1988 Topps #298 - Milt Thompson
In the first spot today we've got outfielder Milt Thompson of the Phillies. A perfectly fine, if slightly bland, card as 1988 Topps goes. Thompson does get a really rough match-up as the franken-set goes, however...
1987 Topps #444 - Jeff Russell
Here's a smiling Jeff Russell on his '87 Topps release. I have this buyback in Gold Foil format already, but thanks to Topps going crazy and doing five different foil colors with the 2017 buybacks (too much), this is technically not a dupe.
1978 Topps #373 - Jim Willoughby
Sweet! I love that this '78 Jim Willoughby is so wildly off-center that there are even teeth marks that you can see along the left edge of the card. Jim actually pitched with the White Sox in '78, his final season in the Majors. Still, this one has to have a good shot at the binder, right?
1975 Topps #273 - Steve Braun
Next up, a nice 1975 Steve Braun. Steve had a good year in '75, batting over .300 for the only time in his career, and also contributing 11 home runs (the most he'd ever hit in a season). Love the batting cage shot, too. Is this where the tide changes and we get a buyback that makes the binder?
1973 Topps #109 - Doyle Alexander
We'll conclude with my personal favorite of the five buybacks Brett sent this time around. This Doyle Alexander is a beautiful card that really has it all. Behind the tall righty we've got spectators, and light towers, outfield wall advertising and even a few palm trees. 1973 Topps at its finest if I do say so myself. I'd imagine this one would win out against probably 90% of the potential competitors in the binder, but unfortunately...
Brett, I hope you're not discouraged by going 0-for-5. Your package was an awesome surprise at a time where I truly needed a pick-me-up, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the buybacks even though they didn't make the franken-set. The Willoughby will be an awesome addition to my Red Sox collection, and Doyle Alexander is easily one of the nicer looking buybacks in the rejected box.
Franken-set Progress: 634/792 (80%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 101/792 (12%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 537
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,272