1972 Topps #82 - Ron Woods
I picked up this Ron Woods simply because I love 1972 Topps, and because I'm intrigued by the Montreal Expos. After Ron wrapped up his time in Montreal he headed over to Japan for a couple of years to finish up his professional baseball career.
1988 Topps #405 - Dwight Gooden All-Star
An extremely yellow Doc Gooden All-Star card is up next. I love the look of this one, just screams 1980s. I'm not sure why Gooden got an All-Star subset card in the '88 set when, according to Baseball Reference, he was not an All-Star the season prior.
1986 Topps #142 - Bob Jones
1986 was the end of the line in Major League Baseball for 36-year-old Bob Jones. I have to be honest and say this is not a very exciting buyback, just happened to come my way as part of a large lot. It would take an open slot, or a miracle match-up, for Bob to make the franken-set.
1988 Topps #368 - Gerald Young
Here's another one I don't expect to put up much of a fight, acquired in the same lot as the Bob Jones if memory serves. At the outset of 1988 this was probably a good card to pull, as Gerald had swatted .321 in 74 games as a rookie in 1987, finishing 5th in NL ROY voting. His lifetime batting average ended up being .246.
1959 Topps #319 - Dave Hillman
Dave Hillman's 1959 release is up next, and I feel like we've got a real contender for the binder. These were inserted as box-toppers in 2008 Topps Heritage, the first year that Topps did these actually. Hillman would actually join the Red Sox after the 1959 season.
1984 Topps #261 - Bobby Brown
Here's another pretty bland buyback that was picked up in a lot. The 85 games that Bobby Brown saw action in during 1984 were the second most in a season during his seven years as a part-time MLB player.
1989 Topps #55 - Julio Franco
Alright, here's a buyback I really like. I've talked many times about my love of the ageless Julio Franco, and I half collect him just due to the fact that he stuck around for so many years. His '89 Topps card is a strong candidate for franken-set inclusion. 1989 was actually Julio's first year with the Rangers, as Cleveland dealt him to Texas in the 1988 off-season. He made a big splash upon his arrival in Texas, swatting .316.
1990 Topps #552 - Mike Smith
Hey alright, another 1990 Topps buyback! You know the drill here, if there's any way possible I'm going to slide this guy into my dedicated 1990 Topps buyback set.
1974 Topps #382 - Bob Moose
Next up, Bob Moose and a huge mop of hair on his 1974 Topps release. All that hair (including the mustache), the stir-ups, a tilted background; this is a perfect 1970s card right here. Unfortunately, Bob had the worst year of his career in 1974, going 1-5 with an ERA above 7.50. Ouch!
1999 Topps #422 - Orlando Hernandez
Here's our final hopeful for today, a much more recent buyback of El Duque. This one pains me a bit, as Hernandez's impressive 1999 season (17 wins) was highlighted by his ALCS MVP Award after he dominated the Red Sox in two starts in the Championship Series that year. He was really good in his one World Series start as well, and the Yankees won it all that season.
That's a wrap for this latest installment. A pretty brutal day for this project to be honest, with most contenders getting shut down and just a couple fighting their way into the binder.
Thanks as always for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 652/792 (82%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 119/792 (15%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 616
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,387