1970 Topps #236 - Bob Veale
Getting us started today is strikeout specialist Bob Veale, who pitched for the Pirates and Red Sox during his big-league career. During his stint in Pittsburgh, Veale was frequently near the top of the NL leader board in strikeouts, and once he actually topped the league (1964). I like the pensive photograph on this 1970 card, but...
1975 Topps #447 - Terry Crowley
Terry Crowley makes the binder by default, as #447 is a new number for my franken-set. Crowley was a pinch-hitting specialist who won two World Series', one with the Orioles in 1970 and another with the Reds the year this card was printed up.
1975 Topps #354 - Dick Bosman
Dick Bosman here is also a new number for the binder at #354. Getting two new numbers in a row feels significant given that I'm approaching 2/3 of the way done with the project. Bosman's claim to fame is that he tossed a no-hitter against the powerhouse Oakland A's during the 1974 season. It would've been a perfect game had it not been for his own throwing error in the fourth inning. Ouch, I wonder if he still thinks back to that throw...
1975 Topps #408 - Clyde Wright
Holy God, this might be the most beat-up buyback I've encountered to date. It cracks me up that Topps decided to stamp this one. I guess it would give the binder some character, but there's already a #408 buyback blocking Clyde's path...
1975 Topps #463 - World Series Game 3
Here's a cool one, I always enjoyed the World Series highlight subset in the vintage Topps releases. Plus, you can't go wrong with HOFer Rollie Fingers and his trademark 'stache! I'd assume this one is basically a lock at #463, but let's take a look...
1990 Topps #21 - Jeff Torborg
This one probably wouldn't excite most folks, but as a confessed lover of 1990 Topps I was happy to see it in my stack. Will it make the franken-set though, or be slotted into my separate 1990 Topps buyback set? Well, it's my first #21 buyback, so into the franken-set binder it goes, at least for now.
1990 Topps #271 - Chet Lemon
Here's another '90 to accompany it, outfielder Chet Lemon of the Tigers. Chet was a 3x All-Star earlier in his career, and was a member of the Tigers team that won it all in 1984. Not a bad buyback at all...
1985 Topps #370 - Bruce Sutter
Sweet, second HOFer in this post (if you count Rollie Fingers' appearance on that World Series card). Sort of an odd photo of Bruce, who looks confused here posing at dusk. Still, a HOFer is a HOFer, and I don't exactly have a plethora of '85 buybacks at this stage of the project either.
1990 Topps #764 - Tim Teufel
I don't recall this, and didn't watch much National League ball back in the day, but apparently Tim Teufel was known for his batting stance. Dubbed the "Teufel shuffle", it consisted of Tim wiggling his buttocks before the pitch was delivered. Okey-dokey. As my first #764 buyback, Tim makes the cut for the franken-set binder.
1989 Topps #300 - Darryl Strawberry
Last buyback for today, and it's a good one. Strawberry was the man in the late '80s, and the blue foil on this buyback goes nicely with the Mets' colors. Strawberry, often a controversial figure, has been in the news most recently for admitting that he used to have sex during games. Make what you will of that, I like this card anyway.
That was a fun round I have to say. Four new numbers pushed me closer to 2/3 completion for the project overall, and the binder got some good upgrades as well in the form of a couple of guys who are enshrined in Cooperstown.
Still having a lot of fun with this project, and should be pushing past 1,000 total buybacks early in 2018 here. Thanks for following along!
Franken-set Progress: 518/792 (65%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 390
Total Buybacks in Collection: 908
I find it both funny and disappointing when beat-up cards like that Wright end up becoming pack-issued buybacks. In a way, I guess those are the most "authentic" buybacks of them all, but still, it's gotta be jarring pulling a card with 443 creases from a modern pack. Congrats on reaching 900!
How could you ever go against a guy named Turdoslavich anyway? That's one of the best names in years!
I like this project of yours. Buybacks on their own are hard to deal with in a collection. How do you sort them? Where do they go in the checklist? Where do they go in your card boxes? Making a set out of them gives them a purpose and a place.
Congrats on 900 and four new numbers added!
I love this project annd almost two-thirds of the way is quite the accomplishment. Congratulations on eclipsing 900.
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