This Jason Varitek, from 2006 Fleer Tradition, is actually a sepia parallel. Seems obvious now, but I had no idea until I went to go add it to my collection on The Trading Card Database.
Williams Jerez is still at it, pitching for AAA Pawtucket this year but has yet to crack the Major League roster. Kendrick Perkins (the baseball player, not the basketball player) never rose above A-ball, and finished up his pro career back in 2014. Alex Hassan's career would seem to be over as well; he's been a free agent for almost a year now. He did get into three games with Boston in 2014 though!
There were a handful of Sox dupes included, but the majority of what Andrew sent (including every card shown in this post) was new to me. The Red Sox cards were cool enough, especially for a random out-of-the-blue "just because" package, but there were a few buybacks to be found as well!
1984 Topps #727 - Joel Youngblood
First up is the man most remembered for becoming the first (and still only?) player to record a hit for two different teams in two different cities on the same day. This one's a winner too because I was missing a #727 buyback, and 1984 Topps isn't very well represented in the binder at this stage of the project either.
2006 Topps #561 - Miguel Olivo
Miguel Olivo caught with seven different franchises over the course of his career. While he hasn't officially retired yet to my knowledge, he also hasn't played in a Major League game for three years now. Once again, this card makes the binder uncontested as my first #561 buyback.
1993 Topps #474 - Ozzie Guillen
Up next we have the man who is just as much remembered for his contributions as manager of the White Sox as for those as a player, Ozzie Guillen. Is it just me, or has this guy just flat out dropped off the planet after his stint in charge of the Marlins a few years ago? Anyway, another cool buyback and once again a number that I was missing previously.
1993 Topps #611 - Tom Gordon
Last card for tonight, a nice intimate portrait shot of the great Tom Gordon. I wish Topps would mix some photographs like these into the flagship set instead of the gluttony of zoomed in, awkwardly-cropped action photos that bloat the modern day flagship releases. Oh well, at least my franken-set binder can't face that same criticism, as this card is in!
Andrew, you must have checked my franken-set spreadsheet before sending these right? If not it's flat out amazing that you went 4/4 in terms of new card numbers at this stage of the project! These four took me past the 60% mark with the franken-set overall, which is a nice significant round milestone.
I really appreciate your generosity, and even moreso your readership Andrew. It was very cool of you to hit me up with some cardboard, I truly appreciate it!
Franken-set Progress: 476/792 (60%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 314
Total Buybacks in Collection: 790