For starters I received this 2016 Heritage Combo Card insert featuring a couple of guys who had pretty great seasons last year. I don't buy a whole lot of modern cards typically, so while I'd seen this one before I always assumed it was part of the base set. Now I see that they were actually an insert. You learn something new every day.
Sammy White once scored three times in a single inning for Boston, and caught Mel Parnell's 1956 no-hitter as well!
completed the entire 21-card run in a grade of PSA 6 a few years ago. It's great to get a couple of raw copies for my Sox binders, the only one I'm missing raw now is some guy named Ted Williams!
As promised, Bob sent along a buyback as well, though he actually surprised me again here and sent not one but a pair!
1959 Topps #392 - Whitey Herzog
Whoa. Talk about a solid buyback to start off with. This '59 Herzog is from the 2014 Topps release; the first year they really did the whole buyback thing (outside of the Heritage box-toppers). Whenever I hear Herzog's name I think of him as a coach first and foremost, since those were the first cards of his that I saw as a kid. It's great to get a buyback from his playing days, especially one from a set I like as much as '59 Topps.
I assumed this one would be a shoe-in for the franken-set when I found it in the PWE, but as it so happens I added another nice #392 buyback to the binder only yesterday:
Besides, Bob had better luck with the other buyback he sent along:
1985 Topps #675 - Tony Perez
Sweet! From the 2017 Topps buyback program comes my very first buyback of 7x All-Star, World Series champ, and HOFer Tony Perez! What an awesome buyback to receive completely by surprise. A great action photograph and a nice, large Reds logo make for a very visually-appealing card.
Like with the Herzog buyback, there's some existing competition here for the binder:
contest winnings package from Gavin of Baseball Card Breakdown.
Bob, what a spectacular surprise this package was, you certainly know how to brighten up a Monday! Two HOFer buybacks and some '50s Red Sox, it truly does not get much better than that. Thank you!
Franken-set Progress: 344/792 (43%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 135
Total Buybacks in Collection: 479