1976 Topps #112 - Kent Tekulve
Here's a kick-ass buyback, the 1976 rookie card of everyone's favorite bespectacled reliever, Kent Tekulve! I've got a few Teke buybacks now, but it's hard to top his rookie. I snagged this one off of eBay a while back for about $3. How's it looking as far as the franken-set?
1991 Topps #605 - Jeff Reardon
Next up, an example of 1991 Topps at its finest. I've always enjoyed this playful Jeff Reardon card. Aside from featuring a great photograph, I enjoy this one because Jeff had a great season as the closer for the Red Sox in '91. In fact, it would end up being the final All-Star season of his career.
1991 Topps #448 - Craig Lefferts
On the less exciting side of the coin that is 1991 Topps, here's Craig Lefferts. How did this guy not tear a muscle every time he threw with his leg planted like that?!?! Aside from that interesting delivery, this isn't that great a buyback to be honest.
1993 Topps #600 - Bret Saberhagen
Here's a card I certainly remember from childhood. Not your run-of-the-mill photo that you'd expect to see on an early '90s Topps flagship card. Looks more like something from Donruss Studio. Bret had a pretty average season in '93, going 7-7 with a 3.29 ERA, but at least his baseball card is memorable. It's also my very first buyback of "hero number" 600, which is fantastic. Nice to cross one of the traditionally tougher numbers off my list for this project.
1990 Topps #66 - Greg Litton
You knew I'd include at least one 1990 Topps buyback, didn't you? I don't know much about Greg Litton, who survived a few years as a pinch hitter/utility player. This one's prime to be shifted into the dedicated 1990 Topps buyback binder, right?
1999 Topps #322 - Reggie Jefferson
As the post title indicates, we're going to look at some 1999 Topps buybacks today. I'd hand-picked a few of these when putting together a buyback order from an eBay seller a while back. Reggie Jefferson was selected because...well...because it's a Red Sox buyback and that's about it.
1999 Topps #164 - John Valentin
Sticking with the '99 Red Sox theme, here's third baseman John Valentin. This one's more interesting to me than the Jefferson. John's relatively brief career was in decline by this point, but he's always been a fan favorite in Boston.
1999 Topps #329 - John Smoltz
Next up on the 1999 Topps buyback front, HOFer John Smoltz! Now we're talking. Aside from being a notable name, the photograph here is close to perfect in my humble opinion. With a relatively obscure card number, I find it hard to believe that this card won't make the binder...
1999 Topps #139 - Fred McGriff
On the topic of great nicknames, how about "Crime Dog"? As much as I liked McGriff as a player, what drew me to this one is that blast-from-the-past Tampa Bay Devil Rays uniform. I thought these were brutal at the time, but a couple of decades in the rear view mirror and there's some nostalgia for them now.
1959 Topps #354 - Pete Burnside
Alright, that's enough fussing with the '99s, let's close it out with a buyback that was originally printed up a good four decades earlier than those last few cards. I'm not very aware of Pete or his career accomplishments, but I sure do love the '59 Topps set.
Well, I got one new number anyway with the Saberhagen card. And one more card for my 1990 Topps buyback project, plus a handful of upgrades in the franken-set binder. I'll take it!
As I mentioned at the outset of the post, I'm hoping to reach 1,300 total buybacks by the end of the year here, and after these I'm certainly close. Thanks as always for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 637/792 (80%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 106/792 (13%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 549
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,292