1962 Topps #36 - Don Leppert
Some noticeable surface crease marks on this '62 Don Leppert, but it's still a nice card. I don't know much about Don, but I do know that 1962 Topps doesn't have a lot of representation within the franken-set binder currently.
1990 Topps #633 - Dennis Cook
I grabbed this one for obvious reasons, figured I'd fill a hole in the 1990 Topps buyback binder at the very least. As it turned out though, I was lacking a #633 buyback for the franken-set binder, so Dennis Cook will reside there until I can find another 633 to bump him out.
1991 Topps #157 - John Smoltz
At the end of the day I think I paid around 30 cents per buyback that you see in this post, and at that price I just couldn't pass on a HOFer from one of the more under-rated Topps sets from the junk wax era. Of course Smoltz will make the franken-set, I'm not going to shun a guy with a plaque in Cooperstown, am I?
1993 Topps #435 - Willie McGee
Here's another interesting one, featuring the great Willie McGee catching a pop fly. The Wrigley ivy makes it almost impossible to see the REDISCOVER TOPPS stamp along the right edge, but trust me it's there. Will Willie fare any better than Smoltz?
1990 Topps #339 - Dave Clark
Another 1990, this time Dave Clark showing off a two-bat grip. Look, I'll be the first to admit that this one is far from the best that '90 Topps has to offer. My hope here was to slide it into the 1990 Topps buyback binder...
1991 Topps #387 - Julio Franco
Picked this one up because I've always been a Julio Franco fan. It's hard not to respect a guy who took his final Major League at-bat at the age of 48! This one was a win/win because, while I'd love to see it make the franken-set, it will still be a solid addition to my small Franco collection absent that.
1991 Topps #70 - Ellis Burks
Another '91 here, featuring Red Sox fan favorite Ellis Burks. Being a number that's a multiple of ten, I figured Burks would meet some stiff competition, but worst case it'll still make for a unique addition to my ever-expanding Red Sox collection. Well, that's exactly what happened...
1999 Topps #105 - Trevor Hoffman
Easy to see why I snagged this one, as Trevor was finally elected to the Hall of Fame this year. I love the perfectly framed high leg kick here of the closer who was the first to reach both the 500 and 600 save plateaus. A lock for the franken-set, right?
1990 Topps #222 - Kurt Stillwell
How about one last '90 Topps buyback for today? Kurt played in a career-high 144 games in 1990, so there's that I guess. His father also had a brief MLB career with the Senators in the early 1960s. Not a very strong contender for the franken-set here.
2011 Topps #218 - Victor Martinez
Last card for today, and one that I was excited to find in buyback form. Martinez was solid during his brief tenure in Boston, and I've always enjoyed this home run celebration on his 2011 Topps flagship card. In addition to that, 2011 Topps is probably my favorite flagship set design since I returned to collecting back in 2007. You don't see them in buyback format all that often, since they're not all that old.
With over 600 different numbers in the binder now it's really getting to be a challenge to find new ones, as is evidenced by today's single new number. Nevertheless, that was a fun grouping and I added some serious star power to the box where I keep my rejects as well.
Thanks for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 610/792 (77%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 67/792 (8%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 480
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,157