Today I've got the first ten to evaluate for my ongoing franken-set project...
1968 Topps #268 - Bob Humphreys
A box-topper buyback from this year's Heritage set was on top of the stack, nice! Bob Humphreys spent nine years as a relief pitcher in MLB, with his last appearance coming in 1970. A solid buyback for sure, and he's wearing a cap as he should be.
1988 Topps #714 - Jim Fregosi
Next we've got a nice high number of White Sox skipper Jim Fregosi courtesy of 1988 Topps. Unfortunately for Jim, his Sox finished a full 32.5 games behind the powerhouse Oakland A's in 1988. In the absence of any competing #714 buyback though he's in!
1997 Topps #93 - Derek Bell
This is an interesting one in that I haven't seen very many 1997 buybacks at all. Derek Bell was part of an impressive Astros lineup in the mid to late '90s, and enjoyed the finest seasons of his career during that stretch.
1987 Topps #487 - Dave Gumpert
Here's a bland '87 Topps Dave Gumpert. Dave was actually with the Royals for the 1987 season, but never saw action after May. Those would be his final innings in Major League Baseball, as he was granted free agency at season's end but never signed on with another club.
1988 Topps #135 - Dennis Rasmussen
The Yankees dealt pitcher Dennis Rasmussen to the Reds in August of 1987, and as a result Topps treated us to some solid airbrushing on his 1988 card. The jacket is particularly noticeable.
1988 Topps #412 - Randy Myers
Here's another '88, hurler Randy Myers of the Mets. Randy really hit his peak after being traded to the Reds, with whom he was named NLCS MVP in 1990. He wound up with four All-Star appearances over the course of his career as well. As my first #412 buyback Randy is now resident in the binder.
1988 Topps #723 - Bob Kipper
Next on the '88 Topps train, Bob Kipper, who is currently serving as the pitching coach for the Red Sox AAA Affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox, who play their home games only 15 minutes up the road from me. Another nice high number, this one is in by default!
1986 Topps #767 - Jody Davis
From there we proceed to Jody Davis, donning the tools of ignorance on his '86 Topps release. Jody was a rock at backstop for the Cubs in the '80s, appearing in 125 games or more every season from 1982 to 1987. In 1986 he was named an All-Star for the second time and won the lone Gold Glove of his career as well. Some good creds for a #767 for this project, but Davis is an automatic in regardless as my first #767.
1989 Topps #417 - Mike LaCoss
Mike LaCoss made 18 starts, and appeared in 45 games in total, for the Giants in 1989. He went 10-10 and finished with a very respectable 3.17 ERA, the second best mark of his Major League career. Based on this photograph it looks like Mike probably threw a mean splitter.
1967 Topps #317 - Cesar Tovar
Last card today, a beautiful 1967 Topps Heritage buyback of second baseman Cesar Tovar. Cesar is best known for once playing all nine defensive positions in a single game. Pretty much your standard '60s posed player-with-bat shot here. Does Cesar make the binder?
Franken-set Progress: 457/792 (57%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 282
Total Buybacks in Collection: 739