1969 Topps #384 - Larry Shepard
Grabbed this one because it was less than a buck, and features that fantastic palm tree background. Larry Shepard's time at the helm in Pittsburgh lasted just two seasons, but at least he got a nice looking baseball card out of it. Best of all, this is my first #384 buyback, so into the franken-set binder it goes!
1967 Topps #371 - Jim Lonborg
Here's one I'm particularly fond of as a Red Sox fan. 1967 was the famed "Impossible Dream" season for Boston, and Jim Lonborg was a big part of that team. Certainly the most important pitcher on the staff that season, the best of his career. He won 22 games and a Cy Young award. The buyback from that famed season has to make the franken-set, right?
1969 Topps #364 - Tommie Agee
Final card for today is Tommie Agee's 1969 release. Like the Lonborg above, this one's significant in that 1969 was one hell of a season for the Mets! The blotched out helmet logo really annoys me, but the interesting (if a bit fuzzy) background action more than makes up for it. A fine buyback indeed!
That's a wrap for today. We got one of each possible outcome within this trio; a new number for the set, a card that successfully battled its way in, and another that lost out in its bid for the binder. I'll take it!
Franken-set Progress: 653/792 (82%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 119/792 (15%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 619
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,391