Monday, April 10, 2017

Buybacks from my usual source

Before I get started I wanted to mention that my posting might be a little more erratic than usual over the next month or so, as I'm getting ready for a temporary move thanks to a fairly extensive home remodeling project starting in May.

I knew that it was going to be happening sometime this year, I just didn't know when. Last week I found out that the beginning of May is now that "sometime", and since it's going to be almost a complete gut job, everything needs to be packed up and moved out for the next 3-5 months. I was sort of hoping to never have to move again, especially after just moving across the country two years ago, but it's not my house... so I don't have a great deal of say in the matter. So like I said, my posting may be a bit sporadic, or the posts might just be shorter, featuring more pictures than words.

Now that I got that out of the way, I can get to today's cards which came courtesy of Jim (GCRL), owner and operator of cards as i see them. I say it every time I do one of these posts, but Jim has provided more cards for my frankenset than anyone else to date, myself included. So much so in fact, that I feel like I should start referring to the set as "our frankenset". I have had these now for over a month, so my apologies to Jim for taking so long to get to them.

I don't have too many former Portland Beavers in the Frankenset, so this Billy Bryan is a much appreciated addition.

Don't look now, but I think something's about to burst out of the side of Bill Plummer's face.

While with the Reds in 1976, Dan Driessen became the first designated hitter in a World Series, going 5-16 in Cincinnati's sweep over the Yankees.

An ennead of '87 Topps.

I'm not too crazy about buybacks of cards this new, but if I've got to have a few, these two aren't so bad. The Ozzie Guillen's pretty neat, mostly because I enjoyed his antics. And the Dave Stevens is great just because of how awkward that photo is.
Some name recognition. Even though I really dislike the set, I have always liked this Dave Stewart card.

I don't remember these three guys at all!


Am I the only one who thinks that Matt Nokes and Darrell Evans could be twins?

One has to wonder if Britt would have went on to greater things, had his hip condition not forced him to leave the game so young.

Mr. Renick is in pretty rough shape and may end up getting replaced at some point.

I think Dan Osinski is the first member of the Red Sox "Impossible Dream" team to be added to the set. This is also his rookie card, so that's pretty cool too.

I didn't realize that Clay Carroll had had so many impressive World Series outings while with the Reds, which among other things, included being the only winning pitcher for Cincinnati during their 1970 series loss to Baltimore.

I wasn't familiar with Craig Swan in the least, and after looking at his career statistics, it's not hard to see why. I did see though, that after retiring he became a certified Rolfer, which is something I was somewhat familiar with. I have no real opinions on the legitimacy of the practice either way, but I can say that's it not something I would be willing to try.

Thanks again for yet another batch of buybacks, Jim! I finally have some stuff to send in return, so a package should be headed your way some time this week.

Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.


  1. Craig Swan is remembered fairly fondly by Mets fans as one of the brighter spots of a dismal era for the team.

    Back in '81 he appeared at a card show I attended...I hadn't brought something for him to sign (not sure whether I even knew he'd be there) but I bought the '81 Coke set at the show and had him sign his card in that set.

    1. Attending a card show in '81 must have been pretty awesome, or rather attending any shows in the pre Beckett era seems like it would have been neat. I hadn't really thought about it before, but now that I am, I have to wonder what the source for pricing cards was?

  2. Not sure how long the Mariners wore that particular cap design but it's not one of my favorites.

    1. The rest of the uniform isn't so great either.

  3. Osinski is indeed an Impossible Dream guy. Have that one in the collection. Great batch of buybacks

    1. I have a feeling there are more than a few of that particular card out there in buyback form, and even if there weren't very many, I would still expect for you to have one.

  4. One of my least favorite things to do is packing up and moving. But there's one nice perk... it allows us to go through our stuff and assess what we have. Best of luck with the remodel. As for the cards... love that Stew!

    1. I really hate moving, but you're right about the assessing of things. I think the prospect of having to pack up everything one owns, makes it easier to give away/sell the things that we don't really need/want anymore.

  5. I'm Happy to contribute! I'm still picking up buybacks looking for new dodgers...