Seattle switched their AAA affiliation to Spokane for 1979, where a 30 year-old Ed played his final pro season. I think he called it quits to settle down and raise a family, which includes current Diamondback Bobby Crosby.
Mr. Chef sponsored this 25-card set for San Jose's 1978 season. The Missions didn't field any big stars that year, though Tom Paciorek played a brief rehab stint. (Cool dude Andy Dyes switched to Hawaii mid-season and ended up as the #5 in their 1979 set.)
I think you'll agree that Mr. Chef owns the biggest chef hat west of the Pecos. Pretty sure that's a take-out box in his hand, though it could also be a gallon tub of tartar sauce. In any event, awesome logo! You can still visit Mr. Chef under its new name, Race Street Seafood Kitchen.
Bobby Crosby played with the semipro Alaska Goldpanners prior to debuting with Oakland--here's their scrapbook page for him and a card from the 1999 team set.
Value: Ed cost $2.70 from MinorLeagueSingles.com, a fair price for singles from this set.
Fakes / reprints: I doubt anyone faked this set, unless they're an even bigger 1978 Seattle fan than me. And could that happen?