1990 Topps #270 - Dave Stewart
As far as 1990 goes, this is a great buyback to start things off. Dave was on a tear of dominance as a starting pitcher, and had been for a few years at this point. In 1990 he made 36 starts for that powerhouse Oakland team, going 22-11 with an impressive 2.56 ERA. His 11 complete games, 4 shutouts and 267 innings pitched were all good for tops in the AL. Dave finished third in Cy Young voting, and even garnered some MVP votes that season.
Even better, this one completes a new page for me as my first #270 buyback.
1990 Topps #99 - Rich Monteleone
Next up, Rich Monteleone? He actually pitched with the Yankees in 1990, but made just 5 appearances out of the bullpen. An obvious candidate to be relegated to the 1990 Topps buyback set, right?
1990 Topps #316 - Carney Lansford
Carney Lansford, whose MLB career began back in 1978, was nearing the end by 1990. He did appear in 134 games for Oakland, but swatted just .268. Not terrible, but certainly not up to snuff for a guy with a career batting average of .290.
1990 Topps #349 - Steve Finley
Steve Finley would go on to have a very respectable Major League career, but 1990 was only his first full season (he played 81 games in his rookie season the year prior with Baltimore). At this point he'd yet to find the consistent stroke and power that would earn him All-Star and MVP votes later in his career.
1990 Topps #249 - Mike Smith
Never heard of this particular Mike Smith? Don't be too hard on yourself if not, he appeared in the final 2 games of his 2-season career in 1990 and finished that last season with an ERA of 12.00.
1990 Topps #782 - Jose Alvarez
Jose Alvarez didn't actually pitch at all in 1990, having thrown the final innings of his big league career in 1989. Not a terribly exciting card, either. Can it maybe sneak into an open slot in the binder though?
1990 Topps #333 - Bill Wegman
Bill Wegman made 5 starts for Milwaukee in 1990, and also appeared a handful of times out of the bullpen. He finished 2-2 with an ERA close to 5.00. Alrighty then.
1990 Topps #214 - Terry Francona
A nice card here for a Red Sox fan! Sadly, injuries had taken their toll long before 1990, and the 3 games Terry appeared in that year marked the end of his career. As a player anyway.
1990 Topps #96 - Jody Reed
The Red Sox ties keep on coming, as Jody Reed is the next card up for evaluation. Did you know that Jody hit a league leading 45 doubles in 1990? I certainly didn't. This has been a fairly brutal grouping of buybacks so far as the franken-set goes, can Reed break into the binder?
1990 Topps #30 - David Cone
Last card for this evening, featuring Mets pitcher David Cone. David's 233 strikeouts paced the National League in 1990. Definitely an example of where the colored borders in 1990 Topps can actually work quite well. I think even haters of 1990 Topps might admit that this is decent enough looking card.
Well, just one new card for the franken-set tonight. Not such a bad thing though given that I added nine new cards to the 1990 Topps buyback binder. I'm on the threshold of 10% complete with that project now. There's still at least a few cards from the 1990 set that I've never even seen in buyback format with my own two eyes, so who knows if I can even complete this, but accumulating them is a fun way to relive my first set from childhood regardless.
In the next Buyback Franken-set post, we'll take a long overdue look at a fantastic PWE sent to me by my friend Gavin of Baseball Card Breakdown. Until then, thanks for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 611/792 (77%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 76/792 (9%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 480
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,167
Tough matchups for the '90s this time around. Hard to take down vintage buybacks, I'd imagine.
Sweet Stew! Miss seeing him up on the mound during the A's glory years.
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