Let's get started with the first ten hopefuls from the lot today...
1966 Topps #59 - Cincinnati Reds Team
Team checklist cards are pretty cool, even if the Reds didn't fare too well in the mid-'60s. This is a fairly beat-up card condition-wise compared to many of my buybacks, but that doesn't bother me in the least. Not surprisingly at such a relatively low card number, this one has some competition...
1979 Topps #593 - Rick Dempsey
Next up, Rick Dempsey taking a cut on his '79 Topps card. A somewhat boring buyback if I'm being totally honest. In a way though, it's the best card in today's post, because it fills a new number in the franken-set! At this stage of the project I am hoping to get even just a handful of new numbers out of this lot overall, so it's satisfying to get one within the first batch of ten cards for sure.
1988 Topps #63 - Jimmy Jones
Up next we have an exceedingly boring 1988 Topps Jimmy Jones. A card only a mother could love. I can't imagine this buyback has a prayer of making the binder in slot 63?
1978 Topps #470 - J.R. Richard
Whoa! I have a feeling this one might end up being my single favorite buyback from this small lot. J.R. Richard was an absolute beast in 1978, hitting the 300-strikeout plateau for the first of two consecutive seasons that year. His 303 Ks were the best in the league, and he'd finish 4th in NL Cy Young voting.
1984 Topps #405 - LaMarr Hoyt
A couple of good pitcher buybacks back-to-back in this lot. LaMarr Hoyt was your unlikely 1983 AL Cy Young winner, with 24 wins and a league-leading 4.77 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Now, had this been a 1983 Topps Hoyt buyback it would be a near certainty that it would make the set. In 1984 though Hoyt came back down to earth, leading the league with 18 losses and registering an ERA that was almost a full point higher than the season prior.
1975 Topps #334 - Greg Gross
The great design that is 1975 Topps? Check. The Topps All-Star Rookie Cup? Check. A name that wouldn't have been out of place on a Garbage Pail Kids card from the '80s? Check!
1969 Topps #554 - Frank Bertaina
One of the reasons I was drawn to this lot is the sheer variety of buybacks within. We've already seen 2015 and 2017 flagship buybacks in this post, and now we have our first Heritage box-topper buyback of the lot! Can't go wrong with a new Washington Senators buyback either.
1979 Topps #539 - John Ellis
Next up, a really plain and boring (and airbrushed?) John Ellis from the 1979 Topps release. Don't know the first thing about the guy, and don't have much to say about the card itself either. I don't think this one stands much of a chance, but let's find out.
1987 Topps #688 - Juan Beniquez
Any time I get a buyback with a number higher than #660 I get excited that it may end up being a new number for the franken-set. And let's face it, being a new number is probably the only way this fuzzy photo of Juan Beniquez stands a chance of making the binder.
1966 Topps #56 - Sandy Valdespino
Last card for today, and another Topps Heritage buyback. These are my favorite type of buyback, and that seems to be the case with many collectors. It's hard to find many of them for less than a dollar on COMC these days. Having a few of these scattered throughout this 69-card lot made justifying the purchase even easier.
A good start to this lot, with a new number for the binder, and three other cards fighting their way in as well. The J.R. Richard buyback is easily the highlight of this round for me.
I'll be back with the next installment of this lot soon, in the meantime thanks as always for stopping by!
Franken-set Progress: 656/792 (82%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 121/792 (15%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 644
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,421
Some nice cards in this first batch of 10. I thought that Reds team card would make it in, for sure!
That John Ellis card isn't photoshopped, but his cap looks off because it's an ill-fitting adjustable cap with a mesh back... Plus those 1970's Rangers uniforms are just generally klunky-looking... probably my least favorite uniform from my youth.
JR Richard is my favorite of this lot as well. Looks like you had to make some tough calls with this batch but I have to agree with pretty much all of 'em!
Yeah... hard to argue against the Richard. Although I feel bad for Dravecky. That's a sweet card too.
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