In 1979, only two parallel sets were produced by Topps. Both were for the Burger King fast food chain, which had had Topps produce promotional sets for its outlets. The offering for 1979 was reduced from the four teams which had set the previous year to two teams - the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies. Again the cards were virtually identical to the 1979 Topps regular issue cards for distribution at outlets in the home areas of the teams. Some of the players had a different photo or photo cropping variation than the their Topps counterpart and the card number on the back was in a different typeface. The Burger King sets has 22 cards plus a checklist card. Several cards reflected players changing teams, most notably Pete Rose (Phillies) and Tommy John (Yankees).
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 gray cardstock and featured French and English text on the reverse and O-Pee-Chee logo on the obverse in place of the Topps logo.
The entire 528 card set was produced with gray colored backs, as well as lighter 'cream colored' backs. The cream colored backs seem to be slightly rarer, but do not command a premium price-wise over the gray card back versions
In 1979, Topps issued two sets in the United Kingdom featuring soccer players and one sticker set in the United States featuring logos of the North American Soccer League (NASL). The United Kingdom cards fronts are basically identical to the 1978 Topps football cards issued in the United States.