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1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – The Complete Set

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – The Complete Set

This was a fun set to review.  Taking a look back at the major headlines from the sport 30 years ago really puts into perspective how much the game and its players have changed over the course of 3 decades.

I also love to learn more about the players that paved the way for the stars of today.  Picking up extra knowledge and admiration for guys like Willie McCovey, Pete Rose, Lou Brock, and Carl Yastrzemski is never a bad thing when you are someone who loves and appreciates the history of the game like I do!!

Here’s a look at the complete 6-card set:

I hope you enjoyed learning about these guys and their amazing feats from the 1979 baseball season as much as I did.

I am certainly going to go after more subsets as I continue to find this to be great fun!!!  Thanks.

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #6

I was able to pick up this subset for a very low price.  It’s a 6-card set and it highlights some amazing accomplishments that occurred during the 1979 baseball season.

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #6

Headline – ‘Del Unser’s 3rd Consecutive Pinch Homer Sets New Big League Standard’

Text on the back – Philadelphia, July 10, 1979 – Phillies’ Del Unser belted a game-winning pinch-homer in the 9th inning tonight as Phillies beat the Padres, 6-5.  It was Unser’s 3rd straight homer as pinch-hitter, a new big league mark for batsmen.

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #5

I was able to pick up this subset for a very low price.  It’s a 6-card set and it highlights some amazing accomplishments that occurred during the 1979 baseball season.

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #5

Headline – “Garry Templeton Becomes 1st With 100 Hits From Each Side Of Plate”

Text on the back – St. Louis, September 28, 1979 – When Cardinals’ Garry Templeton surprised Mets with bunt single tonight, it marked hit 100th hit from right side of the plate.  He thus becomes the first switch-hitter in big league history with 100 hits from each side.

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #3

I was able to pick up this subset for a very low price.  It’s a 6-card set and it highlights some amazing accomplishments that occurred during the 1979 baseball season.

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #3

Headline – “Manny Mota sets all-time pinch mark with 145th substitute hit”

Text on the back – Los Angeles, September 2, 1979 – Dodgers’ Manny Mota smacked a pinch-single in the eight inning of tonight’s game to set major league record of 145 pinch hits.  The former mark of 144 was held by Smoky Burgess, catcher, 1949-1967.

30 years later – The new record holder is Lenny Harris who has 212 career pinch-hits.

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #2

I was able to pick up this subset for a very low price.  It’s a 6-card set and it highlights some amazing accomplishments that occurred during the 1979 baseball season.

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #1

Headline – ‘Willie McCovey’s 512th homer sets new mark for NL lefties’

Text on the back – Pittsburgh, June 9, 1979 0 Giants’ Willie McCovey tonight belted a 3-run Pinch-Homer to highlight Giants’ 6-2 win over Pirates.  The wallop was the 512th of McCovey’s career, setting a new NL mark for lefties.  The record of 511 homers was held by Mel Ott.

30 years later – With 521 career home runs to his credit, McCovey ranks in 7th place on the all-time home run list for left-handed batters.