you dodger fans out there are probably familiar with the 1979 dodger blue card set. it is named as such because it was distributed in 1979, and the back says 'go dodger blue!' along with some other information. i am wishing right about now that i had scanned one of the backs, but oh well (thanks comc!). the other thing that strikes me about the set is that many (about half) of the cards feature a blue background. i think this might just be a photographer's background, as it seems to be a different shade of blue than the outfield walls at dodger stadium. but then again, maybe the photos were taken in vero beach where there may or may be such a blue wall in existence.
there is one more thing that i noticed right away when i first picked up the set ten years ago or so. here's dusty baker's card. see if you notice what i noticed.1976 national league centennial patch (thanks for the link jerry reuss) which was worn in, of course, 1976. so, the set features photos that are three years old. here's the penguin.
no problem seeing the patch on burt hooton's sleeve
now, rick monday was not with the dodgers in 1976, yet he has the blue screen.
here's manny mota with the patch
reggie smith joined the dodgers mid-way through the 1976 season
now, terry forster didn't join the dodgers until the 1978 season, and it looks like the blue screen was gone by then
here's what i think is probably the worse card in the set, and it pains me to say that. it's steve garvey's card.
here's a patch-less tommy lasorda who was just a coach in 1976
don sutton's card is an oddity.
it looks like he's just warming up as the penguin is lurking in the background checking out his manicure.
don't get me wrong, i really like this set as it includes the core group of the dodger teams of my youth. it's just fairly inconsistent.
still, go dodger blue!