.  Foster crushed 121 home runs in that 3-year span while driving in 290 runs.  Winner of the 1977 MVP award, Foster was the runner-up in 1976 and finished in 6th place in 1978.

During Foster’s 11-year stay in Cincy, he was a 5-time All-star.  He hit .286 during that span, along with 244 home runs, 1,276 hits, scoring 680 runs, and driving in an additional 861.  Foster was a key part of the Reds’ success and was a big reason that the ‘Big Red Machine’ was so dominant.

Foster was a member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Series championship teams.

George Foster 1975 Topps

George Foster 1975 Topps

George Foster played 11 years for the Reds.  And from 1976-78, he may have been their most potent offensive threat.  Foster crushed 121 home runs in that 3-year span while driving in 290 runs.  Winner of the 1977 MVP award, Foster was the runner-up in 1976 and finished in 6th place in 1978.

During Foster’s 11-year stay in Cincy, he was a 5-time All-star.  He hit .286 during that span, along with 244 home runs, 1,276 hits, scoring 680 runs, and driving in an additional 861.  Foster was a key part of the Reds’ success and was a big reason that the ‘Big Red Machine’ was so dominant.

Foster was a member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Series championship teams.

1978 Topps – 1977 Home Run Leaders Featuring George Foster & Jim Rice

1978 Topps – 1977 Home Run Leaders Featuring George Foster & Jim Rice

As I mentioned last week, George Foster appeared on a lot of League Leader baseball cards in the late 1970s.

And this one is the sister to the 1977 RBI League Leaders card that I shared with you last week.

This one honors the top sluggers from the 1977 baseball season.

And in 1977, George Foster was king!!!

Once the season was completed, Foster’s tally was 52 round-trippers.  He easily outdistanced the second-place finisher, Jeff Burroughs, who hit 41.  Jim Rice paced the American League with 39. 

 

George Foster 1978 Topps – 1977 Runs Batted In League Leaders

George Foster 1978 Topps – 1977 Runs Batted In League Leaders

It has been well documented on this blog as to just how dominant George Foster was during the 1977 baseball season.

He was named the league’s MVP at the of that season, an honor that he fully deserved.

I have added one more of the many cards that pay homage to that  legendary MVP season.

This card comes courtesy of the 1978 Topps baseball card set, and it honors the RBI league leaders from the ’77 season.

Have a look:

And since the card does not tell you on the front, I will tell you here that Foster led the NL with 149 RBI while Hisle paced the AL with 119.

Yes, he had 149 RBI in 158 games played!!!

George Foster 1980 Topps

George Foster 1980 Topps

By the time that the 1980 baseball season rolled around, the nucleus of ‘The Big Red Machine’ was starting to drift apart.

Pete Rose was gone.

Joe Morgan was gone.

Tony Perez was gone.

Still, George Foster remained.  And he still performed very well for the team.

And while his power numbers were down from just a few season before, Foster led the club with 25 home runs, one more than catcher Johnny Bench.  He also led the team in RBI with 93.

It is pretty safe to assume that without the threats of Rose, Morgan, and Perez in the line-up that Foster was not seeing the same pitches he was getting in prior seasons.

Still, hitting .273 with 25 homers and 93 RBI is not too shabby!!

1979 Topps – 1978 Home Run Leaders Featuring George Foster & Jim Rice

1979 Topps – 1978 Home Run Leaders Featuring George Foster & Jim Rice

George Foster was mashing home runs at a crazy pace in the late 1970’s.  In today’s era, fans and media would speculate foul play, but back in the ’70s Foster was on a mission and the end result was a lot of longballs!!!

During the 1978 baseball season, George Foster paced the National League with 40 home runs.  And his counterpart in the American League, Jim Rice, led the AL with 46.

This is not the first time that these two players would be featured together on a League Leaders card…

Stay tuned for more!

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George Foster 1982 Topps Tri-Fecta – Base, All-Star, ‘In Action’

George Foster 1982 Topps Tri-Fecta – Base, All-Star, ‘In Action’

I thought I would triple your fun this morning with this trio of baseball cards featuring George Foster.  All of the cards were a part of the 1982 Topps baseball card set.

By my count, this is the most single player cards that Foster appears on from a single issue.

You’ve got the ‘In Action’, All-Star, and base cards below.

Check them out:

Of the three, I have put them in the order in which I would rank them.  I’ll always take an action photo over a posed one.  And when it comes to portrait-styled images, I will take a zoomed-out version over a zoomed-in…

I get to cross three Foster cards off of my ‘Needs’ list with this post.  Very, very cool!!!

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1977 Topps – 1976 RBI League Leaders Featuring George Foster & Lee May

1977 Topps – 1976 RBI League Leaders Featuring George Foster & Lee May

Due to his supreme ability to hit home runs and drive in runs at a rampant pace, George Foster was represented on a lot of baseball cards honoring the League Leaders during the late 1970’s.

This card is from the 1977 Topps baseball card set: 

The card honors the 1976 RBI leaders for each league.

Lee May was the American League leader with 109 RBI in 1976.  George Foster paced the National League with 121 runs driven in.

Atta Boy Georgie!!