rick sutcliffe debuted in 1976, but didn't get any cardboard love from topps until 1980. although he didn't appear in the big leagues in 1977, he was a member of the 1978 dodgers, and so he deserves a spot in my 1978 topps burger king dodgers/update set. here is the 1978 topps rick sutcliffe card that should have been:mrmopar turned me on to after my initial enzo hernandez posting. i quickly found one on ebay and have been enjoying it ever since. here's the back of sut's card:
it wasn't until his second appearance of the 1979 season (his 5th career appearance) that sutcliffe was touched for a run. in relief of andy messersmith, sutcliffe allowed a hit and a walk before mike lum of the braves drove in gary matthews to give the eventual national league rookie of the year his first run allowed.
sutcliffe was featured in the 1978 dodgers yearbook, so i pulled that image onto the 1978 topps template as i had for ron washington and rafael landestoy
looks like sut is lovin' life - before tommy left him off the postseason roster; before the beard (better than affleck's, not quite as good as kristofferson's); before drunk tv interviews; and before concern for erin andrews' skirt.
here's to you, rick sutcliffe and your 1978 topps burger king dodgers/update card that should have been!