Friday, July 6, 2012

Food-Issue Friday: Custom 1978 Burger King Braves Bob Horner

After releasing a New York Yankees team set in 1977, Burger King released four more team sets in 1978: Detroit, Houston, Texas, and another Yankees set. Most of the cards were identical to the regular issued Topps cards that year, although there were some players with different photos. Some whose rookie cards were featured on the multi-prospect cards, such as Detroit's Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, and Lou Whitaker, had their own cards in the team sets.

While the Braves didn't have a Burger King set until 1982 (and it was a 'lid' set), I was inspired to make this Bob Horner card. Horner's rookie card came out in 1979, but the slugger won NL Rookie of the Year in '78-coming straight out of Arizona State as the #1 overall pick and into the majors without playing a day in the minors. 

Twenty six years ago today, Bob Horner provided baseball fans with a late fireworks display as he became the eleventh MLB player to hit four home runs in a game. Horner's feat came against the Expos in Atlanta's old Fulton County Stadium-one year and one/two days after another improbable game at the "Launching Pad."

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