Tuesday, July 7, 2009

1979 Burger King Phillies #13 Pete Rose

I think (maybe) the first baseball card I remember seeing was the 1979 Burger King Pete Rose card. This card was a huge deal at the time, because it was Pete's first card as a Phillie. This is before traded sets and late releases, and Pete's regular 1979 Topps card featured him still as a Red. (Pete had signed with the Phillies via free agency following the 1978 season). A kid in our neighborhood (Bobby Wickward?) had been lucky enough to get the card, and between jumping curbs with our bikes and playing in Corson Park, he'd let us see it. It was entrenched firmly in Bobby's no-trade pile, although I tried valiantly to trade for it.

It seems now as if the 1979 and 1980 Burger King Phillies sets were produced in huge quantities, as they can usually be found fairly cheap on eBay.


Dean Family said...

Is this card airbrushed? It really looks like it.

Jim said...

Definitely airbrushed.