I feel constantly behind, and what's worse is that the time I'm spending trying to catch up is eating into the time I'd have to actually ship return cards to everyone. At some point in the near future here I might have to reconsider my modus operandi and start combining multiple packages into the same post, but for now I trudge on.
All of that was a very roundabout way of saying that today I present the latest excellent PWE that I received from Joe Shlabotnik of The Shlabotnik Report. Let's dive in...
Finally, to close out today's post, Joe was kind enough to send a trio of Topps buybacks to be evaluated for my franken-set project! Let's see how they fared...
1976 Topps #491 - Terry Crowley
Terry Crowley was a bench/role type player who served as a backup catcher, outfielder, pinch-hitter and DH for a few teams over the course of his career. He was fortunate enough to be on two World Series winners, the 1970 Orioles and the 1975 Reds. Unfortunately though, there's another '70s card in Terry's way in the franken-set:
1974 Topps #429 - Dick Lange
Dick Lange was a late-season call up for the Angels in 1972, and would play three more seasons with the team after that in what would be a relatively short career at the MLB level. 1974 was his busiest season by far, as he made more starts than in his other three seasons combined. It was also the only time he'd post a sub-4.00 ERA in any season.
1979 Topps #672 - Ed Halicki
The last of the buyback trio is a nice high-number courtesy of 1979 Topps. As I've mentioned before, this portion of the binder is sparsely populated, so this one automatically makes the cut and occupies a previously empty slot. As far as the subject, the highlight of Ed Halicki's 7-season MLB career was undoubtedly the no-hitter he tossed against the Mets in 1975.
Two out of three ain't bad when it comes to the buybacks making the cut! Thanks for these, and for the other great cards you sent as well Joe!
Franken-set Progress: 313/792 (40%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 94
Total Buybacks in Collection: 407