At first I got excited thinking that maybe Shane had starting printing hard copies of his own excellent customs, but I don't recall having seen this one posted on his blog before. There's no indication on the back of what year the card was printed, or who was responsible. Anyone?
First up is Dusty Cooke, who played for the Yankees, Red Sox and Reds in the 1930s, primarily as a fourth outfielder. After wrapping up his playing career he served in the US Navy in Okinawa during WWII.
Underscoring why collectors love the Conlon release so much, all four of these represent the first cards of their respective subjects to enter into my collection. Awesome stuff.
own one or two of these, and the set is one of my absolute favorites as far as pre-war cards go. I just think the design is gorgeous, and many of the players in this release don't have a lot of other cardboard out there given the limited number of sets that were printed during the 1920s.
As it so happens, Herb Pennock is one of the Red Sox I don't have from this set, so Shane definitely hit the mark with this last reprint.
Last, but certainly not least, Shane dropped seven new buybacks for my franken-set project into this package! Let's review...
1966 Topps #114 - Jim Gosger
Jim Gosger played for five franchises/six teams over his career (he was with the As during the KC-to-Oakland transition). He was mostly a reserve fourth outfielder who also made a few appearances at first base. 1966 was his last season with Boston, so he was not on the roster for the 1967 "Impossible Dream" season.
1988 Topps #233 - Rafael Santana
Rafael Santana won a World Series with the Mets in '86 against Boston. Despite being a Red Sox fan, I'm too young to have any memories of that disaster of a World Series. These days Santana's serving as a scout in the Dominican for the White Sox organization.
1987 Topps #12 - Jeff Sellers
A new Red Sox buyback, score! Sellers was a promising starter for Boston at one point, but his career was cut short due to a combination of injury and Lyme disease. As far as the franken-set goes, the news doesn't get much better for Jeff:
1988 Topps #79 - Ernie Whitt
Ernie Whitt actually began his MLB career with the Red Sox in 1976, but is better remembered for the time he spent with the Blue Jays between 1977 and 1989. Whitt was coming off the best season of his career here, as he hit 19 HR and drove in 75 runs in 1987.
1977 Topps #477 - Rookie Infielders
This is actually the very first four-player rookie from '77 Topps to be evaluated for this project. I was familiar with the tragic story of Doug Ault, and Rich Dauer won a World Series with Baltimore in '83, but I don't really know much about the two bottom subjects. A great card to add some variety to the binder for sure.
1992 Topps #652 - Bobby Rose
Bobby Rose played sparsely over the course of a few seasons with the Angels, but really hit his stride when he took his talents overseas to Japan. There he was selected as an All-Star multiple times, and even won a batting title in 1999. Cool story, and this is also just the third buyback from 1992 Topps to make the franken-set binder.
1968 Topps #581 - Garry Roggenburk
The last buyback I have for today is definitely my favorite of the group, as Shane was kind enough to gift me with his box topper from his hobby box of 2017 Heritage. This is an especially thoughtful gift given that Shane is himself a Red Sox fan and collector. I have no idea where Garry is standing in this particular photo (is that a greenhouse?!?!), but I was psyched to find that I didn't have a 581 buyback previously. A very solid addition to this project to say the least.
Best of all, the seven buybacks that Shane sent along now mean that I've evaluated 500 total buybacks for this project here on the blog! Not too shabby for a project I started less than a year ago now.
Shane, thank you so much for the awesome batch of cardboard! I have the remaining Bowman Heritage cards I owe you all bagged up, but have been held back by the fact that I lack the appropriately sized bubble mailer to get them sent off. I promise I will get it done by the end of the week here...
Franken-set Progress: 355/792 (44%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 145
Total Buybacks in Collection: 500