1977 Topps #647 - Montreal Expos Team
First up is this great Expos team card buyback featuring the legendary Dick Williams. This one came my way as part of a small Sportlots order. I have no idea where this photograph was taken, but I'm intrigued. At #647 this card has no current competition, and it's one of the highest numbered cards in the binder at this point in time.
1976 Topps #582 - Mike Kekich
I pulled this Mike Kekich buyback from the lone box of 2015 Topps Update I picked up last year. Any time I see Kekich's name I'm reminded of the wife/family swap that took place with teammate Fritz Peterson. Crazy stuff. Mike here makes the cut uncontested, and we're two for two to start today's post!
1966 Topps #342 - Bob Humphreys
The next pair came from Tim at I Love the Smell of Cardboard in the Morning. Hat-less portrait shots are probably my biggest pet peeve when it comes to '60s cardboard. Bob makes the cut for now, but for the sole reason that I don't have another #342 buyback yet. His spot in the franken-set is tenuous to say the least...
1966 Topps #253 - Don Wert
Tim also sent along this nice Don Wert in the same package back at the very beginning of this year. I like this one a good deal more than the Bob Humphreys. Not only because Don is wearing proper head attire, but because I've always been intrigued by the background of this photograph. Don here has some competition as far as the franken-set goes...
1979 Topps #618 - Jerry Remy
Next up, a pair of '79 Red Sox buybacks from 2014 Topps that I scored off of Sportlots well over a year ago now. This was back at a time when I could find dozens and dozens of buybacks I was interested in for a buck or less, but these days the inventory on both Sportlots and COMC has been picked somewhat clean. Glad I grabbed this Jerry Remy when I did, and he's in at #618!
1979 Topps #480 - Fred Lynn
Pairing nicely with the Rem-Dog is this Fred Lynn, which is to this day still the only Lynn buyback I've landed. Just like his teammate Jerry Remy, Fred makes the franken-set easily.
1977 Topps #425 - Joe Torre
This Joe Torre came from the same Sportlots lot as the Expos team card I led off with. The slugging first baseman and future manager is in at card 425! A nice enough card, but I have an even better Torre buyback sitting in my "to be posted" stack for another day.
1976 Topps #415 - Vada Pinson
This '76 Vada Pinson came from the same seller as the Expos team and Joe Torre cards. Unlike those two however, Vada doesn't get a free pass. In fact he's the second card in this post to have to face off against a '58 Topps card:
1979 Topps #446 - Jim Lonborg
Here's Jim Lonborg's final Topps release. While there's nothing inherently wrong about this card, Jim just doesn't look right to me in anything but a Red Sox uniform. Aside from that, there's a card standing in Lonborg's way if he hopes to make the franken-set...
1965 Topps #147 - Dennis Bennett
Last card for today, a confused-looking Dennis Bennett courtesy of 1965 Topps (then 2014 Topps!). As a Red Sox buyback this one should carry some extra weight, but then again there's that whole thing I mentioned about hat-less players on my baseball cards. Slot 147 is already occupied as well, by this Heritage Lum Harris buyback:
The six new additions from this small batch pushed me over the 200 unique cards threshold for the franken-set at long last. 300, here I come!
Franken-set Progress: 202/792 (26%)