Okay, let's finish off the impossible decade while I'm still sane.
The 1979 Calbee set was the last in a line of very confusing issues. With just a few exceptions, the 1980 set would mark the beginning of very uniform distribution and clearly-understood checklists. And with just a few exceptions, there aren't random obscure issues to hunt down. Post 1979 Calbee is pretty predictable.
But 1979's issues are once again confusing. A total of 12 series have been identified, totaling at least 404 cards. All cards have pure fronts - no text, no border, no design. All backs are pink, and except for a few series, "'79 Pro Baseball Card" runs across the top in Japanese. The last line of all cards except for Home Run cards has the Calbee company name in Japanese. Like the 1978 set, cards issued in 1979 generally don't have card numbers. However, there is some uniformity in the series that helps identify set size and a numbering scheme of sorts can be developed for many of them.
Note that anything at the team banner point and below can vary. Some cards have sketches possibly done by kids, or charts. Note the request for votes again on this card beneath the team banner.
I don't have an example of the next series yet either due to a collecting error on my part. That would be the August Best Series. Again, there are 48 cards, with 8 unnumbered cards.
Also missing from my collection is the Red Helmet Aiming Series (24 cards). This series features all Carp members; backs have the Carp logo at the upper left followed by a V2 inscription. I believe I have seen one of these at a card show, but it is pretty rare so they don't come cheap. Cards are numbered by jersey number, though some players appear multiple times in the set.
The tenth series of the year is the 24-card Central League Champion Series. In place of the team logo in the upper-left corner on the back, a very obvious V2 logo commemorates the Carp's second straight Central League championship. As you now might expect, all of the players featured are members of the Carp. Again, the player's jersey number is prominently featured on the back, but again there are multiple cards for some players as well as five "team" picture cards with no single identified player. This is the other "tough" series from 1979, and I have yet to see a card in person.
The album apparently comes in four different colors, though I believe the pictures are the same. The 1979 album has Sadaharu Oh batting, with a catcher wearing red gear, while another Giants player seems to be standing right next to him. The rest of the album covers (inside and out) have two photos each with rounded corners. The inside images are of Shigeru Kobayashi of the Tigers pitching. This album has a banner above the catcher that says "Baseball Card Album" in Japanese.
I haven't seen the bat and I don't know what it looks like, other than it's a small signed bat.
Note that I left the prize information out of the 1978 post last week, but I have updated it with that information.