1967 Topps #225 - Mel Stottlemyre
Mel Stottlemyre was a key piece of the rotation for the Yankees from the mid '60s through the mid '70s. He tossed a lot of complete games during that stretch, and was named an All-Star five times between 1965 and 1970. Folks from my generation remember him more as pitching coach for those dominant Yankees teams of the late '90s. I like the pre-game photo here with all the bats strewn about in the background.
1979 Topps #360 - Amos Otis
Though Amos Otis began his career with the Mets, and finished it with the Pirates, he really flourished with the Royals throughout the '70s. Like Stottlemyre, he was selected as an All-Star five times. Add to that three Gold Gloves, the AL stolen base crown in 1971, and enshrinement in the Kansas City Royals HOF, and you've got a great career. Didn't have a #360 buyback yet either, so this one's in.
1974 Topps #164 - Tom House
I guess the most interesting thing I can say about this one is that Tom House was the guy who caught Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run in the Braves bullpen the season this card was printed up.
1966 Topps #313 - Chris Zachary
Don't know the first thing about Chris Zachary, who pitched for a few different franchises to the tune of a career 10-29 record with an ERA north of 4.50.
1974 Topps #518 - Derrel Thomas
I have to be honest and say that this isn't exactly the most interesting photo that 1974 Topps gifted us with, not by a long shot. To each his own I guess, but for me just about any other buyback would probably bump this one from the binder.
1973 Topps #186 - Bill Fahey
This buyback of backup catcher Bill Fahey has really been through the wringer. Smashed corners, surface scratching, creases, it truly has it all. I do enjoy the advertisements on the outfield wall at least.
1979 Topps #98 - Ray Burris
Ray Burris grew up on a farm in rural Oklahoma, and wound up pitching at the Major League level for 15 years. He is currently serving as a pitching coach within the Phillies organization. He's somewhat washed out in a sea of blue on his '79 Topps release here.
1978 Topps #253 - Jim Kern
Jim Kern was a solid bullpen arm, particularly in the late '70s. He was named an All-Star for three consecutive seasons beginning in 1977, and even won the AL Rolaids Relief Man Award in 1979. He certainly seems to be enjoying his success in this photo on his '78 Topps release.
1979 Topps #521 - Sam Ewing
A first round pick of the Montreal Expos in 1969, Sam Ewing would play with the White Sox and Blue Jays in MLB before finishing up his career in Japan. The best thing I can say about this one is that after a long stretch of conflicts we finally have a new number for the franken-set!
1968 Topps #273 - Dave Johnson
Last card for today is an early-career Davey Johnson! This one has seen better days as well, but I don't mind in the least. Johnson was a very talented second baseman before he later enjoyed a lot of success at the coaching level. 1968 was the first time in his career that he was named an All-Star, which earns this one some extra points.
Well, that was one of the rougher groupings to date, with just two new numbers for the project and eight conflicts. Oh well, you can't win 'em all! I'll be back with another batch early next week...
Franken-set Progress: 425/792 (53%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 223
Total Buybacks in Collection: 648