1970 Topps #81 - Dave May
I know Dave May wasn't a superstar or anything, but that is a nice looking 1970 Topps card if you ask me. It's got a slightly blurry/dreamy kind of vibe to it. I've really started taking a liking to this set in recent years, I'd love to slide this card into the franken-set binder. In order to do so though...
1974 Topps #124 - Bob Coluccio
I'll admit I don't know a damn thing about Bob Coluccio. Not exactly the most exciting card that 1974 Topps has to offer. Hey, they can't all be stars. Maybe this one will at least plug a gap in the set?
1973 Topps #429 - Jim Fairey
Some nice palm trees in the background on this Jim Fairey, no way this photo was taken in Montreal! 1973 was actually Fairey's final Major League season, and he spent it with the Dodgers not the Expos.
1972 Topps #245 - Tommie Agee
Finally get a new number here, with "Miracle Met" Tommie Agee's 1972 Topps card. Though he was only in his late 20s by 1972, Agee's career was already in sharp decline. The 1966 Rookie of the Year never played another MLB game after 1973, just his age 30 season. Of the '70s releases, 1972 Topps might be the toughest set to find buybacks from. At least that's been my experience so far. Happy to have Agee in the binder.
1979 Topps #219 - Roy Smalley
Roy Smalley looks like he's up to something here on his 1979 Topps card. I know I made a mistake here. When I thumbed to the appropriate page and looked in pocket 219 of the set I found this card standing in Roy's way:
Yeah, I'm going to have to right this wrong at some point.
1978 Topps #97 - Stan Bahnsen
With no disrespect to the man, Stan Bahnsen looks almost nothing like a professional athlete on this card. The 1968 AL Rookie of the Year has one of the best nicknames in baseball history, "The Bahnsen Burner". Love it. Don't love this 1978 card nearly as much though.
1967 Topps #383 - Ken Henderson
Next up, outfielder Ken Henderson, who enjoyed a 16-year MLB career. Ken played for 7 different franchises during that time, though his 8 years with the Giants were by far the most he spent with any one team. This 2016 Heritage box-topper is a new number for the project as well at #383. Welcome to the franken-set binder Mr. Henderson!
1976 Topps #276 - Mickey Scott
Mickey Scott looks a bit creeped out on his 1976 card here. Scott went 3-0 in 33 appearances out of the 'pen in 1976. Not a terribly exciting buyback I have to admit, but it's a great one for this project because it's a new number...
Highlight of this page for me is undoubtedly the rookie card of Bill "Spaceman" Lee in the lower right!
1966 Topps #6 - Chuck Schilling
Here's a nice Topps Heritage box-topper buyback of Red Sox second baseman Chuck Schilling. This is actually a "sunset card", as Schilling played his entire five-season MLB career with Boston between 1961 and 1965. For the second card in a row here we have a new number for the binder...
1966 Topps #298 - Rico Petrocelli
Here's the last card for today, and by far my favorite in today's post. In fact, I picked up the small lot of ten buybacks you see today on eBay a long while back pretty much solely because I wanted this Rico Petrocelli. I paid $9 and change for the lot, and was pretty pleased as I would've gladly forked out that amount for this Rico alone!
A '60s buyback of a popular player from my favorite team featuring the great oversize All-Star Rookie trophy? Yes, please! I'm very pleased that Topps was wise enough to place the buyback stamp on the right side of the card here and not obstruct that beautiful trophy graphic. I've definitely seen others where that is not the case.
Not a bad lot at all today. Four new numbers for the project have me sitting on the precipice of 600 cards in the franken-set, and even where there were conflicts I made a couple of improvements, most notably the Petrocelli.
Tune in next time to see if I can cross the 600 buyback threshold. Thanks for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 599/792 (75%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 64/792 (8%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 456
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,119