#127 Chet Lemon
#128 Bill Russell
#129 Jim Colborn
#130 Jeff Burroughs
#131 Bert Blyleven
#132 Enos Cabell
Good: The three cards in the right column all use the photos to enhance the design. We have two script "Dodgers" in close proximity on Russell's card, a nice full "Atlanta Braves" on Burrough's card, and a block "Astros" and script "Astros" on Cabell's card. I love it.
Bad: Apparrently, Chet Lemon is a zombie. According to the back of his card, he doesn't "possess excellent speed" but rather he is "possessed with excellent speed." I believe the way to ward off that evil plague is to wear a brick on a chain around one's neck. Also, what does having a sure glove have to do with being a brilliant baserunner?
Good: It's hard not to love the Lemon photo as an excellent example of the White Sox's uniform of the period.
Also, the Colburn photo is great since there must have been a woman pulling her top off in the upper deck, since that's the only reason Topps would have used such a dumb photo, since Colburn refused to look away from that spot.
Bad: If you've got a guy like Burroughs wearing Coke bottle eyeglasses, please try to shoot him from the front, not the side.
If you look quickly at Cabell's photo, you might think his little soul patch beard is sticking out quite a bit. But look more carefully: that's actually a person in the background, right along the edge of Cabell's face. Are you kidding me? What a terrible photo choice.
Russell once had 9 total bases in a game, and the Dodgers won 12-11. You'd think that Russell had 4 or 5 RBIs in that game, but with his triple, homer, and two singles, he got only that 1 RBI. Kind of amazing. That game was also the only time in his career that he got on base 5 times.
Colburn had one of the lowest strikeout rates in a 20-win season during the last 50 years.
When it comes to MVP awards, voters are usually seduced by big HR and RBI totals without much regard for the actual value of those numbers. Not so in 1977, though, where Burroughs hit 41 HR but finished 16th in the NL MVP voting. A big reason for that was George Foster's 52 HR the same year. But also, that season puts Burroughs in the top 10 for worst 40-HR seasons from an OPS+ perspective. To hit that many homers and still have an OPS+ under 130 is pretty difficult to do, unless you played at Coors field in the late 1990s (as was the case with 5 of the top 18 seasons on that list.)
I have already writetn tons online about Bert Blyleven. The guy belongs in the Hall of Fame without question. See here and here.
Enos Cabell had a pretty poor stolen base precentage. I'm surprised he isn't higher on this list of most times caught stealing for guys with no more than 250 career stolen bases. there are some really poor ratios on there, such as for Pete Rose and Alfredo Griffin.
Hall of Famers: 15
Future managers: 11
(+1 for Russell)
Fathers and sons of major leaguers: 8
(+1 for Sean Burroughs, son of Jeff.)
Loyalty counter: 13
(+1 for Russell)
Rookies of the Year: 9
Total all-star appearances: 291
(+3 for Chet the Jet, +3 for Russell, +1 for Colborn, +2 for Burroughs, +2 for Blyleven)
Total MVP awards: 12
(+1 for Burroughs)
Total Cy Young awards: 6