1960 Topps #139 - Carl Mathias
Coming out of the gate strong tonight with a Rookie Star subset buyback from 1960 Topps. Carl's career consists of just 29 innings across two MLB seasons, and he lost his only two decisions. A cool buyback nonetheless though, as you just don't encounter that many from the 1960 set.
1987 Topps #127 - Vance Law
Next we have a 1987 Vance Law. Vance was a solid glove at third base throughout the '80s, and was even an All-Star in 1988. He also made an impressive seven career pitching appearances in mop-up situations, to the tune of a more than respectable 3.38 career ERA!
1988 Topps #421 - Ed Vande Berg
Here's a relatively bland Ed Vande Berg. Hey when you're trying to form a franken-set this large, they're not all going to be winners.
1987 Topps #268 - Pat Corrales
Speaking of cap-less, here we have Indians skipper Pat Corrales. The Indians were widely predicted to be the best team in baseball heading into the 1987 season (including a cover story by Sports Illustrated), but they famously underachieved finishing seventh in the AL East. It was Corrales' final season as a Major League manager.
1990 Topps #176 - Luis Quinones
This one is pretty cool, not only because I'm one of the few who loves 1990 Topps, but because Quinones was the utility guy for the World Series champion Reds team of 1990.
1993 Topps #347 - Luis Sojo
Oddly enough, we have a second straight Luis, and not only that but a second straight Luis who served as a utility player! Sojo was even more successful than Quinones, as he won a World Series with the Blue Jays in '93, then four more with the Yankees during their late '90s dynasty.
1988 Topps #63 - Jimmy Jones
The Padres were the first team Jimmy Jones pitched for, before he moved on to stints with the Yankees, Astros and Expos. He even played overseas in Japan before wrapping up his career. I love the mesh jersey, so '80s.
1987 Topps #288 - Tito Landrum
Having seen my fair share of 2017 Rediscover Topps buybacks at this point, I would have to guess that 1987 Topps is the most represented set within the program. Most every lot I see for sale online contains more of the wood-grain border than any other design.
In what's become a common theme for tonight's post, I've already got a buyback in this slot:
2006 Topps #464 - Nick Swisher
We jump way ahead to 2006 for the last two buybacks of tonight's post. First up, Nick Swisher. The A's, and later the Yankees, are the teams that I associate Nick with most. Swisher is now retired, and recorded a single All-Star selection and a single World Series championship (both during his time in New York) in his career.
2006 Topps #316 - Craig Breslow
Last card for tonight, a buyback rookie card of lefty Craig Breslow. This one is significant to me as a Red Sox fan given that Craig was a member of the 2013 World Series winning team. Seems like a solid candidate for inclusion in the franken-set for sure, but...
In a true sign of just how tough it's getting to crack the binder, there were no new numbers for the project in this batch at all, for possibly the first time ever. A couple of them still fought their way into the binder over the competition however, plus I received another new 1990 Topps buyback, so still a solid round when all is said and done.
If I were to process these same ten again next week, at least two or three of them would probably go the other way in their match-ups. The decisions are starting to get tough as the buyback count rises. I've got one final batch from Nick coming up next, then it'll be back to some I picked up myself...
Franken-set Progress: 480/792 (60%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 331
Total Buybacks in Collection: 811