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Card-by-Yankees Card: The 1977 Topps Set (Article 1)

Card-by-Yankees Card: The 1977 Topps Set, Graig Nettles, Card #2 (Article 1)

By Paul Semendinger


Note - More than three years ago, I started a lengthy project where I wrote stories about the baseball cards featuring each Yankee in the 1977 Topps set - the first year I collected baseball cards. I never finished this project, but I intend to. But before we get to that point, I plan to re-publish each of the previous articles in this series. In the years since this project started, we have countless new readers to the site and I'd like to re-visit the initial articles (there are 114 articles in this series so far) to allow everyone to get up-to-date. I plan to review and revise each article, as needed, along the way. Enjoy!!!


The first Yankee to appear on a 1977 Topps baseball card, if one is going in number order, is Graig Nettles who appears as the American League Home Run Leader on card #2.

Regular readers to this blog know that Graig Nettles was my favorite player growing up. As a kid first getting cards, I don’t recall thinking much of this card other than the fact that it pictured a Yankees player. As I was first getting into the game, I had a few preconceived notions that I have probably never fully grown out of:

First, I had this expectation that Yankees players should be on leaders cards.

Next, I thought that being a Yankee meant that the player was the best at his position. I thought every Yankee was great. Along with that, I looked up to all of the Yankees players as super heroes. I thought they were all bigger than life (and they were) and possessed other worldly skills (which, in some regards, they also did).

Finally, I thought it was preordained that the Yankees should have the best players and that they should always win.

Nettles hit 32 homers to lead the league in 1976. He would hit 37 in 1977, five more than his previous output, but he wouldn’t lead the league that year. The league leader in 1977 was Jim Rice who clubbed 39 homers for the Red Sox. Nettles and Bobby Bonds (California Angels) were tied for second in the league with 37 each.

At the time I first saw this card, I probably didn’t know how special it was that Graig Nettles was the home run champ. I didn’t know that he’d never lead the league in any major category again. When I first saw this card, I don’t even think Nettles had evolved into becoming my favorite player. It was just a card of a Yankee… and that’s what made it special.

Over the years since, this has become one of my favorite baseball cards of all-time.

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20 พ.ย. 2566

Back in the day, when the home run leaders, hit less than 40.


20 พ.ย. 2566

"First, I had this expectation that Yankees players should be on leaders cards.

Me too. My first set of baseball cards (1962) had Maris and Mantle on lots of leader cards. Not only that, there was the annual World Series cards (one per game) that always featured the Yankees, that is, up until 1965.


Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
19 พ.ย. 2566

The was supposed to be published at 2:00, I'm not sure why there was a delay.

Alan B.
Alan B.
19 พ.ย. 2566

I read it at 2pm. Even made a comment. Oh well. Puff was worthy of being a favorite player of guys our age. Mine was our Captain, #15. When I was 15 (1983), they made us buy jerseys with numbers on them four our school soccer team. They refused to give me #15. Well, I told them, give me my number or keep your damn jersey. I got my number. Best part? No name on the back!

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