All but one of today's cards comes from the 1965 Topps set, which is generally regarded as a favorite among vintage collectors. Let's see what I ended up with, and how the cards fared in terms of the franken-set...
1965 Topps #329 - Hawk Taylor
I was drawn to this one just because you don't see a lot of guys named "Hawk". This is, of course, a nickname, but I'm glad Topps went with it over his real one (Robert Dale Taylor). Taylor had the first pinch-hit grand slam in Mets history. He would have finished out his career with the Red Sox, but a back injury knocked him out of the game prematurely before he ever played a game with Boston. As my first #329 buyback, Hawk is in!
1965 Topps #19 - Gates Brown
Another nickname here, as "Gates" Brown's real name was William James Brown. Gates was a pinch-hit specialist as well, never more so than in the Tigers' 1968 World Series season. He hit an astounding .450 as a pinch-hitter that year for Detroit. He captured a second World Series with the Tigers in '84, this time as a member of the coaching staff.
I've already got a #19 buyback in the binder:
1965 Topps #313 - Jimmie Schaffer
I don't really know much about Jimmie Schaffer. He enjoyed an 8-year career in Major League Baseball, but his time with the White Sox was limited to just 17 games at the beginning of 1965. I just liked this one because Jimmie is sporting the backwards cap decades before Ken Griffey Jr did! As a way to deal with traded players, the reverse cap look you see here is certainly preferable to the hat-less photos, at least in my eyes. Schaffer makes the binder uncontested.
1965 Topps #174 - Joe Jay
Next up is a late-career card of pitcher Joe Jay. Joe will forever be remembered for his 1961 season, where he led the NL with 21 wins. The Reds faced the Yankees in the World Series that year, and even though the Bronx Bombers won, Jay tossed a complete game four-hit gem in Game 2. He won 21 games again in 1962, but his numbers began trailing off after that.
1965 Topps #184 - John Boozer
Here's the first of two John Boozer cards that you'll be seeing in today's post. The Phillies were the only team that he pitched for over the course of his MLB career. When his pitching days were over, he returned to South Carolina, where he was born and raised, and started a "Recreation & Aging Committee" in his county. Sadly, he passed away at just 47 years of age from lymphoma.
1965 Topps #66 - Bill Rigney
Here's Bill Rigney, who managed the Angels throughout the '60s. Coincidentally, this is the second Rigney card I've shown on the blog in the past week or so. I really like this card of the grizzled veteran, but it draws a tough match-up when it comes to the franken-set project:
1965 Topps #96 - Sonny Siebert
Here's two-sport star Sonny Siebert, who was simultaneously drafted by the Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Hawks of the NBA. Sonny is best remembered for tossing a no-hitter in 1966. My favorite feat that Siebert accomplished though was when he hit two home runs on the same day as a member of the Red Sox in 1971. I'm admittedly a bit biased there, since Sonny accomplished the feat on my birthday.
1965 Topps #311 - Orlando Pena
I love this classic shot of Cuban hurler Orlando Pena rocking some sweet green and yellow KC Athletics gear. These uniforms are some of my favorites of the era. Plus, this card gives me the perfect reason to bump this boring one from the franken-set:
the day I pulled it from a pack.
1965 Topps #152 - Bill Monbouquette
Here's the last '65 for today, and a nice Red Sox buyback to boot! Bill Monbouquette was the staff ace for Boston throughout the early '60s. In 1965 he was the starter against a 58-year-old Satchel Paige, and became Paige's final strikeout victim! Good bit of bar room trivia there for sure. Bill is a member of the Red Sox HOF.
If he wants to make the franken-set, he'll have to unseat another Red Sox HOFer:
1963 Topps #29 - Reds/Phillies Rookie Stars
Here's the last buyback I have for today. I'm not overly familiar with any of these players, though John Boozer was featured earlier in the post. I really grabbed this one solely due to the fact that it was my first opportunity to land a multi-player rookie card from 1963 Topps in buyback form. This is my first #29 buyback, and was a nice way to add some variety to the binder indeed!
If you round up I'm at 50% complete now, but in actuality I'm sitting at 49.7%. Hopefully in my next post I'll cross the halfway point for real. Thanks for reading as always!
Franken-set Progress: 394/792 (50%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 182
Total Buybacks in Collection: 576