1978 Topps

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This is a list with brief descriptions of Topps sports card products for 1978.

Baseball[edit]

Set Description Cards in Set Size
Base set 726 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Parallel Sets[edit]

United States[edit]

Set Description Cards in Set Size
Burger King Astros 23 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Burger King Rangers 23 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Burger King Tigers 23 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Burger King Yankees 23 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Zest Soap 5 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Burger King[edit]

In 1977 Topps first produced a set featuring the New York Yankees for New York City area Burger King fast food restaurants. In 1978, the program was expanded with outlets in the home areas of the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers along with the Tri-State Region for the Yankees cards. offering cards of their respective teams. The cards were almost identical (the photo area is slightly larger) to the 1978 Topps regular issue cards Some of the players had a different photo than the their Topps counterpart including some who have changed teams, most notably the Yankees Goose Gossage. Also of note are single rookie cards for the Tigers Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, and Lou Whitaker, who all appeared on multiple player rookie cards in the Topps set. As with the previous year, only the checklist card featured any Burger King branding.

Zest Soap[edit]

In 1978, Topps produced for Procter & Gamble's Zest brand soap a set of five cards as a promotional item. The cards were basically identical to the 1978 Topps set, but they featured bilingual English/Spanish backs, and only five players, all Hispanic, were featured.[1]

Canada[edit]

Since 1965, the Canadian candy company O-Pee-Chee produced virtually identical, but smaller, sets identical to the Topps issue of the same year. The Canadian printed cards were printed on grey cardstock and featured French and English text on the reverse. Some cards included traded lines.

Set Description Cards in Set Size
O-Pee-Chee 242 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Football[edit]

In 1978, Topps issued three Football sets featuring the National Football League.

Set Description Cards in Set Size
Base set 528 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Team Checklists 28 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Holsun 33 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Hockey[edit]

Topps issued one set featuring the National Hockey League for the 1978-1979 season.

Set Description Cards in Set Size
Base set 264 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Basketball[edit]

Topps issued one set featuring the National Basketball Association for the 1978-1979 season.

Set Description Cards in Set Size
Base set 132 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Soccer[edit]

In 1978, Topps issued two sets in the United Kingdom featuring soccer players. The cards fronts are basically identical to the 1977 Topps football cards issued in the United States.

Set Description Cards in Set Size
English Footballers Orange back 396 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Scottish Footballers Green back 132 2.5 x 3.5 inches

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