#CardCorner: 1977 Topps Rich Gossage
It’s the wish of every card collector I’ve ever met: Go back in time and snap up players from the years prior to your discovery of this wonderful hobby.
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Sure, we can go to card shows and fill holes in our collections. We can rummage through stacks of commons at the local memorabilia store… but it’s not the same. Nothing topps (not a typo) the feeling of opening those single packs, tossing aside the gum and hoping against hope your favorite player is hidden within.
Such was my destiny in the spring of 1978 when I discovered baseball cards. For the next six years, I painstakingly bought, sorted and cared for those cardboard gems – memorizing the stats on the back and falling in love with the game.
But by the time the mid-1980s had arrived, it was clear that my collection – which had once seemed so massive to my pre-teen self – was little more than a drop in the bucket in the baseball card universe. It also struck me that there was no apparent reason I began to collect cards in 1978. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what I must have been doing throughout 1977.
Which brings us to the 1977 Topps Rich Gossage card.
Whether it was the plain white background – which made the set pale in comparison with the Technicolor 1975 Topps or the cool position figurines on the 1976 Topps – or the fact that 1978 will always be my favorite set, I just couldn’t get excited about Topps’ 1977 offerings. As much as I wanted to want them (yes, 1970s rockers Cheap Trick roll through my brain as I write this), it just wasn’t in the cards (pun intended).
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
For the first time in the Museum’s history we will take a comprehensive look at the history of baseball cards, collecting and the connection generations of fans have had to these Shoebox Treasures. We are in the midst of a public campaign to “get us home” and make Shoebox Treasures, the name of this exciting new exhibit, a reality. Will you consider making a one-time gift to help us reach our goal?
You can donate at www.baseballhall.org/shoeboxtreasures to help ensure that Shoebox Treasures will open in 2019.