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Saturday, February 25, 2017
TTM Success - Al Spangler
I'm really not the biggest fan of how Topps does their buybacks. I don't care for the foil stamps on the cards. I see the point that some folks need them to be pointed out to them, but if I were building a set, I wouldn't include a buyback with a stamp. I also don't include them among my Topps Autograph Project. Still, they're pretty cool, and they give me ideas of guys to look up at times. All of that being said, this 2015 buyback of a 1961 Topps turned out really nice, I think.
Spangler (b.1933) played in the majors from 1959 to 1971 for the Braves (Milwaukee), Colt .45s/Astros, Angels and Cubs. He had 594 hits, 21 home runs and a .262 batting average. He was the 8th pick in the premium phase of the 1961 Expansion Draft (picked up by the Colt .45s).
I mailed to Spangler on January 17 and got the cards back on January 29, for a 12-day TAT.