Let's dive in...
1990 Topps #345 - Harold Baines
We start off with a member of the "Hall of Very Good", Mr. Harold Baines. Harold was just about at the half-way point of his very long career in 1990, and would wind up in the end with nearly 400 home runs and a very respectable .289 career batting average. This card makes the cut by default since it's my first #345 buyback, and I could certainly do a lot worse in this slot!
1990 Topps #34 - Tony Fossas
I have a few more 1990 Topps buybacks to get through here, and I have to say it's going to be pretty brutal for these challengers to the franken-set. Tony Fossas looks pretty sharp here in his warm-up jacket...
1990 Topps #215 - Kirk McCaskill
How about Kirk McCaskill mid-wind-up on a sunny day in Oakland?
1990 Topps #248 - Dave Anderson
As we keep rolling with the '90 Topps buybacks, next we have a pretty bland Dave Anderson card.
1990 Topps #83 - Hensley Meulens
How about Hensley Meulens, a card that for reasons I can't explain I actually remember quite vividly from collecting this set as a 7-year-old in the spring of 1990?
1990 Topps #151 - Rick Mahler
Next up, Rick Mahler on what has to be one of the least flattering cards in the entire '90 Topps release.
1990 Topps #761 - Mike Jackson
How about a nice high-number 1990 Topps card in pitcher Mike Jackson of the Mariners? Well, unfortunately for Mike he's facing off against a local legend...
1990 Topps #791 - Alvaro Espinoza
Can uber-high number Alvaro Espinoza break the streak?
1992 Topps #429 - Tony LaRussa
After seven straight defeats for 1990 Topps, let's mix it up with a couple of 1992 Topps buybacks to end the post. While most of my purchase from this seller obviously focused on 1990 Topps buybacks, I just couldn't resist these two, starting with the great Tony LaRussa. I really miss manager cards in the flagship Topps set, so I'd love to get this one into the binder.
1992 Topps #316 - Curt Schilling
Final card for today is the pitcher with the polarizing personality, Curt Schilling! I had completely forgotten that Curt spent a single season serving out of the bullpen for the 'Stros in 1991! The following year he'd convert to a starter with the Phillies and his career would really take off from there.
A nice buyback here of a guy pictured with a team you don't normally associate him with, and even better this is the first card since the Baines that led off the post to actually contribute a new number to the set!
Well, that was a bit rough, with only two new numbers from this batch and seven of the eight competitors losing out. On a positive note I'm up to an even 40 buybacks from the 1990 Topps release now, which feels pretty significant. Also, barring a complete shutout I'll be crossing the 450-card mark for the franken-set next post. Until then!
Franken-set Progress: 449/792 (56%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 268
Total Buybacks in Collection: 717