1987 Topps #2 - Jim DeShaies
An '86 Record Breaker card is in the lead-off spot. Jim DeShaies certainly earned this card, striking out the first eight batters of the game in his start against the Dodgers on September 23, 1986. An impressive feat for sure, but...
1987 Topps #403 - Jerry Royster
Here's a Jerry Royster. The most notable thing about this one is the RAK patch there, which the team wore on their sleeves from '84 through '86 in honor of owner (and McDonald's mogul) Ray A Krok.
1987 Topps #125 - Bob Brenly
Next up, catcher Bob Brenly. We're really starting to develop a pattern here three cards in, as Bob has a real uphill battle to make the franken-set as well. Here's his competition:
1987 Topps #504 - Mickey Hatcher
Mickey Hatcher was actually no longer a Twin in 1987. The team released him just days before the season began, and he signed on with the Dodgers. He lasted four years with LA as sort of a utility infielder, which concluded his MLB career. I did not have a #504 buyback previously, so Mickey makes the binder!
1987 Topps #643 - Ron Shepherd
Ron Shepherd looks awfully suspicious here. I guess he should be, as he never played an inning in 1987, or ever again. I'm fairly certain this is the lone Topps card of the man who played with the Jays for parts of three seasons. As unlikely as it is, Ron here makes the binder as well in the absence of another #643 buyback.
1987 Topps #109 - R.J. Reynolds
What a great card. The crazy Pirates hat, the smile, the green-painted concrete dugout. This one certainly makes a strong case for franken-set selection.
1987 Topps #556 - Angels Leaders
I always thought the team leader cards looked a bit awkward in 1987 Topps. In this case, the background makes it look like these guys are chatting in front of a circus tent.
1987 Topps #69 - Lonnie Smith
You wouldn't know it based on the smile here, but Lonnie Smith was going through a pretty rough stretch in his life when this photo was taken.
1987 Topps #250 - Teddy Higuera
Coming off of a 20-win season in 1986, Teddy Higuera couldn't quite replicate that in '87. He still had a solid year, going 18-10 for the Brewers, but his ERA increased by over a run.
1987 Topps #33 - Andy Van Slyke
Last card for today. Van Slyke was on the cusp of greatness in 1987, turning in a solid .293 / 21 / 82 stat line with an OPS of .866. Beginning in 1988, he'd earn some combination of Gold Glove/Silver Slugger awards or an All-Star selection for six consecutive seasons.
Well, I got two new numbers for the project out of this anyway. Hope you've had your fill of wood-grain for the weekend now. Thanks for stopping by.
Franken-set Progress: 464/792 (58%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 302
Total Buybacks in Collection: 766