1977 Topps #201 - Ed Kranepool
First up, first baseman Ed Kranepool, who played his entire MLB career for the Mets. He was a member of the 1969 "Miracle Mets" team, and is enshrined in the Mets HOF. Normally I'd be delighted to welcome Ed to the franken-set, but #201 is an unfortunate card number to have as far as this project goes...
1979 Topps #176 - Aurelio Rodriguez
Next up, a '79 Topps Aurelio Rodriguez. Not quite as cool as his '69 Topps release, which shows the team bat-boy in the photograph, but I've never seen a buyback version of that card. Aurelio passed away tragically in 2000, when he was hit by a car while standing on the sidewalk in the middle of the afternoon. This card makes the cut for the franken-set.
1977 Topps #126 - Rod Gilbreath
Yeah...so...Rod Gilbreath. Rod wrapped up his brief MLB career before I was born, and this isn't a terribly exciting card. No matter, it's not going to make the franken-set anyway with this card already in slot 126:
1975 Topps #318 - Ernie McAnally
Not the greatest start for the franken-set at just 1 for 3 so far in this lot, but that starts to turn around here with Ernie McAnally (brought to you by Coca-Cola!). He's in uncontested at #318.
1974 Topps #416 - Chicago White Sox Team
For the second straight buyback post we have a nice '70s team card. The White Sox were as mediocre as is mathematically possible in '74, finishing 80-80. The most notable player in their Opening Day lineup was probably Ron Santo at DH. This card is in!
1973 Topps #79 - Jim Willoughby
Jim Willoughby, pictured here with the Giants, was a key bullpen arm for the 1975 Red Sox team. He makes the franken-set with no current competition. Up next is yet another '73 Topps buyback...
1973 Topps #491 - Bob Montgomery
Bob Montgomery's entire career was spent as a catcher with the Red Sox, from 1970 through 1979. Happy to add another Red Sox buyback to the franken-set binder, especially one with as high a number as 491. This was one of two cards that had me interested in this lot in particular.
1974 Topps #74 - Cecil Upshaw
1972 Topps cards are few and far between at this stage of my buyback project. This Cecil Upshaw would put me at just half a dozen in the franken-set to date. Not too fast though, slot 74 is already occupied...
1972 Topps #54 - Bud Harrelson In Action
Final card here, and the other one that drew me to this small lot. Like I said, '72 buybacks have been tough, and this is the first from that set's In Action subset. Fitting to start the post with a member of the "Miracle Mets" team, and end it with one as well. Bud was also a coach during the team's 1986 World Series Championship season, and would later manage the club as well. He's a member of the Mets HOF.
Franken-set Progress: 207/792 (26%)