1988 Topps #750 - Bo Jackson
Coming out strong today with one of the biggest names in the game in the late 1980s, the great Bo Jackson! I know a lot of collectors feel that this is one of the better looking cards in the 1988 flagship set, and I tend to agree. The buybacks in today's post came in a random lot I won on eBay, and I couldn't have been more pleased to find this one in the stack when it arrived.
I already have Bo's iconic 1987 "Future Stars" card in the binder, will this one make the cut as well?
Alright, let's see which nine cards I plucked along with Bo...
1989 Topps #241 - Brett Butler
This one's pretty great also. Brett Butler was definitely one of the premier lead-off men during his time in the league, and in 1989 he was on that powerhouse Giants team that won a National League pennant. This one's a rarer "red foil" buyback from the 2017 Rediscover Topps promotion, and best of all it's a new number for the franken-set at #241.
1985 Topps #407 - Bobby Ramos
Bobby Ramos wrapped up his Major League career in 1984, so this is his final Topps card. Though he appeared in 6 seasons, he never played more than 31 games in any one season. He does have a uni-brow that I think even Wally Moon would admire.
1991 Topps #19 - Jeff Robinson
I'm a big fan of 1991 Topps, in fact I've got an unopened box of it on my pack shelf that I grab a pack or two from when I feel the urge to open some wax. This Jeff Robinson is not one of the more interesting cards on the checklist, however.
1987 Topps #124 - Ray Fontenot
Another guy whose MLB career had already wrapped up by the time this card hit the shelves (for the first time). Holy air-brushing!
1993 Topps #805 - Terry Jorgensen
1993 Topps takes me back to buying packs at the concession stand after my Little League baseball games. I always enjoyed the design for the Coming Attraction subset in that release, so I'd love to welcome this one to the binder. Just one problem...
1982 Topps #209 - Gary Lavelle
Next up, Gary Lavelle. Gary was a key component in San Francisco's bullpen in 1982, getting the call to the mound 68 times that season (and finishing with a respectable 2.67 ERA). It looks more like Gary is filling out a form here than signing an autograph.
1986 Topps #723 - Marty Bystrom
In what's becoming a common theme for this post, we have yet another player whose career wrapped up the season prior to the card being featured.
1988 Topps #784 - Joe Sambito
This is getting unbelievable at this point. I swear I pulled these at random, but here's another player who'd appeared in his final Major League inning before this was printed up. Sambito's two seasons with Boston to end his career were largely forgettable.
1985 Topps #104 - Mike Fitzgerald
Last card for today, a nice enough photograph from 1985 Topps. Serving as the primary backstop for the Mets in 1985, Mike Fitzgerald hit just .207. That's pretty rough.
Just one new number for the franken-set with the Brett Butler. I'm still torn on that Bo Jackson/Bret Saberhagen battle. What do you think?
Franken-set Progress: 631/792 (79%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 100/792 (12%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 512
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,243
Well, I'd vote for the Saberhagen, but I'm double-biased, because he's almost got my name, and that's a card I sent you! They're both great and it's downright amazing to have two choices of that caliber at such a high number. Can't go wrong either way.
I don't think I've seen that Lavelle before. It looks as though it were taken in someone's home, maybe the kitchen or laundry room. Very unusual.
I like the Bo.
And not to "call you out" but your post last year with an '87 Topps Bo was also titled "Bo Knows Buybacks".. come on, man! Repeating a post title is a major blogging faux pas! LOL
Haha should’ve gone with Bo Knows Buybacks Pt 2 ;-)
Awesome - Bo Jackson is definitely gold to a cardboard collector.
My two cents: I think the Saberhagen is a slightly better card, and that's coming from someone who likes 1988 way more than 1989.
Gary Lavelle looks like he's balancing his checkbook without having a calculator around. "...And carry the one..."
Although the Saberhagen is a better looking card (imho)... I would have went with Bo too. The guy played a bigger role in my collecting history than Saberhagen did.
Since you have a better Bo already, and Bret had such a great 1988.... I would suggest keeping Saberhagen
Aw man, I was hoping Bo would be rejected and make his way to Texas!
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