1989 Topps #791 - Jim Lindeman
Jim Lindeman was a first round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. He lasted 9 years in the Major Leagues, playing for a few different franchises but never eclipsing 75 games played in any single season. At #791 this would be the penultimate card in the franken-set binder, but...
1974 Topps #321 - Steve Braun
Steve Braun was a pinch-hit specialist, who would win a World Series with the Cardinals in 1982. I think that's a batting cage in the background, though it's hard to tell for sure. Not the world's most exciting buyback, and also pretty badly off-center top to bottom.
1989 Topps #572 - Atlee Hammaker
After consecutive conflicts, we get our first new number for the project here with Atlee Hammaker's 1989 release. While I never knew much about Atlee as a player, he certainly has a recognizable name that I remember from my childhood days of sorting baseball cards on my bedroom floor. Atlee did lead the National League in ERA in 1983, so that's something.
1992 Topps #726 - Kirt Manwaring
Another new number for the project here, and a nice high one to boot. I've always felt that 1992 Topps was an under-rated set, and I like the image that Topps chose for this one. I could certainly do a lot worse for slot 726. Kirt won his only Gold Glove award at catcher the season after this card was released.
2015 Topps #US209 - Prince Fielder
Up next is a name any modern-era baseball fan will know, slugger Prince Fielder. It's unfortunate that Prince had to hang up the spikes earlier than he would have liked to, but I think it's great that he finished his career with the exact same number of home runs as his father, Cecil.
2010 Topps #534 - Hideki Okajima
My favorite card in today's post is definitely this Hideki Okajima. Okajima was a reliable member of Boston's bullpen corps for a few seasons, and I'll always remember his unusual delivery. He was named an All-Star in 2007 when the Red Sox won it all.
1987 Topps #382 - Rudy Law
I actually mentioned Rudy Law's 1987 card about a month ago, and here it is. As I noted at the time, this is actually a "sunset card", with Rudy having played his final MLB game in 1986.
1987 Topps #361 - Mark Thurmond
Mark Thurmond began his career as a starter with the Padres, and even started a few post-season games in their run to the World Series in 1984. By the time he reached Detroit he was largely in a bullpen role. This is my first #361 buyback, so Mark makes the binder!
1989 Topps #537 - Pete Smith
I pulled the bronze foil version of this very same buyback from a lot a few months ago.
1990 Topps #201 - Cito Gaston
Last card today is from my beloved 1990 Topps release. This card in particular is one I definitely recall from my '90s collecting days. I would have loved to welcome it to the binder, but...
Today's new numbers were enough to push the project past 55% completion. Onward and upward!
Franken-set Progress: 438/792 (55%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 249
Total Buybacks in Collection: 687