#97 Stan Bahnsen
#98 Jim Essian
#99 Willie Hernandez
#100 George Brett
#101 Sid Monge
#102 Matt Alexander
Good: The cool design feature to notice is the All-Star shield on Brett's card. We've seen one already in this set, but here it's worth noting that Topps elimianted the baseball from the cards of the guys on the All-Star team and instead put their position inside the shield. Back in 1978, shields were still cool.
Bad: Naughty, naught. The "P" inside the baseball on Bahnsen's card is way off center, almost on the stitches.
Good: Essian's card is pretty cool. I really like the flags in the background--can anybody identify what those flags are for? I also really like the nearly full-body shadow on Alexander's card, plus the shadow of the batting cage.
Bad: Unfortunately, there's a lot to hate in this group. The three head shots on the left are all bad, with goofy expressions from all three guys. Those pajamas Bahnsen is wearing are ridiculous (although not the photographer's fault.) The Alexander photo is horrible, with so much overexposure that the logo on his cap isn't visible and his uniform looks lime green.
I also, perhaps surprisingly, hate the Brett card. I'm not a fan of players appearing without a cap or helmet, such as Tony Perez early in this set. I also don't like that Brett's got a huge wad of what is likely tobacco in his cheek. I know that the 1970s were not a time of addiction awareness and I can't really fault Topps for showing this photo, but to me it just doesn't stand up over time. I hate the card.
Bahnsen is the second most-recent Yankee to strike out the side in his major league debut.
I check most players' HR logs and Jim Essian's is unusual. It's rare to find a guy who has at least 2 homers more against one guy than against anybody else. In other words, players with fewer than 50 career HR usually have 1 against a bunch of guys and 2 against a few pitchers. In Essian's case, he had 3 off Paul Thormodsgard and 1 off everybody else. The same is true for guys with lots of homers. Reggie Jackson, for example, had 8 off Wilbur Wood, 7 against two guys, 6 against a handful of guys, etc.
Sid Monge has the 11th most-recent season with no more than 4 game starts and at least 2 complete games. Back on Sammy Stewart's page on the 88 Topps Cards blog, I noted how 3 guys did it in 1980.
Matt Alexander had only 36 career hits but did have two 3-hit games.
Hall of Famers: 13
(+1 for Brett)
Future managers: 9
(+1 for Essian)
Fathers and sons of major leaguers: 7
Loyalty counter: 12
(+1 for Brett)
Rookies of the Year: 9
(+1 for Bahnsen)
Total all-star appearances: 248
(+3 for Hernandez, +13 for Brett, +1 for Monge)
Total MVP awards: 10
(+1 for Hernandez, +1 for Brett)
Total Cy Young awards: 5
(+1 for Hernandez)