Well, to my amazement, when the dust settled I won the card for just a shade over $60, about half of what a hobby box of Allen & Ginter would set you back these days. It's the most money I've spent on a card for this franken-set project by a long shot, but do I regret it? Not in the least. Check this one out!
1975 Topps #500 - Nolan Ryan
It's been about 12 months now and I still smile when I look at this one. I'm sure there will be some out there who read this post and cringe at the fact that Topps defaced a '75 Nolan Ryan with a foil stamp, and I can understand that sentiment. For an admitted buyback junkie like myself though, this card (my first 1/1 buyback!) brings some serious legitimacy to my franken-set!
For me, the card held extra appeal because Nolan Ryan was one of three players that I considered favorites and collected as a kid. I was pretty much obsessed with the Texas Express, and collected every bit of Ryan memorabilia I could get my kid hands on. Cards, posters, Starting Lineups, and anything else I could find featuring baseball's strikeout king were strewn about my room as a kid. To this day I still have the signed ball I received from my dad as a birthday gift prominently displayed below my dart board.
I didn't retain everything over the years, but I still have the ball as I mentioned, and when I got back into collecting I picked up the majority of Ryan's standard Topps flagship run (still don't have a RC). This will be a nice, unique addition to that small collection.
The way I see it there are thousands and thousands of copies of this card out there, so I don't think stamping one was the end of the world. To me, it makes this one copy unique compared to the many others in circulation. I'm sure others will disagree though. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments, an amazing buyback or a defacement of vintage?
Franken-set Progress: 449/792 (56%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 269
Total Buybacks in Collection: 718