1964 Topps #164 - Bud Daley
Bud Daley was an All-Star pitcher with the Kansas City Athletics before being dealt to the Yankees in the summer of '61. The trade worked out well for Bud, as he'd win World Series' with New York in both 1961 and 1962. I picked this buyback up from an eBay seller way back in January because it cost just a buck and didn't add any shipping costs to a purchase I already had going. A fantastic example from the '64 Topps set for sure. This looks exactly how a vintage baseball card should in my humble opinion.
1988 Topps #363 - Willie Fraser
Willie Fraser carved out an 8-year MLB career, mostly with the Angels. This is a nice enough card I guess, if a little bland. I do like that Willie overlaps the Angels team name, and the photo is cropped pretty well. As for the subject though, Fraser finished 1988 with a sub-.500 record and an ERA on the wrong side of 5.00.
2006 Topps #158 - Mike Timlin
Here's a cool one, at least for a Red Sox fan like myself. If memory serves I actually hand-selected this one for a quarter from a huge lot of buyback single auctions that were all ending around the same time on eBay. Timlin was a solid relief guy for the mid-2000s Red Sox and ate up a ton of innings. I'd love to be able to welcome this buyback to the franken-set binder.
1991 Topps Traded #2T - Roberto Alomar
I think I grabbed this one from the same seller as the Timlin, also for a quarter. Alomar was the man in the early '90s, and it's cool to have the card that signifies his trade to the Jays in buyback format. Just one problem though, this is from the 1991 Topps Traded set.
1970 Topps #36 - Danny Breeden/Bernie Carbo
Here's one from COMC, records show that I shelled out a whole $1.25 for this card. Not really sure why to be quite honest, probably because Carbo had some memorable moments with Boston later in the decade and I thought it would be cool to have his rookie in buyback form. A low number here at 36, how's it looking as far as the binder goes?
1967 Topps #439 - Byron Browne
Byron Browne earned the Topps All-Star Rookie Cup treatment in the '67 Topps set, after he collected over 100 hits in his rookie season of 1966. He also hit just .243 that year though, and struck out a league-leading 143 times. Still, a nice photograph, and I think it's impossible to like vintage baseball cards and not appreciate that gigantic trophy logo. This one makes a strong case for inclusion!
1967 Topps #184 - George Thomas
Sticking with '67 Topps for a moment, here's Red Sox outfielder George Thomas. I'm particularly fond of any '67 Red Sox card since it's one of the more infamous seasons in team history. True, Thomas had less than 100 plate appearances for Boston in '67, but he was on the roster (and in the team set!) anyway.
1989 Topps #193 - Sparky Anderson
Final card for this evening, a nice buyback of baseball lifer Sparky Anderson. The Tigers may have gone 59-103 in 1989, but this is a cool card regardless. A worthy opponent for the existing #193 buyback in the franken-set, which is...
That's a wrap for tonight. Not a single new number for the set among the 8 challengers, but we had some good battles and a few cards fought their way in to strengthen the binder overall. Still hanging at 82% complete here, and creeping ever closer to 1,400 total buybacks.
Thanks for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 651/792 (82%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 118/792 (14%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 598
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,367