Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Buyback Franken-set: Housekeeping

Before I get back to the giant lot of 2017 Rediscover Topps buybacks I recently picked up, I've got some housekeeping to do with a small stack of ten buybacks that have been floating around on my card desk for at least few weeks now.

1974 Topps #64 - Doug Rau

The first two cards are Red Foil stamped buybacks from the 2016 promotion, and I have no clue where they came from to be honest.  I like this shot of starting pitcher Doug Rau at Dodger Stadium (complete with palm trees and a mystery man in the background).  As far as the franken-set goes though, at card #64 he's got a tough match-up against a buyback that's already ousted a few competitors:

Today just isn't Doug Rau's day.

1980 Topps #588 - Greg Minton

The other Red Foil buyback is this 1980 Greg Minton.  At the time that this card was printed, Greg was in the midst of an impressive streak where he went three entire seasons without giving up a home run!  He's also known for giving up Pete Rose's final hit in 1986.  588 is a nice, new high number for me, Minton makes the cut.

1987 Topps #748 - Mike Flanagan

Speaking of high numbers, Mike Flanagan's '87 Topps release becomes just the seventh card numbered 700 or higher to make the binder.  The latter pages are starting to get a little traction but obviously have a long way to go.  Mike is a member of the Baltimore Orioles HOF, and while not officially "retired", his number has not been worn by another Oriole since 2011.

1983 Topps #639 - Art Howe

Next up we have a dizzying, tilted action photo of Astros' first baseman Art Howe from 1983 Topps.  Art actually missed the entire 1983 season due to injury.  He finished his career with the Cardinals in 1984 & 1985, then moved onto a variety of managerial and coaching roles up through 2008.

This '75 Steve Kline, complete with a mystery substance that appears as though it may be faded scribbles from a marker, already sat in slot 639.

I'm going with the Howe card, only because 1983 buybacks seem somewhat rare.  How rare?  Well, I've reviewed close to 550 buybacks so far for this project and only two of them were '83 Topps cards.

2010 Topps Update - #US24 - Vladimir Guerrero & Miguel Cabrera

For the second time over the course of this project I've now encountered the dilemma of a buyback from a Topps Update release.  I might revisit this decision at some point down the line, but for now I've decided that these will not be eligible for the franken-set, so... much as I hate to do it, these two sluggers and future HOFers are off to the reject box.

1988 Topps #207 - John Mitchell

I had never heard this story before, but learned while researching this post that John Mitchell was involved in a serious boating accident in the Gulf of Mexico in his younger days as a top prospect.  The accident resulted in two people drowning, and Mitchell barely survived after clinging to a 5-gallon bucket and floating around in the Gulf for nearly 24 hours.  Crazy stuff, you can read more about it here if you're interested.

As fascinating as that story was, this Jack Clark buyback featuring the Green Monster destroys the Mitchell in terms of franken-set induction.

Never stood a chance.

1987 Topps #542 - Ricky Horton

Ricky Horton is best remembered as a Cardinal, though he had brief stints with the White Sox and Dodgers (where he won a World Series in '88!) as well.  Based on the bunting that's visible in the background I'm guessing this particular photo was taken on or around Opening Day.  This is the only #542 buyback I've tracked down to date, so Ricky is in.

1988 Topps #346 - Vance Law

Next up we've got Vance Law's 1988 issue, where he's shown patrolling the infield with the Expos.  Based on the background I'm thinking this photo was taken at Wrigley Field, though I'm not certain.  If it is Wrigley then it's an interesting coincidence, given that Vance actually signed with the Cubs for the '88 season.  He had a great year in 1988 too, hitting a career-high .293 with 11 home runs, 29 doubles, and 78 RBI.

Jerry Adair's 1968 Topps card gets pitted against the '88 Law here.

I went with the Adair, since he was a key component of the amazing late-season push for the legendary 1967 Red Sox team.  This one was almost a coin flip though, I could have just as easily gone with the Law card.

1990 Topps #322 - Junior Ortiz

Here's another case of a guy depicted with a team that he didn't actually play with during the season in question, as the Pirates dealt Ortiz to Minnesota just before the start of the 1990 campaign.  It was a fortunate trade for Junior to be sure, as he won a World Series with the Twins in '91.

All of the 2017 buybacks in this post are from an 8-card lot that I grabbed off of eBay for 95 cents.  The card that attracted me to the lot to begin with is the last one that I have to share today:

1987 Topps #684 - Kent Tekulve

Tekulve!  This late-career card represents my very first buyback of the man with some of the coolest shades in baseball history (though, to be fair, I think I have a couple of Pirates ones in my "to be processed" box).

I like this one because Kent, who was known as an absolute workhorse throughout his career, appeared in over 90 games in 1987 at age 40.  He's the only player ever to do so at age 40 or above.  I've always been fascinated by guys who play at the highest level into their 40s, so I was really excited to land this particular buyback.

This boring Jamie Easterly buyback was sitting in slot 684 previously...

...but Tekulve dislodges him in a route!

Well, that catches me up somewhat on my backlog, and I'll be able to dive back into the giant lot of 2017 buybacks for the next franken-set post...

Franken-set Progress:  377/792 (48%)
"Rejected" Buybacks:  169
Total Buybacks in Collection: 546


Mark Hoyle said...

I'm glad the Adair made the cut

night owl said...

Doug Rau was a favorite when I was a kid ... that's not Dodger Stadium, it's the Dodgers' spring training site at the time, Vero Beach.

Brett Alan said...

I don't think the Law card is from Wrigley, because he's wearing his home whites. And wearing them very well with the racing stripes lined up nicely, and his stirrup game on point. As Paul Lukas of Uni Watch would say, he Gets It.

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