1974 Topps #468 - Pepe Frias
Off to a good start, given that the majority of the buybacks from Topps' 2017 promotion were from 1980 or newer. I always appreciate a good Montreal Expos card, too. Pepe wasn't exactly lighting the baseball world on fire in his second season in the big leagues in '74, but it's a cool card nonetheless. Good shot at franken-set induction, right?
1987 Topps #134 - Rich Yett
Rich Yett on what amounts to a pretty boring example of 1987 Topps if I'm being brutally honest. Even that warm-up jacket isn't enough to save this one. No chance for the binder I'd assume...
1989 Topps #787 - Dave West
A buyback of an obscure pitcher with a sub-.500 career record who I know next to nothing about given that he played the majority of his career in the NL? Well, the thing is this one's a nice high card number at #787, high enough to be located on the final page of the binder in fact. This is my first #787 buyback, so Dave West is in by default!
1985 Topps #41 - Mike Fischlin
I was excited to pull a few 1985 buybacks within the selection in today's post. Without crunching the numbers, I can tell you that it's one of the least-represented Topps sets in the binder at this stage.
The subject of the first one isn't all that exciting though, as Mike Fischlin hit exactly the Mendoza Line in 69 plate appearances in '85.
1987 Topps #113 - Neil Allen
A smiling Neil Allen greets us next, courtesy of his 1987 Topps issue. Neil had some decent years as both a starter and out of the bullpen, but played on some pretty awful teams. Doesn't seem to have gotten him too down judging by this photograph! That's a smile I could see in the franken-set, but...
1990 Topps #88 - Glenn Braggs
Sweet! Always happy to pull a new 1990 buyback of any sort given my insane quest to attempt this entire set in buyback format. I was actually hoping that I already had a decent #88 buyback in the franken-set binder so that I could shift Glenn Braggs here over to my dedicated 1990 Topps buyback binder. As it turns out though, this is my first #88 buyback, and fills an empty slot in the franken-set. That project takes priority over the '90 Topps buyback set right now, so into the franken-set he goes.
1985 Topps #326 - Kevin Bass
Here's another '85 I grabbed in this bunch. Kevin Bass is certainly a better subject, maybe this will be the card that gets 1985 Topps some representation in the binder?
1985 Topps #561 - Darryl Motley
But wait, we have one more attempt from 1985 Topps to crack the binder! I'll be honest, I don't know the first thing about this guy, and I can understand why as he was effectively done in Major League Baseball by the time I was old enough to become a fan. I'd say this card is a long shot at best...
1974 Topps #294 - Steve Foucault
Today's penultimate buyback is Steve Foucault's 1974 issue. Pretty good sign that I've pulled two '74s randomly from this lot already. I like the classically-'70s tilted background and advertising on this card. This one worked out great too, because in slot 294 prior to this...
1987 Topps #3 - Dwight Evans Record Breaker
Last card is a great one for this Red Sox fan, a nice Dewey Evans Record Breaker subset card from 1987 Topps. If you've followed this series for very long though you may remember...
That was a successful run. After striking out quite a bit lately on adding new numbers to the binder, I picked up two in this one post. On top of that, I had a couple of combatants battle their way into the binder, and increased my 1990 Topps buyback set by a single card as well. Not a bad day at the office.
Thanks as always for stopping by, and I'll be back soon with another batch of buybacks!
Franken-set Progress: 655/792 (82%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 121/792 (15%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 635
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,411