Inside the SP78 Vault: 1978 Royals Program

For this first entry in this new series of posts, I take a look at my most recent addition to the vault, a 1978 game program for the Kansas City Royals. It’s an unscored copy I purchased off eBay a few weeks ago for $10.50…a full ten bucks more than it cost at the ballpark back in ’78. It’s in near-perfect condition, and from what I can gather from the insert scorecard pages, this copy was sold at a Royals-Red Sox game played on either May 15th or May 16th, when the two teams split a 2-game weeknight series at Royals Stadium.

What I noticed when I first leafed through the program was a photo and bio for pitcher Andy Hassler, included with the listings for other KC players; what’s odd about that is, in my SP78 season, he’s pitching for the Red Sox. A quick check on-line told me that he was purchased from the Royals by the Sox on July 24th. Of course, Avalon Hill chose to include him with the Boston player cards; if I’d known about these wacky AH decisions early on, I would’ve sent him back to Kansas City where he belonged.

With the purchase of this program, I now own all American League team programs for the AL West, and need only one from the Red Sox to complete the AL East. Look for more programs to be spotlighted here—along with other SP78 and 1978 baseball memorabilia—in the coming months!

2 responses to “Inside the SP78 Vault: 1978 Royals Program

  1. What’s holding you back from obtaining the Red Sox program? How do you stand with the NL programs? The fonts are typical 70s! Good feature!

    • Nothing really holding me back, except for maybe the expenditure of valuable grocery money. I usually get one or two every few months, and I was actually going to buy a Bosox program last night, but I didn’t like any that eBay had to offer, so I thought I’d hold off. It seems Boston had three different cover styles that season, and I’m looking for one in particular, with Jim Rice at-bat on the front. As soon as I see one like that, unscored and in good condition (and at a cost that’s under $15), I’ll grab it.

      As for the NL programs, well, you’ll just have to wait ’til I post a Vault article dealing with one before I tell you how many I have left to buy.

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