1969 Topps #349 - Dick Williams
Coming out strong with a recent eBay pick-up, a 2018 Topps Heritage 1969 buyback of the great Red Sox skipper Dick Williams! Dick has pretty much been a household name among die-hard Red Sox fans since he led the team during their 1967 "Incredible Dream" season. Was psyched to be able to land a buyback of the manager, especially one from his days with Boston.
So, does this one make the franken-set?
1985 Topps #785 - Tony Armas
How about consecutive Red Sox buybacks to start today's post? I like it! I don't recall exactly where I picked this one up, but I remember why I grabbed it. I was attracted by the fact that it was such a high number at 785. My instincts were correct when I grabbed it too, as it fills an open slot in the binder and is actually the second-highest number I've picked up for the project so far. Nice to fill in an empty pocket in the binder's final page!
1959 Topps #143 - Willie Tasby
Next up is another Heritage buyback, this one from the Sporting News Rookie Stars subset of the 1959 Topps release. I love the '59 set, but the Rookie Stars cards aren't my favorites to be brutally honest. Don't know much about Willie Tasby either, though he did play about half a season with the Red Sox in 1960 before the upstart Senators grabbed him in the expansion draft.
1959 Topps #137 - Dick Ricketts
Here's another '59 Rookie Stars buyback; I think I picked this one up in the same lot as the Tasby above. This is a very cool buyback because, although Dick took the mound only 12 times in his MLB career, he was a successful pro basketball player as well! In fact, the Milwaukee Hawks selected him with the very first pick in the 1955 NBA draft. Dick was a first-team All-American in basketball with Duquesne prior to being drafted, and his number is actually retired at the school.
1967 Topps #406 - Lee Elia
Lee Elia wasn't much of a player in MLB from what I can tell, though to be fair I was born a couple of decades after he hung up the spikes. He's remained close to the game through the years though, managing the Cubs and the Phillies in the '80s. He was a Major League coach as recently as 2008, and is still employed by the Braves organization today at age 80!
1990 Topps #386 - Julio Franco All-Star
Last card for today, a buyback from my beloved 1990 Topps set. This was the first baseball card set I collected as a kid, so it scores a 10/10 on the nostalgia scale for me. So much so that I've actually started a separate buyback project where I'm trying to complete this entire set in buyback form. For me, this card also doubles as a great addition to my "ageless wonders" collection of guys who played professionally well into their 40s.
So, what's the fate of Julio here?
Not a bad round today for just half a dozen new cards, as I added one new number each to the franken-set and the 1990 Topps set. On top of that the Dick Williams card and the multi-sport star Ricketts, while not new numbers, certainly improved the quality of the franken-set binder on the whole.
Thanks as always for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 607/792 (76%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 65/792 (8%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 465
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,137