1969 Topps #135 - Tommy Davis
A smiling Tommy Davis kicks off today's post. Davis was well past his days of winning NL batting titles here, but I'll gladly accept a Pilots buyback any day. The binder was lacking a #135 buyback as well, so I'm glad to have this one even though it features a hat-less player. Speaking of which...
1968 Topps #439 - Luman Harris
...there are so many cap-less photographs in the 1968 Topps set. That fact was really hammered home as I processed through a few buybacks for this post. Lum Harris here...
1968 Topps #272 - Ray Culp
A little better. Still no cap to be seen, but at least it features a Red Sox player.
1968 Topps #407 - Gary Kolb
A truly awful card of Gary Kolb, who batted just over the Mendoza Line in his relatively short career.
1968 Topps #260 - Jim Wynn
When I said I prefer hats in my photos, I didn't mean this. Jim Wynn, who was coming off his first All-Star selection in 1967, could crush a baseball.
1968 Topps #93 - Tony Cloninger
One last '68 for today, and it's a proper one too with a hat and no airbrushing. Tony went 24-11 for the Braves in 1965, and once hit two grand slams in the same game!
1964 Topps #127 - Aubrey Gatewood/Dick Simpson
You can't see his name thanks to the buyback stamp, but the player on top is pitcher Aubrey Gatewood. Aubrey made a total of 68 appearances, mostly in relief, over the course of four seasons. Dick Simpson lasted seven seasons at the MLB level, and finished as a career .207 hitter.
1967 Topps #75 - George Scott
Here's one that I'm really pumped about. An awesome All-Star Rookie buyback of the man who racked up countless All-Star appearances and Gold Glove awards, and is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame. It's a good thing slot 75 was empty, as this card would have obliterated anything in its path anyway. It would take something really nice to displace George here from the binder, I expect this one to be around for a long time.
1961 Topps #119 - A's Big Armor
Here's another nice one I snatched up cheap many months ago now. Like most collectors who are into vintage, I love the combo cards that Topps included in their '50s and '60s sets. They're not the easiest cards to find in buyback format though, thus tend to demand a premium, so I was happy to grab this one for just a couple bucks on Sportlots. Best of all, #119 is a new number for the project, so into the binder it goes.
1958 Topps #260 - Frank Malzone
Here's the last buyback for today, perhaps my favorite (though I could almost go with any of the final three). I don't buy a lot of single buybacks on eBay. Typically it's not worth the trade-off in shipping costs, considering most of the buybacks I've picked up for this project have cost dimes and nickels. In this case, I simply couldn't resist though, and even with shipping I shelled out less than $5 for this beauty.
That was a successful grouping if you ask me. The '68s were largely under-whelming, but the cards that did make the cut were very solid additions to the project. With my next post I'll be crossing the threshold of 700 total buybacks in my collection and processed for this project. Pretty crazy...
Franken-set Progress: 441/792 (55%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 256
Total Buybacks in Collection: 697