1990 Topps #100 - Will Clark
I was excited to land this particular buyback, in fact it was the main attraction that drew me to the small lot of 2017 buybacks that has made up the last few posts here (and one more to come!). I'm not even really sure why Will Clark was a favorite of mine as a kid, but he was for whatever reason. I was pumped to turn to page 12 of the binder and find slot 100 empty. Welcome to the franken-set project Will the Thrill!
1986 Topps #110 - Scott McGregor
Scott McGregor was a key element of the Orioles' pitching staff for many years. He was great in the post-season too, and pitched a complete game shutout in the World Series-clinching Game 5 in 1983. This one's a bit bland, certainly not the best that 1986 Topps has to offer, but he makes the cut by default in the absence of any competition.
1986 Topps #547 - Roger McDowell
Speaking of World Series clinchers, here's the guy who got the victory in Game 7 the year this card was printed up. That makes this a pretty cool buyback, even if that win did come at the expense of the Red Sox.
1987 Topps #43 - Gene Michael
Gene Michael, known as "Stick" due to his skinny frame, played for four different MLB franchises in the '60s and '70s, and followed that up with managerial stints with both the Yankees and Cubs in the 1980s. Amazingly, despite being a low number, I was missing a #43 buyback previously so Gene is in.
1987 Topps #179 - Bill Wegman
Bill Wegman was a Brewer for his entire 11-year MLB career. From what I can tell he had some decent seasons but what I'm most interested in with this one is how the "Rediscover Topps" buyback stamp ended up so far from the right edge of the card. Someone misfired with the foil stamping device on this one to say the least. Wegman is the only #179 buyback I've collected to date, so he makes the cut.
1987 Topps #182 - Lee Lacy
Next we've got a late-career Lee Lacy card, in fact 1987 would be the final season in Major League Baseball for Lee. He's better remembered as a Pittsburgh Pirate, as he won a World Series with that franchise in '79 and was later involved in the drug scandal that rocked the team in the '80s.
1988 Topps #191 - John Cerutti
John Cerutti enjoyed a brief career as a pitcher with the Blue Jays and Tigers between 1985 and 1991. He later became an analyst for the Jays' TV coverage. Sadly, he passed away in his hotel room before the final game of the 2004 season, apparently due to a heart condition. He was just 44 years old.
1988 Topps #197 - Lance McCullers
Here's another starting pitcher on the 1988 Topps design. I don't know a whole lot about Lance, however his son, Lance McCullers Jr., is currently pitching with the Houston Astros.
1988 Topps #738 - Scott Bankhead
Here's the last in a trio of '88 Topps pitchers, righty Scott Bankhead. Scott won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles with Team USA. He would later catch on with the Red Sox for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. This one makes the cut for the set as a nice 700+ high number.
1988 Topps #274 - Junior Ortiz
Last card for today, catcher Junior Ortiz of the Bucs. Somewhat of an odd facial expression from Ortiz here, I can't tell if he's smiling or grimacing. Already have a #274 buyback in the binder that will be pitted up against Junior here:
An even split today, with five new numbers for the project and five conflicts. Will Clark was without question the star of the show as far as I'm concerned. I'll be back with the next buyback installment sometime over the weekend, thanks for reading as always!
Franken-set Progress: 414/792 (52%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 204
Total Buybacks in Collection: 618