Monday, June 5, 2017

Buyback Franken-set: Terdoslavich & O-Pee-Chee?

Ten more from the 2017 Topps buyback mega-lot today.  Let's see if they make the franken-set or not...

2006 Topps #554 - Kazuo Matsui

An interesting buyback to kick things off, featuring the first Japanese infielder to sign with a Major League Baseball franchise.  Matsui, who was actually signed as a shortstop for the 2004 season, really struggled and was no longer a starter by the time he was dealt to the Rockies in 2006.  He actually pieced together a couple of decent seasons after that, but by 2010 he was back playing in Japan.

Art Howe is blocking Kaz's path to the binder...

...but Matsui wins that battle.

1990 Topps #190 - Rick Reuschel

Score, I love pulling a new 1990 buyback from the box.  The Giants were the fifth and final team that Rick Reuschel, who debuted in 1972, would pitch for.  In the season before this card was issued Rick was improbably named the NL starter for the All-Star game, at age 40.

I like the framing on this one, good job by Topps of portraying his sometimes-awkward delivery.  I feel like you'd never see a card like this in a modern day Topps product, it would be cropped five times closer at least.

Tough match-up for Rick though when it comes to the franken-set.

The challenger is put down.

1988 Topps #283 - Phil Lombardi

Next up we have Yankees catcher Phil Lombardi, posing for the camera on a sunny day.  I like this card.  I can't really even put my finger on the reason why, but I do.  If Phil wants to make the franken-set though he'll have to best another backstop:

Not a bad card but...

...I like the Lombardi more.

1989 Topps #242 - Ed Vande Berg

Next up, the final Topps card of Ed Vande Berg, who threw his last MLB pitch in September of 1988.  That mesh jersey that Ed's sporting just screams '80s.

Once again we have a conflict, with Frank Kostro's 1969 release standing between Vande Berg and the binder.

Easy call there.

1987 Topps #198 - Lee Mazzilli

After four straight conflicts we finally get a new card number for the project with Lee Mazzilli's 1987 release at #198.  Though I was too young to be a fan yet, and thus have no personal memories of the 1986 World Series, it hurts this Red Sox fan just a little to have this one in the binder nonetheless.

2014 Topps #408 - Joey Terdoslavich

Terdoslavich!  Terd.  He he.  Joey is still playing pro ball, currently in the minor leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  On the one hand it feels weird to acquire a buyback of a card that's just three years old, on the other hand I like that the entire spectrum of Topps flagship releases can be represented in my franken-set.  As my first #408 buyback, this one is in!

1988 Topps #691 - Dan Pasqua

The Yankees actually dealt Dan Pasqua to the White Sox in November of 1987, a fact that Topps apparently lacked sufficient time to react to before printing up their 1988 release.  Thought it was with the White Sox and not the Yankees, Dan did hit a career-best 20 home runs in '88.  In any event, this is my first #691 buyback, so Pasqua makes the cut by default.

1989 Topps #144 - Jay Bell

Jay Bell had some really good seasons, and some interesting moments in his career (including that improbable D-Backs World Series win).  Those moments all came later though, he played in just 116 total games across his first three seasons with the Indians.

Ed Kranepool has been standing firm in slot 144 of the binder to date...

...and will continue to do so.

1991 Topps O-Pee-Chee #191 - Willie Blair

This one caught me off-guard when I pulled it.  Not quite as rare as the few Fleer or Donruss singles that were mistakenly stamped during the 2017 Topps buyback promotion, it's amusing nonetheless to see an O-Pee-Chee card stamped.  Especially since it contains one of the trademarks of OPC cards of the era, the "Now with..." text to designate a trade.

If the front didn't give it away, the very bright back or the "PTD IN CANADA" text along the bottom certainly would.

This 1974 Al Fitzmorris, with a photo that looks like it could have been taken on a local farm, is also a #191.

I'm not sure I'm ready to include an O-Pee-Chee buyback in the binder.  If so, this isn't the one to do it anyway.

1990 Topps #11 - Paul Gibson

Last buyback for today, another entry from the 1990 Topps set.  How about those glasses?  Apparently Paul owns and operates a baseball academy on Long Island these days.  I have a lot of fond memories of 1990 Topps.  This card is not one of them.

This Bobby Valentine is in slot 11 of the franken-set binder.  Paul Gibson can't unseat a '72 Topps card with a parking lot in the background.  Not a chance.

Gibson may have been eliminated from franken-set contention, but the two 1990 buybacks in this post have me at 21 from that particular set now.  Plus, the three new numbers for the franken-set in tonight's post push me up another percentage point towards completion of the set!  Getting there, slowly but surely...

Franken-set Progress:  429/792 (54%)
"Rejected" Buybacks:  239
Total Buybacks in Collection: 668


Anonymous said...

This is neither here nor there, but this post was loaded with players with connnections to the Mets. Matsui, Mazzilli and Kranepool are obvious enough, but Art Howe managed the Mets, Bobby V. played for and managed the Mets, and Phil Lombardi, Jay Bell and Paul Gibson all played for the Mets.

Nick said...

Nice find on the OPC buyback! Looks like Topps has some holes in the quality control department.

Brett Alan said...

I, too, noticed the Mets connections. In fact, Kaz Matsui's first major league manager was Art Howe! Too bad Gibson didn't stay in Flushing long enough to be managed by Bobby V....

Kin said...

I scroll through these posts slowly, as to not see who is "rejected" until I've seen and read about both cards. The rejection of the OPC is one of the bigger surprises I've seen so far!

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