1959 Topps #282 - R.C. Stevens
First up, a horrendously mis-cut R.C. Stevens card. I'm really not familiar with R.C. as a player, not surprising given that in looking him up just now I learned that he appeared in all of 3 games in 1959, and less than a full season's worth of games in his entire career.
1959 Topps #285 - Joe Cunningham
Next up, Joe Cunningham of the Cardinals. While I do recognize his name, I confess that I wasn't aware of how good a player Joe was. 1959 was the best seasons of his career as well, as he hit an impressive .345! He led the league with a .453 on-base percentage as well, was named an All-Star and even made a few MVP ballots.
1959 Topps #311 - Norm Zauchin
Here's the last one for tonight, and oddly enough it's another first baseman. Norm Zauchin played his earlier seasons with the Red Sox, but finished up his career with a couple of seasons in Washington in the late '50s. He finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in 1955 with Boston, but by 1959 he was about out of gas.
Well, that's a wrap for this evening. Three nice '50s buybacks, and not a one made the franken-set binder. Just goes to show you that it truly is no small feat for a buyback to fight its way into the binder at this stage of the project!
Franken-set Progress: 630/792 (79%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 100/792 (12%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 503
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,233