1969 Topps #292 - Al Downing
This one was an obvious choice. What a fantastic, classic photograph on Al Downing's 1969 release. I like this one so much that I broke my informal self-imposed rule of paying $1 or less for buybacks on COMC unless it's a superstar or some other very rare buyback. Paid $1.15 for this one and don't regret it one bit!
1990 Topps #229 - David Wells
I'm constantly on the lookup for cheap pick-ups in my quest to complete 1990 Topps in buyback format. A nice addition towards that end here with pitcher David Wells. Any time I pick up a buyback from this set I secretly hope it loses out for the franken-set so that I can shift it to the 1990 Topps binder.
1981 Topps #582 - Gaylord Perry
Here's a fun one. I hemmed and hawed over this '81 Topps Gaylord Perry buyback for quite some time. It had been in and out of my cart on occasion for months, but priced just a big higher than I was willing to pay for it. When it dipped to $1.75 during the Black Friday sale, I pounced.
1990 Topps #330 - Ron Darling
Yeah, another 1990 Topps buyback. It won't be the last one you see tonight, either. 1990 was Ron Darling's final full season with the Mets, and it wasn't one of his more memorable ones. He went 7-9 with a 4.50 ERA, the worst of his career to that date.
1963 Topps #373 - Jim Campbell
I grabbed this one because I love old catcher cards, and am also a fan of franchises of the past. Jim Campbell's two MLB seasons weren't exactly stellar, but I just love the aesthetics of this particular card. Will that be enough to get it into the franken-set, though?
1990 Topps #22 - Bruce Ruffin
Another '90 Topps buyback, this one not quite so exciting. Surely this one's destined for the '90 Topps set...
1958 Topps #138 - Earl Torgeson
Couldn't resist this one on a few counts. First, I enjoy vintage players wearing spectacles. Secondly, 1958 Topps has been growing on me more and more in recent months. Finally, #138 is a number I was missing from the franken-set, which means Earl gets automatic entry into the binder and I get one card closer to completion.
1990 Topps #320 - Dave Stieb
Next on the 1990 Topps front, David Wells' rotation-mate in Toronto, Dave Stieb. Stieb went an impressive 18-6 in 1990, with an ERA below 3.00. He was named an All-Star for the final time that season, finished 5th in AL Cy Young Voting, and was even named on a few MVP ballots.
1963 Topps #192 - Clay Dalrymple
Here's another one I grabbed mostly because I enjoy the photograph. I didn't really intend to grab two catcher buybacks from '63 Topps in this same batch, but it worked out that way. Will Clay make the binder, or meet the same fate as the Jim Campbell above?
1990 Topps #582 - Rick Honeycutt
How about another 1990 Topps buyback to close things out? Rick Honeycutt sure answered the call to the bullpen a lot in the late '80s and early '90s for Oakland. 63 appearances in 1990. He must have been icing up that arm constantly!
That was fairly successful. Two new numbers, two new completed pages, and a handful of cards closer to a 1990 buyback set. I'll take it!
For the next Buyback Franken-set post, I've got a great batch sent to me by a fellow blogger. Until then, thanks for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 644/792 (81%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 111/792 (14%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 575
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,330