1963 Topps #32 - Tony Gonzalez
We start off with what's probably the best buyback in the post, and one of the older buybacks I've picked up to date from the 2017 "Rediscover Topps" promotion. Tony Gonzalez was a solid-hitting center fielder for the Phillies in the '60s too. Funny how the Rediscover Topps foil looks like it's kind of falling into Tony's glove in the inset photo there.
1990 Topps #498 - Rick Schu
Don't have a whole lot to say about part-time third baseman Rick Schu. I appreciate any and all 1990 Topps buybacks though.
1984 Topps #776 - Craig Reynolds
Next up we have longtime Astros infielder Craig Reynolds. Reynolds was an All-Star for a couple of consecutive seasons in the late '70s. This one's a win as far as I'm concerned though, as #776 is a nice new high number for the binder. Sweet!
1989 Topps #86 - Al Nipper
Here's Cubs hurler Al Nipper's 1989 Topps release. Chicago actually released Nipper just before the start of the '89 season, and he didn't play at all that year. Kinda makes this buyback a bit of a dud.
1991 Topps #428 - John Barfield
1991 Topps was really a great set, but John Barfield here is far from the most interesting card the release has to offer. '91 was the final year of John's very brief big league career. He was actually shot to death in a domestic dispute on Christmas Eve a couple years back, yikes.
1990 Topps #726 - Gene Nelson
Nice, another '90 Topps buyback. I have to be one of the only collectors on the planet that would be excited by these. Will Gene have any better luck with the franken-set than Rick Schu did above?
1984 Topps #114 - Checklist
Hah, kinda funny, I think this is the first buyback checklist I've encountered so far. In order for it to make the franken-set binder though it has to unseat...
1988 Topps #777 - Lonnie Smith
Here's the second new number in today's grouping, as Lonnie Smith slides into the binder in pocket 777. Interesting that despite me grabbing a totally random grouping of ten I ended up with 776 and 777 in the same post. 1988 wasn't a great year for Lonnie, as he hit just .237, a career low for any season with at least 50 plate appearances. Won't be too hard to bounce this one if I ever encounter another #777 buyback.
1989 Topps #194 - Greg Harris
Greg Harris actually garnered a few Rookie of the Year votes in 1989 (finishing 7th), but was out of baseball after the 1995 season. An obvious Spring Training shot on this card.
1988 Topps #399 - Tim Wallach All-Star
Last card for today, a Tim Wallach All-Star courtesy of 1988 Topps. This is a great buyback in my book, as it commemorates Wallach's 1987 All-Star selection, which was an absolute monster year and by far the best of his career. Tim swatted .298 with 26 home runs and career highs in doubles (42) and RBI (123!). He earned a Silver Slugger to go along with his All-Star selection, and actually finished 4th in MVP voting as well.
Two new numbers, and two new cards for my 1990 Topps buyback project as well. Hard to believe I've looked at well over 900 buybacks now since beginning this project. In a few more posts I should hit 1,000, and I've got a special buyback planned for that occasion. A jaw-dropper for sure.
Thanks for checking in!
Franken-set Progress: 527/792 (66%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 421
Total Buybacks in Collection: 948