Tuesday, October 5, 2010

1978 Topps: We Will Stone Cold Beat You!

Call me crazy here, but I tend to think of this card as the single-most badass baseball card ever printed. It might not be the greatest card overall. It may not be the best card of its era. It might not even be Munson's best card (a lot of people argue for '71 there and I don't hate 'em for it; '75 Topps is pretty good as well...). However, in terms of a baseball card being purely badass, this is as good as it gets. This 1978 Topps Thurman Munson card will cut you, man. It will stone cold beat you if you even think about giving it a problem, and maybe even if you don't. It will laugh at your pain while it listens to "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and puts cigarettes out on your arms. You do not mess with the '78 Topps Thurman Munson card.

Amazingly, while I wouldn't call it an equal, there is another card in '78 that is at least in the same weight class as the Munson, and would probably go a few rounds with it before the TKO:

You knew that was coming, didn't you?

In this card, Eddie Murray manages to epitomize an era (this may well be the best card of the '70s) and look almost as badass as Munson does, all while wearing a helmet that has a cartoon bird on it. This card is the equivalent of a Rick James album cover in baseball card form.


Tell me you can't see Eddie Murray rocking this outfit. You can't. You just can't.

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