1964 Topps #353 - Wally Moon
Off to a real strong start here! Wally Moon's uni-brow has long been celebrated by collectors young and old, and it sure is on prominent display on his '64 Topps issue. I stumbled across this card months ago when looking at other items being offered by a seller I'd won an auction with, and immediately threw it into my cart. $2.99 and another new number gets crossed off the list, welcome to the binder Wally Moon!
1990 Topps #172 - Tom Lampkin
Next up, catcher Tom Lampkin. I bought this buyback for one reason and one reason only, to strengthen my 1990 Topps buyback set.
1999 Topps #385 - Curt Schilling
Curt Schilling's 1992 Topps card has been in the franken-set for some time now, and has defeated more than one challenger to retain its spot too. Will his 1999 card join it? Yes it will, since it's my first #385 buyback. This one may stick around for a while too, since Curt had a solid season in 1999, hitting the 15-win mark for the third consecutive season for Philadelphia.
1990 Topps #119 - Billy Hatcher
Billy Hatcher was actually dealt to the Reds at the outset of the 1990 season. He'd appear in over 130 games with Cincinnati, and would win a World Series that year. I'd say that trade was a favorable one for Mr. Hatcher here. Unfortunately, his franken-set match-up is not so favorable...
2006 Topps #468 - Johan Santana
I grabbed this one because it was dirt cheap, and because Johan Santana was one of the better pitchers of his day. Even better, this is a 2006 Topps buyback, and in 2006 Johan was arguable the best pitcher in baseball. He lead the American League in starts (34!), innings pitched, wins, ERA, strikeouts, WHIP, and a host of other categories. This one has to make the binder, right?
1990 Topps #371 - Jimmy Key
Back to 1990 Topps, this time with lefty Jimmy Key. Key went 13-7 for the Jays in 1990, with an ERA on the wrong side of 4.00. Not exactly the most exciting card in the '90s Topps set if I'm being quite honest.
1988 Topps #14 - Sparky Anderson
Love this one, what a great shot of the aged baseball lifer. Unfortunately for Anderson, his Tigers would finish one game behind the Red Sox in 1988. With a very low card number of 14, I figured this would not be an open slot in the binder.
1990 Topps #338 - Dennis Lamp
I know, I know. Another 1990 Topps buyback. Dennis Lamp answered the call to the pen quite often in 1990, as he appeared in 47 games that year, just one of which was a start.
1987 Topps #212 - Mike Fitzgerald
Next up, Mike Fitzgerald, who seems like he was a serviceable if unspectacular catcher for a few years there. His '87 Topps card is a good one though, perfect photograph and equally important is the fact that it's perfectly cropped.
1969 Topps #423 - Bert Campaneris All-Star
Last card for tonight, another impressive one if you ask me. 1969 wasn't Campaneris' best year offensively by any means, but he did swipe 62 bags nonetheless! It's just too bad nobody told him to put his hat on here. Still, an interesting buyback and a nice-enough looking card; I never get tired of these '69 All-Stars.
I've completed the page where this card number sits, here's a look at how it looks now after Campaneris supplanted Toliver in the lower right:
A couple of new numbers, a couple of cards that battled their way in to strengthen the franken-set, and a whopping four new additions to the 1990 buyback set. I'll take that any day! Thanks as always for stopping by...
Franken-set Progress: 636/792 (80%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 105/792 (13%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 541
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,282