1979 Topps #519 - Ben Oglivie
Ben Oglivie enjoyed one of the better seasons of his career in 1979. It was the only season where he'd reach 30 doubles, and he also accumulated 29 home runs and drove in 81 despite missing more than twenty games. A nice bat barrel photograph on this one, too.
1986 Topps Traded #46T - Mike Heath
Next we've got a really nice example of 1986 Topps at its finest. I wouldn't rank this among my favorite flagship designs of all-time, but when you get a good photograph like this with matching colors it really works quite well. I'd love to welcome Mike Heath here to the binder but...
1987 Topps #402 - Mike Trujillo
Here's pitcher Mike Trujillo, who debuted with the Boston Red Sox a couple of seasons before this card was printed. I like the retro Mariners logo but let's face it, this is about as dull as 1987 Topps gets.
1989 Topps #753 - Jose Uribe
How about light-hitting infielder Jose Uribe preparing to take a hack on his '89 release? Well, thanks to its nice high number it makes the binder without competition. Proof that at this stage of the project you don't necessarily have to be a super interesting card to make the cut, you sometimes just have to be lucky.
1987 Topps #451 - Joe Sambito
Always pleased to land a new Red Sox buyback, even if it is from everyone's favorite over-produced set. '87 was the final year of Sambito's 11-season MLB career. In 45 appearances he posted an ERA of 6.93 on what was a very uninspiring 5th place team. 1987 was not a great year to be a Red Sox fan. This is the first #451 buyback I've encountered to date, Joe's in!
1985 Topps #25 - Steve Bedrosian
Thanks to this card I learned a new fact about Steve Bedrosian. I remember Steve as a dominant closer with the Phillies, who won a Cy Young in 1987 thanks to his league-leading 40 saves. In 1985 though, Bedrosian's last year in Atlanta, the Braves used him exclusively as a starter for the only time in his career. He made 37 starts that season, going 7-15 for an unbelievably bad Braves team (96 losses). Amazingly, this is my first #25 buyback and that's three new numbers in a row here!
1990 Topps #35 - Benny Santiago
Here's a 1990 Topps buyback of catcher Benny Santiago. Nowhere near as nice as his iconic 1991 card, admittedly. Will this one make the franken-set, or head off to my separate 1990 Topps buyback binder?
That's only seven buybacks, but I'm going to call it here for today. Reason being is that these seven take me to a nice, tidy 995 buybacks overall. To celebrate my crossing of the 1,000 buybacks threshold, I'm going to feature five superstar buybacks over the next five posts, working up to a real doozy for buyback number 1,000. If you've been enjoying this project so far then I think you'll really like what I have queued up for the next few days!
Franken-set Progress: 544/792 (68%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 451
Total Buybacks in Collection: 995