1973 Topps #315 - John "Blue Moon" Odom
Love the first card right out of the gate. Blue Moon Odom may not have exactly been the ace of the powerhouse 1973 Oakland A's staff, but he started 24 games for them nonetheless. John would also see relief work in both the ALCS and World Series in '73. The best thing about this card though is easily the fantastic action shot, a prime example of what the '73 release is known for.
1973 Topps #403 - Sonny Jackson
Let's face it, this card is all about one thing and one thing only. Those fantastic eyeglasses. Are they enough to land Sonny Jackson a spot in the franken-set binder?
1973 Topps #222 - Rob Gardner
Some super heavy airbrushing going on in this Rob Gardner photo. Not exactly one of the more visually appealing 1973 Topps cards you'll run across.
1973 Topps #445 - Ken Berry
Next up, Angels outfielder Ken Berry. Ken won a couple of Gold Gloves in his career, and swatted a respectable .284 in '73. The halo cap and state of California shoulder patch give this buyback some weight, as well as that great stadium backdrop.
1973 Topps #7 - Texas Rangers
Alright, this next one was pretty rough. A nice enough team card of the Rangers here, but there are two problems with it. First of all, the Rangers were pretty terrible in 1973. Like 57-105 terrible. Worse than that though, being #7 in the 1973 Topps set this buyback gets pitted against...
1973 Topps #102 - Rudy May
It's obvious what the most interesting thing is about this card, and that's that some (presumably) young fan took a pen to it and moved Rudy May from the Angels to the Cubs. I'm a bit perplexed by this due to the fact that Rudy never pitched for Chicago to my knowledge, but I love the unique touch to the card. I'd like to welcome it to the franken-set based on the personal touch alone...
1973 Topps #77 - Mike Torrez
Of the three plus seasons that Mike Torrez spent in Montreal, 1973 was statistically his worse. I really like the photograph here though, bright and vibrant with a dated warm-up jacket on beneath the uniform.
1973 Topps #48 - Paul Splittorff
Back to the action shots now with Royals pitcher Paul Splittorff. Did you know that Paul won 20 games in 1973?!?! I sure didn't. There's some good bar stool trivia for you, anyway. As for the buyback, at card #48 it's got some competition for the franken-set...
1973 Topps #442 - Dick Dietz
When I first came across this Dick Dietz buyback I figured it was a shoe-in for the binder. I love the simple photograph, even if Dietz wasn't exactly a world-beater in 1973 (his final season, and he actually played it with the Braves, not the Dodgers).
1973 Topps #56 - Merv Rettenmund
Last buyback for tonight, and it's O's outfielder Merv Rettenmund. Merv had a couple of really good seasons for Baltimore at the start of the decade, but wasn't quite as successful in '73. Will the random equipment strewn about in the background be enough to push him into the franken-set, though?
Well, that was a fun look back at this awesome set in buyback format. No new numbers for the project came out of this, but at least a few nice cards successfully fought their way into the binder and improved a few completed pages.
For the next installment in this series, we'll return to the small lot of buybacks I picked up for around the cost of a blaster a couple of months ago. Until then, thanks as always for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 656/792 (82%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 121/792 (15%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 654
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,431