1990 Topps #182 - Mookie Wilson
Gotta love a 1990 buyback in the pole position. Mookie Wilson has always been a memorable card from this set for me, due to his classic pose on the dugout steps. Will this one take up residence in the franken-set binder, or the '90 Topps one?
1988 Topps #533 - John Farrell
Nice, here we have former Red Sox manager John Farrell on his '88 release! John, in just his mid-20s here, would make 30 starts for Cleveland in 1988, going 14-10. Although 533 seems like a relatively safe, obscure number, Farrell actually gets pitted against a very solid buyback already in the binder in this slot:
1987 Topps #470 - Dave Dravecky
Here's lefty Dave Dravecky of the San Diego Padres. Dave was a bright spot on a mediocre-at-best Padres team during most of the '80s, but was actually dealt away to the Giants midway through the '87 season. His "multiple of ten" card number though is good enough to get him into the binder uncontested as my first #470 buyback!
1990 Topps #524 - Daryl Boston
Yet another 1990 Topps buyback from Brett, he really hooked me up good. Boston was dealt to the Mets just a handful of games into the 1990 season, and went on to post a career-high 45 RBI with New York that year. I wish I could've bolstered my 1990 Topps buyback set with this one, but as it stands it's my first #524 buyback so into the franken-set binder it goes...
1984 Topps #199 - Willie Hernandez
Next up, Willie Hernandez, who looks like he was plucked right out of the '70s and plopped onto this 1984 card with that mustache and 'fro. Despite being depicted with the Phillies here, Hernandez actually spent the '84 season with the Tigers after being dealt there in March. You know what's really awesome about this buyback though? The fact that Willie won the Cy Young and MVP awards in 1984! I bet at least one person who reads this post will be surprised by that.
I especially love buybacks that feature major award winners from the year in which they won the award, so I fully expect this Willie Hernandez (my first #199 buyback) to retain its spot in the binder for a long while to come!
2006 Topps #UH107 - Kevin Jarvis
As a lover of obscure cardboard this one's another gem. Kevin Jarvis pitched for ten teams in his 12-year MLB career. The last 4 appearances of that career (3 starts and one bullpen call) came with Boston in 2006, and now I have that 4-game stint immortalized in buyback form!
1990 Topps #84 - Ray Searage
You thought we were done with 1990 Topps for today, didn't you? Not quite, as we have Dodgers hurler Ray Searage...
1990 Topps #725 - Terry Pendleton
...and third baseman Terry Pendleton as well. Terry missed a good deal of time with injury in 1990, so it wasn't his most impressive campaign...
1978 Topps #711 - Cardell Camper/Dennis Lamp/Craig Mitchell/Roy Thomas
Don't have many of these multi-player RCs from 1978 Topps in buyback form, so this card is a nice change of pace. Makes the binder by default too in the absence of any competition for spot 711. Another nice card for fans of the obscure; Cardell Camper appeared in 3 career games, Craig Mitchell just 5. Roy Thomas, and Dennis Lamp especially, had longer careers, but all four of them now call the franken-set binder home.
1989 Topps #750 - Bret Saberhagen
Last card for today, and it's another new number (and a "multiple of ten" number at that!) with star pitcher Bret Saberhagen on his 1989 Topps release. An absolutely fantastic buyback to close out the post with, as 1989 was arguably Bret's finest season. He led the league in innings pitched (262.1), ERA (2.16), wins (23), complete games (12), WHIP, strikeout-to-walk ratio, and a few other categories en route to his second American League Cy Young Award. Yup, it's gonna be tough to bounce Saberhagen here with those kind of numbers backing this card.
What an amazing grouping today. Five new numbers for the project, three new cards for the 1990 Topps buyback set, and a pair of Cy Young winners, both from the actual year in which they won the award. Simply awesome! The best part is that I have more buybacks from Brett yet to come!
Franken-set Progress: 586/792 (73%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 492
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,078