1970 Topps #201 - Birds Wrap it Up (AL Playoff Game 3)
What a great buyback to lead off with, no? I like this one so much that I shelled out $1.99 to grab it off of COMC. This one has to make the franken-set, right?
1987 Topps #618 - Tom Kelly
We crash back down to earth with a junk wax '87 Tom Kelly for today's second contestant.
1986 Topps #653 - Jim Dwyer
Oh wow, a 1986 Jim Dwyer. The buyback I've always desired. Snooze...
1989 Topps #404 - Bob Boone All-Star
A nice bright Bob Boone from the 1989 Topps All-Star subset is next up. I've already got a couple of '89 All-Stars on the page that this card is on, time to add another?
1979 Topps #246 - Darrell Jackson
This '79 Darrell Jackson is pretty bland. In fact, this is the 2017 "Rediscover Topps" buyback version, but I've already rejected the 2015 "Topps Original" buyback version of this very same card.
1979 Topps #303 - Lary Sorensen
Next up, an awkwardly-cropped 1979 Lary "where's the other 'R'" Sorensen. Not a whole lot to say about this one.
1975 Topps #465 - 1974 World Series Game 5
Okay, here's a cool one. Terribly mis-cut? You bet! I love the old playoff highlight subsets though, this one has a lot of appeal to me. I'd love to slide it into pocket 465, but...
1966 Topps #248 - Pete Mikkelsen
How about the glasses on this Pete Mikkelsen? Cap-less ballplayers on my cards generally drive me nuts, but a good pair of goggles can offset that to some extent. I love the Heritage box-topper buybacks as well.
1973 Topps #522 - Leo Cardenas
Here's a cool one, most notably all the background action. Warm-ups, scoreboard, advertisement, batting cage, even an American flag, this one has it all.
1981 Topps #51 - Bill Robinson
Last, but certainly not least, Bill Robinson's 1981 card represents the only new number for the franken-set out of today's batch of contestants. He's been slid neatly into pocket 51, and represents the 652nd card in the binder now.
One new number for the project, a new card for my 1990 Topps buyback set, and a couple of cards that fought their way into the franken-set binder as well. Not too shabby for a random lot of ten at this stage.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 652/792 (82%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 119/792 (15%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 606
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,377
When I was a kid back in the 1980s, I think I had a pair of glasses like Chuck Brinkman's there. The Frankenset sure has come a long way!
The Cobra and Carew get rejected! Gotta ask. If you made a top 10 Buyback Frankenset rejects... would it make your list?
Oh man, good question Fuji! I bet it would be right about on the borderline of the top 10. I may have to do such a countdown as a postmortem if the day comes when the actual franken-set gets finished!
This round had a lot of great vintage in it. A few tough choices I'm sure.
Joe Rudi rounding third, and Ron Cey looking on dejectedly--awesome!
Is it weird that I can identify them, and Boog Powell and Andy Etchebarren on the 1970 one (OK, Powell is a gimme!), but good luck to me doing that with any current players!
Some tough matchups this time around, but I love the page with the two 1975 WS highlights cards in it!
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