1969 Topps #89 - Russ Gibson
Yes, this Russ Gibson is completely beat to hell. It's probably one of the worst-conditioned buybacks I've encountered over the course of this project so far. The thing is, it's a Red Sox buyback, it's a number that was previously missing from the franken-set, and it was listed for the bare minimum price of 18 cents. It's hard for me to turn down any buyback for less than a quarter, so here we are.
1975 Topps #639 - Steve Kline
As I expected, the higher numbered portion of the franken-set has been the toughest to complete so far, so any buyback numbered 600 or above carries a little extra weight for me. That's why, despite the mystery stain/mark all over the front of this one, I just couldn't resist. In fact, this part of the set is so sparsely populated that Steve has a page of his own in the binder at this point.
1975 Topps #657
Along those same lines here's another, this one just about as high a number '75 as you can get. A late-season trade in 1974 sent Bob Oliver to Baltimore from the Angels, thus the terrible airbrush job we are treated to here. After just 9 games in Baltimore to finish out the '74 season the Yankees picked up his contract. Pretty cool to get a short term stop card into the set.
1962 Topps #112 - Hank Foiles
Last one for today, journeyman backup catcher Hank Foiles. I picked this one up because I love the photo (especially that shoulder patch!), because I don't have many '62s in the binder yet, and because it set me back just 48 cents.
Four previously empty slots now filled in the binder for just a couple bucks, I'll take that!
Franken-set Progress: 311/792 (39%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 83
Total Buybacks in Collection: 394