With Topps seemingly done with the standard buybacks that appeared over the last four years in the flagship set and other releases, the Heritage buybacks will be my only chance to add newly produced buybacks to the franken-set going forward. Fine with me, they've always been my favorite type of buyback anyway.
With the 2018 Heritage set having hit shelves recently, the secondary market is flooded with 1969 buybacks. I've grabbed a couple of lots for my franken-set that worked out to between $1.00 and $1.50 per buyback, which is about what these go for on COMC even when things have cooled off years after release.
Let's take a look at the first ten tonight...
1969 Topps #652 - Eddie Watt
First up, relief pitcher Eddie Watt. Watt lasted a few seasons in Baltimore's bullpen, and even won a World Series with the team the year after this card was printed. As far as the design of the 1969 set, you can count me among those who enjoy it. I think it's wonderful in its simplicity.
1969 Topps #606 - Gene Mauch
Next up we've got Expos manager Gene Mauch flashing his best movie star smile. I don't think Mauch would be smiling for long, as Montreal won just 52 games in '69. Ouch. Either way, #606 is a new number for the franken-set, so into the binder Gene goes!
1969 Topps #605 - Dick Ellsworth
Dick Ellsworth continues the proceedings here, with what might very well be the most boring card in the entire '69 Topps set. Hard to find a lot of positives with this one. Maybe it'll squeak by due to a total lack of competition?
1969 Topps #369 - Bob Skinner
Another manager card here, which I like, but would it have killed these guys to leave their caps on? Interestingly, Skinner replaced Gene Mauch, the other manager card featured in this post, at the helm for the Phillies.
1969 Topps #339 - Steve Mingori/Jose Pena
Though he didn't actually debut until 1970, Steve Mingori saw action in close to 400 games, almost exclusively as a relief pitcher, over the course of a 10-year MLB career. Jose Pena appeared in just 61 games over four seasons. I give Topps credit for proper placement of the buyback stamp on this one, well done.
1969 Topps #334 - Phil Roof
Next up, a cap-less Phil Roof. That's a man who looks very pained to have to pose for a photo right there. Unfortunately for Phil he moved on from the Athletics before they became a powerhouse team later in the next decade. Now, normally I'd weight a hat-less player negatively when it comes to this project, but...
1969 Topps #333 - Ivan Murrell
Outfielder Ivan Murrell is our next contestant to battle for a spot in the franken-set binder. Another dull photo here, and I don't really know much about the subject either.
1969 Topps #331 - Gil Garrido/Tom House
Here's another two-player rookie card. Gil Garrido played for six seasons and has exactly one more career MLB home run than I do. Tom House became known as the guy who caught Hank Aaron's 715th home run, as well as one of the first players to publicly admit steroid use. This is actually the first #331 buyback I've picked up so far, and makes the binder without contest.
1969 Topps #581 - Gary Nolan
I really like the classic look of this Gary Nolan. When I first came across it in the stack I really wanted it to win a spot in the binder. Looks like I already have a #581 buyback though...
1969 Topps #562 - Bob Watson
Last card for tonight, Bob Watson of the Houston Astros confidently posing (in front of a middle school?). Bob was still putting it together at this young age (1969 was his age 23 season), but would later turn in some impressive years with the 'Stros in the mid-'70s. This one makes the binder by default as my first #562.
So, there are my first ten 2018 Heritage buybacks. I've got a few more to post for sure, but before I get to that I'll be featuring some buybacks that have shown up in trade in recent weeks. Thanks for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 548/792 (68%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 462
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,010!