I could think of no better buyback to celebrate the occasion with than one I acquired only last month, featuring one of the most feared hitters and admired names in the history of the game, the great Hank Aaron!
1961 Topps #484 - Hank Aaron (MVP)
Pretty sweet, huh? What we've got here is Aaron's card from the 1961 Topps MVP subset, paying tribute to his 1957 National League MVP Award. This was stamped and included as a box-topper in the 2010 Topps Heritage set.
Finding stars, particularly HOFers like Hank, among these box-topper buybacks is a rarity, especially in the earlier years of the Topps Heritage release like this. In fact, I'd never seen a Heritage Hank Aaron buyback from any year prior to laying eyes on this one, and who knows if/when I'll see another. That's why, when I saw this one listed on eBay in early February with an opening bid of 99 cents and no reserve, I knew I had to bring it home. In the end, I paid $41.01, and it was worth every penny in my mind. I suppose I could've picked up a pair of 2018 Heritage blasters instead, but there's not a chance I'd have found anything that would bring me half as much joy and long-term satisfaction as this card will.
This one obviously makes the franken-set, right?
It feels great to get to 1,000 total buybacks. A special thanks to all of you who've sent me buybacks in trade, read along through the first couple of years of the project, and left encouraging comments to keep me going. I'm having an absolute blast with this project, and I won't be slowing down anytime soon.
Onto the next 1,000, I certainly hope you'll join me for the ride!
Franken-set Progress: 545/792 (68%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 455
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,000!