1959 Topps #359 - Bill White
In the lead-off spot, the oldest buyback of the post, a '59 Bill White. An interesting beginning to tonight's round, as White would later serve as President of the National League from 1989 through 1994. Seems like an obvious win as far as the franken-set goes...
1979 Topps #203 - J.R. Richard Record Breaker
Here's a cool one, a record breaker card from the 1979 Topps set honoring J.R. Richard's 1978 record for most strikeouts in a season by a National League righty. Okay, so there are a couple of qualifiers there for sure, but it was an impressive season nonetheless. Richard had an even better season in '79, with 313 Ks compared to '78's 303.
1978 Topps #405 - Rawly Eastwick
A pretty bland '78 Rawly Eastwick is next. Looks like quite a crowd behind him there. Rawly was traded from the Reds to the Cardinals in 1977, and I detect some airbrushing here.
1988 Topps #44 - Lou Piniella
Next up, baseball lifer Lou Piniella. Lou was just embarking on his lengthy managerial career here. Is that one of his World Series rings from his championships with the Yankees in the '70s that he's sporting there?
1993 Topps #478 - Greg Cadaret
Sticking with the Yankees theme for a minute, here's an interesting horizontal shot of pitcher Greg Cadaret. I like the photo here, and this set is one that I have fond memories of from my collecting youth.
1989 Topps #311 - Chris Bosio
Could Chris Bosio look any less excited to be included in the 1989 Topps baseball set? Even a Brewers fan might have a hard time finding much to like about this buyback.
1968 Topps #591 - Dick Nen
A high number Cubbie starts us off. In fact, at #591 this is my highest numbered buyback from the '60s so far. I don't detest the burlap '68s like a lot of collectors seem to, but this one's hard to get excited about.
1968 Topps #122 - Gene Mauch
Now that's more like it! A manager card, which I'm a fan of generally speaking, and a much better photo to boot (complete with cap!). The Phillies may have had a sub-par season in '68, finishing 8th in the National League with a sub-.500 record, but this one makes the binder as my first #122 buyback. Gene Mauch to the rescue, preventing me from getting skunked on new numbers for the project this evening.
1968 Topps #114 - Ron Swoboda
Here's another nice one, featuring outfielder Ron Swoboda. Ron, who was a member of the Miracle Mets team the year after this card was issued, drove in a career-high 59 runs in 1968. Does he make the franken-set binder?
1968 Topps #380 - Ken Holtzman
Here's the last card for tonight, and maybe the best yet of my small lot of 2017 Heritage box-topper buybacks. It's the only one I have from the All-Star subset anyway. Holtzman's best years were actually still ahead of him here, including a couple of no-hitters!
Just one new number today vs. nine conflicts, but the set still improved with a couple of new contenders battling their way into the binder. Strengthening my 1990 buyback set with a couple of new cards including a guy enshrined in Cooperstown didn't hurt either.
Franken-set Progress: 522/792 (65%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 406
Total Buybacks in Collection: 928