Now let's take a look at the buybacks. Chris grabbed four of them for me in total...
1991 Topps #82 - Tom Glavine
Coming out strong here with a HOF hurler from one of my favorite Topps sets ever! Not only that, but I love when a buyback comes from a set that represents a particularly good year in a player's career, and that's certainly the case with this one. Tom had arguably his best season in 1991, winning the first of two career Cy Young Awards, hitting the 20-win plateau for the first time, and pitching 9 complete games!
I can't imagine there are too many buybacks, especially at a relatively obscure card number like 82, that will keep this one from the binder. I do have one in slot 82 already...
1968 Topps #245 - Tony Gonzalez
Next we've got Tony Gonzalez on a very clean-looking 1968 Topps card. This is actually now the oldest gold foil Rediscover Topps buyback that I've accumulated to date. Tony had a few very good seasons, even garnered MVP votes on more than one occasion, but 1968 wasn't one of them. I do like the aesthetics of this particular card though, a classic pose from Tony and the Phillies colors really pop against that much lighter green and brown backdrop.
1968 Topps #91 - Jim Ollom
Next up, "Chinless" Jim Ollom (not his real nickname, just made that up). This one's actually got career stats on the back, as the 1966 and 1967 seasons constitute the entirety of Ollom's MLB career. While he might not have amounted to much at baseball's highest level, I truly adore the Heritage box-topper buybacks. They're actually my favorite type of buyback card, and I will absolutely give every single one of them a good home in my collection. Will that home be in the franken-set binder though, or the rejected box?
1961 Topps #90 - Jerry Staley
Finally, here's a 1961 Topps Jerry Staley (typically spelled Gerry). Amazingly, this is now the oldest silver foil Rediscover Topps buyback that I've landed to date. Crazy that with all the buybacks I have at this point Chris did that twice among this grouping of four. What's even more amusing is that this exact buyback has been in my cart more than once on COMC, just never pulled the trigger on it. I recognized it immediately and it certainly made me smile.
Gerry made his Major League debut all the way back in 1947, and wrapped up his 15-season MLB career in 1961. I love the close portrait of the grizzled veteran on this one. Perhaps the best thing about this buyback though is that it's the first #90 buyback that I've encountered, thus makes the binder by default and knocks another number off the list!
Chris, it was so nice of you to seek out some buybacks on my behalf, thank you so much! Even the two that didn't make the cut for the franken-set are beauts, and the Glavine and Staley cards really strengthened up the binder. I'm notoriously slow, but will try to have your return cards in the mail this coming week.
My next Buyback Franken-set post will also contain buybacks that were gifted to me by a fellow blogger. Stay tuned!
Franken-set Progress: 640/792 (80%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 106/792 (13%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 568
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,314