Tonight's post will be an abbreviated one, as I have half a dozen remaining to preview here. Let's get right to it!
1989 Topps #205 - Dwight Evans
Love the start here, with a nice candid dugout shot of Dewey Evans courtesy of 1989 Topps. This is a blue foil Rediscover Topps buyback, which matches nicely with the blue painted cement backdrop there. This card reminds me of how good a hitter Evans was even in his later years. 1989 was his age 37 season, but he still hit 20 home runs (the 11th 20-HR season of his career) and 100 RBI (for the 4th time in his career) while batting a very respectable .285.
This is also my very first #205 buyback, so I'm pleased to welcome Dwight to the franken-set binder without contest.
1984 Topps #435 - Neil Allen
Next up, Neil Allen, who really wants to keep those hands in his pockets on this 1984 Topps card. Neil got the call from the bullpen quite frequently for the Cardinals in '84, appearing in 57 games for the team that year (just one spot start). With that kind of frequency I guess I can see why he wanted to protect those mitts!
Unfortunately, Neil draws a rough match-up for the franken-set binder...
1985 Topps #764 - Jamie Easterly
Continuing with the theme of guys who frequently got the call from the 'pen, Jamie Easterly saw action in no less than 50 games for the Indians in 1985 (though he did make 7 starts). Today's franken-set candidates certainly ate up some innings! Once again we have some pre-existing competition for the franken-set:
2006 Topps #455 - Dontrelle Willis
Love this one! I know he didn't necessarily pan out long-term, but I remember when Dontrelle Willis was one of the hottest names in baseball for a brief time there between 2003 and 2005. I love that this is a 2006 buyback as it lists just those first three stellar seasons as far as stats on the back. Willis really began a downhill slide beginning in 2006 and was never able to regain the form of those first few fantastic seasons.
I was happy to find that this is my first #455 buyback, Dontrelle is a great unique addition to the project.
1989 Topps #680 - Gary Carter
Here's a nice 1989 Gary Carter. Maybe not my best Gary Carter buyback, but a solid card nonetheless. This one's a virtual lock for spot 680, right? Not so fast! I've already got a #680 buyback in the binder and it's...
1999 Topps #331 - Roy Halladay
Here's the final buyback, the late Roy Halladay's 1999 Topps release. A nice Spring Training shot here I presume, with the ball cart (?) in the background. This one is cool too because while Roy's official rookie card came in the 1998 Topps set, that was a three-player combo card, making this issue his first solo Topps flagship card.
The first proper Topps card of one of the few pitchers in history to win a Cy Young in both the American and National Leagues has to be a lock for the franken-set I'd imagine...
Brett, thanks again for this incredibly thoughtful and much appreciated lot of buybacks you sent my way. I had a blast going through all of these and subjecting each of them to the franken-set test to see who made the cut, and you gave me about a solid month of buyback-related blogging material too!
Next up on the buyback front, I have one more post featuring a PWE of buybacks I received from a new contributor to the project. After that maybe, just maybe, I'll have a chance to show off a few that I've picked up for this project myself!
Franken-set Progress: 592/792 (74%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 502
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,094