#7 Reggie Jackson Record Breaker
#8 Mike Sadek
#9 Doug DeCinces
#10 Phil Niekro
#11 Rick Manning
#12 Don Aase
Good: Here's our first look at the cool script that the 1978 set is well known for, used to write the team name on each card. I also like how there is a white border around each team name that cuts into the lower left corner of the photo. It gives the cards a kind of "framed" look that was mastered later when fades were used regularly on cards starting in the early 1990s.
Bad: Where do I start? Firstly, the Reggie RB has the same problems with the stars as we saw on the first 6 RB cards. From there, most of the colorings picked for the cards are awful. I can live with the purple and orange on the Giants cards. And I can live with the gold and red on the Red Sox cards. But the rest...geez. We've got red and purple on an Orioles card, hot pink and green on a Braves card, and green and hot pink on an Indians card. What gives with those selections? Must be a 1970's thing. Also note how the "P" in the baseball on Aase's card is well off center to the right. That sort of misalignment was pretty common on cards before computer layout was used. Each card has the position centered a bit differently.
Good: Two of these cards are awesome. First, DeCinces' photo captures practically his entire shadow, and it's kind of a late-afternoon goofy shadow at that. I love it. And Niekro's card shows a nice shot of
Bad: The comment on the back of Manning's card, claiming him to be a top young center fielder, is a bit of a stretch considering how much time he missed in 1977. Aase's got his jersey number, 45, written on his sock. That's not quite so professional looking. And my, oh my, what can be said about DeCinces' mustache?
Good: Only 7 guys have 500 homers and 200 stolen bases. Reggie Jackson is one of them.
Bad: The back of Sadek's card says he was "an exceptionally fine bunter" which might be a bit of an exaggeration. He had 19 sac bunts in his career, with #5 on that list being the one mentioned on the card, coming off Charlie Hough.
Hall of Famers: 6
(+1 for Jackson, +1 for Niekro)
Future managers: 1
Fathers and sons of major leaguers: 1
Loyalty counter: 1
Rookies of the Year: 2
Total all-star appearances: 76
(+14 for Jackson, +1 for DeCinces, +5 for Niekro, +1 for Aase)
Total MVP awards: 4
(+1 for Jackson)
Total Cy Young awards: 1