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1989 Topps #704 - Carlos Quintana
Coming out strong with a card that checks two boxes for me; new number for the franken-set and a new Red Sox buyback! Carlos looks kind of stupefied if I'm being brutally honest, not exactly his finest moment captured on cardboard here. Doesn't matter to me, a new number is a new number, and even if this one gets bounced someday it'll be a cool card for my Red Sox collection.
1984 Topps #444 - Steve Renko
Next up, Steve Renko with what I think qualifies as a small crowd in the background there. This is actually a "sunset card", Renko began his career all the way back in 1969 and pitched his final Major League Baseball inning in 1983. A nice enough card, but...
1985 Topps #442 - Ken Forsch
Speaking of tip-of-the-cap buybacks! 2x All-Star Ken Forsch is most known for no-hitting the Braves in April of 1979. I have no clue what's going on in the background there since it's a bit blurry, but it certainly doesn't look the photo was taken in a baseball park.
1990 Topps #552 - Mike Smith
A new '90 Topps buyback, score! I've already got a separate 1990 Topps buyback set binder going, and once I get through these next couple of buyback franken-set trade packages I'm going to start tallying those as a separate category at the end of these posts. This one goes into the franken-set binder though, as it's my first #552 buyback.
1990 Topps #702 - Tony Phillips
Tony Phillips, however, is not a new number at 702. I could either slide this one into the 1990 Topps buyback binder, or...
1989 Topps #705 - Terry Kennedy
Next up, a nice shot of catcher Terry Kennedy poised for a play at the plate courtesy of 1989 Topps. Kennedy was actually a 4x All-Star and won a Silver Slugger Award during his career, which I didn't realize until receiving this card and typing up this post. Pretty cool, but there's an Orioles buyback already in slot 705 that's a bit more interesting to this Boston Red Sox fan:
1990 Topps #647 - Rex Hudler
Brett seriously hooked me up with 1990 buybacks in this delivery, this is the third in this evening's post alone. Rex apparently earned the nickname "Bug Eater" after eating a large June Bug on a dare from teammates during his time in St. Louis. What can I say? Every buyback franken-set post is a learning experience!
1988 Topps #748 - Reid Nichols
I was surprised by the next couple of cards, both are high numbers that I felt would likely be new numbers for the set, however neither was. Reid Nichols, who didn't appear in an MLB game in 1988 or any year after, is vying for spot 748 but...
1989 Topps #772 - Ron Oester
Then we have Ron Oester, at the even higher number of 772. In order for the Reds' second baseman of the '80s to make the binder...
1990 Topps #687 - Tim Birtsas
Last card for tonight, yet another 1990 Topps buyback! Reds buybacks from 1990 are especially appreciated given that they won the World Series that year against the powerhouse Oakland A's. Birtsas' career was in decline by that point, and he didn't pitch in the NLCS or World Series but hey, he's got a ring.
This one's a new number, which makes three in tonight's batch. Not only that but the 1990 Topps buyback binder was strengthened a bit as well. All in all, another great round from Brett, with more still to come!
Franken-set Progress: 581/792 (72%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 487
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,068