2012 Topps #646 - Francisco Cervelli
This one might be my favorite buyback from the grouping Nick sent this time around. I like the shot of Cervelli in full catcher's gear during what I assume to be a post-game celebration. Certainly looks much more aesthetically pleasing than the buyback I had in slot 646 prior:
1979 Topps #616 - Billy Almon
Billy Almon looks a little dejected on his 1979 release here, almost as though he just struck out. I'm not all that familiar with Billy as a player to be honest.
1978 Topps #449 - Tim Blackwell
Here's a nice Expos buyback, featuring catcher Tim Blackwell from 1978 Topps. Blackwell actually spent 1978 with the Cubs though, having signed with them as a free agent in February of that year. Does this one make the cut?
1990 Topps #335 - Andy Hawkins
1990 was basically Andy Hawkins' last full season as a starter. In 26 starts that year he went just 5-12 with an ERA on the wrong side of 5.00. Still, a very cool buyback for me as it's my first #335, and as such fills an open pocket in the binder!
1990 Topps #202 - Mike MacFarlane
Keeping it rolling with the 1990 buybacks, next we've got Mike MacFarlane of the Royals. Mike hit 24 doubles and drove in 58 runs for Kansas City in 1990. He's got a tough match-up for the Buyback Franken-set though...
1990 Topps #455 - Jeffrey Leonard
Next up, outfielder Jeffrey Leonard relaxing on a cool day by the batting cage. 1990 was the final year of Jeffrey's 14-season MLB career. I like the casual pose here, as well as that interesting jacket.
1990 Topps #423 - Fred Toliver
Last card for tonight, pitcher Fred Toliver of the Padres. Freddie actually didn't pitch in the Majors in 1990, 1991 or 1992. He did make a brief return in 1993 for 12 games, the last of his MLB career. Toliver has some competition for the franken-set project in the form of...
What a great and much-appreciated batch from Nick. The franken-set was improved for sure thanks to these, but what I'm most excited about is the whopping five additions to my 1990 buyback set from this lot! That puts me past 10% complete on that crazy quest, thanks Nick!!!
Franken-set Progress: 619/792 (78%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 83/792 (10%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 481
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,183