1969 Topps #429 - Willie Horton All-Star
These all come from the 2018 Topps Heritage buyback box-topper program. Willie Horton here is the lone All-Star subset card in the grouping. This one has to make the cut for the franken-set, right?
1969 Topps #125 - Ray Sadecki
Lefty Ray Sadecki had really dropped off in production between his 20-win season for the 1964 World Series champion Cardinals and the time this card was printed up. His ERA ballooned from sub-3.00 to well over 4.00 in 1969, and he saw an increasing amount of bullpen work.
1969 Topps #36 - Luke Walker
Luke Walker had an average season for the Bucs in 1969. He really exploded in 1970, enough so to earn both Cy Young and MVP votes. 1969 though was just average...
1969 Topps #555 - Jim Hart
Next up, outfielder Jim Hart of the Giants. Jim could really slug the ball, but unfortunately he was a total liability on the defensive side of the ball. Because of that he never really achieved his true potential in Major League Baseball, despite a few notable seasons.
1969 Topps #267 - Vicente Romo
The Tribe actually traded Vicente Romo to the Red Sox in April of 1969. The Red Sox certainly handed him the ball a lot, as he made 52 appearances with Boston before the season was over.
1969 Topps #127 - Kevin Collins
Unfortunately for Kevin Collins, he was dealt to the Expos in June of 1969, and thus was not on the roster for the miraculous post-season run the Mets enjoyed that year. Then again, that was the trade that brought Donn Clendenon to New York. So I guess it's doubtful the Mets would have won it all had they not executed that trade in June, given how clutch Clendenon was in the World Series that year.
Well, that got my mind off things for a bit, but if I'm being honest my heart's just not in it at the moment. I'm sure I'll be back soon though. Thanks for stopping by as always.
Franken-set Progress: 632/792 (79%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 101/792 (12%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 520
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,253