Contrast & Compare: 1979 Burger King Beniquez & Tiant

I thought it might be good to share some real cards after two straight days of customs.

1979 and 1980 Burger King cards are among my recent obsessions…  Well, I’ve come to obsess over any baseball card from the 1970’s, it’s just a matter of degree…  But anyway…

Just like with 1977 O-Pee-Chee baseball, I only collect the cards that have different images and aren’t just the original Topps card with a different number.  Today I’m sharing two cards like that from the 1979 Burger King Yankees set, starting with Juan Beniquez:
1979 BK Juan Beniquez

Juan Beniquez came to the Yankees in a blockbuster deal with the Rangers on November 10, 1978:  Beniquez, Dave Righetti (I always forget he started in the Rangers organization), Paul Mirabella, Mike Griffin and Greg Jemison for Sparky Lyle, Mike Heath, Dave Rajsich, Domingo Ramos, Larry McCall and cash.

Just under a year later, the Yankees traded Beniquez to the Mariners.

Here’s the Topps Beniquez:
1979 Topps Juan Beniquez

Luis Tiant came to the Yankees as – how else? – a free agent.
1979 BK Luis Tiant

Although he was 38 in his first season with the Yankees, he went 13-8 with a 3.91 ERA. Here’s the Topps equivalent:
1979 Topps Luis Tiant
I was in the New York area at the time, so I don’t remember hearing about any Boston backlash towards El Tiante going from the Sox to the “freakin’ Yankees”, but I’m sure there must’ve been some.

Tiant spent two years in pinstripes and had an interesting career path. He won 20 games 4 times, twice lead the league in ERA and shutouts, but in 1969 he went 9-20 and lead the league in homers and walks. Most people think of the 8 years he spent with the Red Sox or the 6 with the Indians, but he also spent a year with the Twins and spent the end of his career hopping around between AAA and the Mexican League while making brief appearances with the Pirates and Angels. In between pitching for the Twins and Red Sox he sent a month at the beginning of 1971 pitching for the Braves AAA team. The Braves released him, the Bosox picked him up, he went 1-7, 4.91 in 1971 but turned it around in 1972 and lead the majors with a 1.91 ERA.

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5 thoughts on “Contrast & Compare: 1979 Burger King Beniquez & Tiant

  1. I’m going from memory but I recall that the BoSox were interested in keeping Tiant. However the money Tiant was asking for they felt it was over and above what a 38 year old pitcher was worth. I think that part of the reason that the Yankees signed him was to take a jab at the BoSox. Plus they had money to spend (as always).

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