#31 Glenn Abbott
#32 Garry Templeton
#33 Dave Lemanczyk
#34 Willie McCovey
#35 Sparky Lyle
#36 Eddie Murray All-Star Rookie
The Murray card I have has been PSA graded, which is why it's scanned separately here.
Good: The script used for the team names is unusual in some ways, such as the lower-case "r"s. Check them out in "Mariners" and especially in "Cardinals" above. Note how high the r's go, all the way up over Templeton's belt. The way the Cardinals name overlaps Templeton's belt gives that card a very nice framed quality.
Bad: What is the deal with giving McCovey a card number like #34? Topps was already giving good numbers to stars by this time, and although he was at the tail end of his career, McCovey was coming off a good year in 1978 and was still a major star. That was really unkind of Topps, I think.
Also the hot pink and green cards just keep coming and coming, with a Cardinals card this time.
Good: Heck yeah, we've got two awesome photos here. Firstly, the McCovey card is simply beautiful. The parallelism between the "Giants" team name both on the card and on his jersey is great. The pose is great, and the coloring is spot-on with all the black and orangey-red. Secondly, the Murray card is just an absolute classic. The guy looks like such a god damn bad ass, and he really was. It's such a close-up shot and Murray has such a stern look. You can't bare look away but also can't help but get a chill.
Anybody voting for anything other than McCovey or Murray here is crazy.
Bad: The Lyle photo is clearly mere milliseconds after the photo used on his Record Breaker card #2, which is no big deal, just thought I'd point that out.
The real loser here is Dave Lemanczyc, caught not only with a bizarre collared shirt under his jersey, but a badly pressed collared shirt at that. How embarrassing.
For pitchers with at least 1200 IP since 1960, Glenn Abbott had one of the lowest strikeout rates. His walk rate was pretty good but his hit rate was high, leading to a career 1.366 career WHIP.
In his all-star season of 1979, Lemanczyk went 8-10 despite an ERA+ of 116. Overall, his neutralized record was 45-54 (.455) as compared to what he actually got: 37-63 (.370). This guy was royally screwed.
Which pitcher gave up the most homers to McCovey? That would be Don Drysdale, with 12.
Sparky Lyle has the most wild pitches (66) by a pitcher who never started a single game since 1901.
Murray's the only player with at least 1 triple every season from 1977 to 1994.
Hall of Famers: 10
(+1 for McCovey again, +1 for Steady Eddie Murray)
(I'm pretty sure that Garry Templeton's soul died a long time ago, but I don't think that counts.)
Future managers: 4
Fathers and sons of major leaguers: 4
(Murray's brother Rich played in the big leagues, although I'm not adding that to the counter)
Loyalty counter: 2
Rookies of the Year: 6
(+1 for McCovey again, +1 for Murray)
Total all-star appearances: 147
(+3 for Templeton, +1 for Lemanczyk, +6 for McCovey again, +3 for Lyle again, +8 for Murray)
Total MVP awards: 5
(+1 for McCovey again)
Total Cy Young awards: 2
(+1 for Lyle again)