I'm not sure there's a single card in the 2017 Topps flagship set that I would have chosen to receive over this one, but Nick was just getting started...
Last, but certainly not least, Nick tossed in a few buybacks along with a nice note that he's been enjoying following the franken-set project here on the blog. Let's see how they did!
1979 Topps #264 - Darrell Jackson
Darrell Jackson spent his entire 5-year MLB career with the Twins. He made 60 starts over that stretch, 102 appearances total, and finished with a career ERA on the wrong side of 4.00.
1987 Topps #34 - Jose Rijo
Here's an early-career card of starter Jose Rijo. Just three years after this card was printed up, Rijo would dominate the very team he's depicted with here in the World Series as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He won the opener in a route, but really made his mark on history in the clinching Game 4. The A's got up in the first inning, scoring a run on two hits off of Jose. Rijo collected himself though, and flat out owned Oakland from there on out. He finished the game without giving up another hit, and was deservedly named World Series MVP. That had to have felt amazing on the world's biggest stage, and against the franchise that traded you away a couple of years prior!
1979 Topps #61 - Bo Diaz
The last buyback, however, was a definite winner as it provides a new number for the project and fills a previously empty slot in the binder! Not only that, but it features my last name, which earns the card some bonus points with me for sure. Bo tragically passed away at age 37 after an accident involving a satellite dish. Weird to think about considering I'm already 34 myself. Bo was the sixth card to be added to his page in the binder, so hopefully that's a page I'll be completing (and sharing) soon here.
Nick, this was a varied and completely awesome delivery of cardboard for sure. Thanks for making my Opening Day that much greater!
Franken-set Progress: 373/792 (47%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 163
Total Buybacks in Collection: 536