a baseball card celebration of the dodgers and the infield of my youth.
17 June 2010
1978 topps bill north - the card that should have been
i mentioned a while back that i am creating my own 1978 topps burger king/update kind of set, featuring all of the players who appeared in a game for the 1977 and/or 1978 dodgers who did not appear (as a dodger) on a 1978 topps card.
one such player is bill north.
i used a photo from steve's baseball photography pages, and i think it turned out great - especially given the fact that you can see dodger stadium's right field pavilion and scoreboard in the background.
i also created a back, which was pretty easy since north was already in the 1978 set. just a couple of text changes and i was done.
here's north's actual 1978 topps card - big smile, and a whole lotta yellow:
the dodgers acquired north in may of 1978 for glenn burke. he underperformed in la, and left as a free agent, heading back to the bay area (this time with the giants) for the 1979 season. as a dodger, he scored 54 runs in 110 games, stole 27 bases, and managed to get on base at a .371 clip, but his slugging percentage was an anemic .266. of his 71 hits, only 10 were for extra bases and those were all doubles. he went 0 for 8 in the 1978 nlcs against the phillies, and 1 for 8 that same year in the world series against the yankees. not surprising, i guess, as in 59 career post season at bats, north had just 3 hits. still, he was the dodgers' primary center fielder during his brief stay, and for that i salute him.
i'm keeping a running checklist of the cards i have created for this set over on the right sidebar. check 'em out and let me know what you think!
here's to you 1978 topps bill north - the card that should have been!
bold means card is part of pending trade/transaction
1 - 2007 topps chrome takashi saito blue refractor
2 -2016 topps allen & ginter #16 trayce thompson
3 - 1996 fleer team leaders #21 mike piazza
4 - 2016 topps chrome #58 joc pederson
5 - 1987 fleer league leaders #43 bob welch
6 - 1989 topps uk mini #30 kirk gibson
7 - 1989 woolworth's #4 orel hershiser
8 - 1989 woolworth's #19 tim belcher
9 - 1989 woolworth's #29 tim belcher
bonus non-dodger cards - 2016 panini diamond kings vladimir guerrero
you will be rewarded!
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(1) = initial trade package
(2) = completed trade package
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let's trade, part 2
i collect dodgers cards, any and all cards featuring steve garvey, ron cey, dave lopes or bill russell, all topps cards of the players who were featured in the 1978 topps set as dodgers, cards featuring dodger stadium, o-pee-chee variations, cards showing memorial patches and/or armbands, and cards showing the double play turn at second base. i am also currently working on my 1971 topps set. i have a lot of cards to trade!