Card Spotlight: 1976 SSPC Countdown Carbo 411, Rader 59 (#15)

Facial Expressions.

This set is chock full of facial expressions. Here’s a tangent: I don’t really use that expression “chock full” – it just popped in my head as I was writing. It reminds me of Chock full o’Nuts, a brand of coffee that I didn’t grow up drinking but somehow remember.

The story goes: a guy owned nut store in the 1920’s and those morphed into a chain of coffee stores that morphed into coffee sold in grocery stores. At some point Jackie Robinson worked for the company with the oddball name.

Speaking of nuts, I haven’t counted, but I’d bet this set has more nutty, oddball expressions than most others.


Hey Bernie, what do you think of Chock full o’Nuts? Oh, it can’t be that bad…

Carbo played for the Reds previously and still had connections and friendships from his stint with Cincinnati. Then he had to compete with them and lose in the 1975 World Series. Sometime that’s how life works out – right place, wrong team. It’s the journey that matters.


Doug Rader on the left looks like he had a second cup of coffee. This card shows him in the new Astros uniform (introduced in 1975 to commemorate the Astrodome’s 10th anniversary). It also has a clear view of a circular black 40 patch. That’s a tribute to Doug’s former teammate Don Wilson, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1975. On the right, aside from his toned down Topps-approved expression, you can see Doug in the 1974 uniform.

Public Service announcement for me and you… If you’re looking for SSPC cards from this set, I have almost 70 on COMC here and many more that I can mail out. If you want a bunch and write a blog, contact me to work something out.

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