1979 Topps #81 - Roger Erickson
We'll start off with Roger Erickson's rookie card, courtesy of 1979 Topps. Roger's 1979 season was nothing to write home about, as he finished with a record of 3-10 and an ERA on the wrong side of 5.50. Ouch! Still, an interesting backdrop at least, I always appreciate seeing trees on a baseball card.
1978 Topps #73 - Andy Hassler
Here's Andy Hassler, who looks in this photo as though he was roughly 9' tall. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but Hassler was an intimidating 6'5", and it really shows here. He began 1978 with the Royals, but would end it with the Red Sox.
1979 Topps #174 - Rick Auerbach
Sticking with the late '70s, it's Rick Auerbach. Despite being noted as a "SS-2B", Rick played more games at third in '79 (18) than he did at second (just 3). Here you get a good look at Auerbach's "pythons" that are responsible for his 9 career home runs.
1974 Topps #411 - Frank Baker
No way, a buyback of HOFer Frank "Home Run" Baker?!?!?! What's that? Oh, this is the Frank Baker with 1 career home run in just 146 career games played? Well, he makes the franken-set binder regardless, as slot 411 was empty...
1975 Topps #322 - Ed Goodson
Next up, a colorful '75 Ed Goodson. Ed looks a little concerned here, and he should be given that his path to the binder is blocked:
1978 Topps #130 - Jeff Burroughs
Here's former NL MVP Jeff Burroughs, rocking some killer shades. I love the late-'70s Braves gear. If Burroughs is to make the binder though he'll have to oust this card:
1969 Topps #367 - Lou Johnson
Lou Johnson (who appears to be whistling here?) was traded to the Indians mid-way through the 1968 season, but actually spent 1969 with the Angels after they acquired him in trade just before the season got underway. Unfortunately for hat-less Lou here, he faces off against an aesthetically pleasing Heritage buyback when it comes to franken-set induction:
1975 Topps #247 - Enos Cabell
I don't know a whole lot about Enos Cabell, as he wrapped up his career a few years before I became a fan of the game. Still, a classic pose here on a classic design, and complete with the "slightly tilted photograph" that seemed to define Topps in the '70s. A strong candidate for the franken-set for sure.
1966 Topps #208 - Bob Miller
Here's the one non-'70s buyback from today's entrants, a '66 Bob Miller. Miller was a reliable if unspectacular arm whose versatility enabled him to enjoy a lengthy MLB career that included three World Series championships.
1976 Topps #265 - Willie Davis
Lastly, my favorite card of today's post, Willie Davis' 1976 release. Just look at that smile! There's a man enjoying his craft right there. I would've been hard pressed to choose another buyback over this one, but thankfully I don't have to as I hadn't yet acquired a #265 for the project!
Only a couple of new numbers, but that's about par for the course at this stage. Nice to be back at it!
Franken-set Progress: 512/792 (63%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 376
Total Buybacks in Collection: 888