Throwback versus Buyback…

I was sorting a blaster of 2011 Topps and couldn’t help but notice the number of throwbacks.
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They are everywhere. I don’t have a problem with them, but wonder why there are so many. Topps sure loves a throwback. And not even just throwbacks of their own stuff.
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The little Gintery looking things are nice. The throwback reprints of older topps are also pretty nice, but we are hitting overkill territory.

I have a suggestion. Lets set aside the throwback and mix it up with a little buyback action.

Back in the mid ’00s Topps had a ton of buyback autos. I was a fan. This is a favorite of mine.
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Darryl has a nice signature.

I always liked his ’87 All Star, all the ’87 All stars for that metter. I always thought he looked like he has braces in this picture. I was shopping for one of these on ebay back in ’06 and when I saw the numbering on this one I had to have it because I am immature. I actually payed a little more because it was number 69.

I think buybacks appeal to collectors in my demo because it’s a way to make some of the classic cards of our youth into big time hits. We get a little run down at how our late ’80s treasures are barely worth the paper they are printed on, this helps make them special again.

-K-

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4 responses to “Throwback versus Buyback…

  1. Agreed.

    But as much as I dig the buybacks, unless there’s a stamp or something on them they’re REALLY easy to fake, which can kill the secondary market value. See, for example, Bowman originals. Just judging from the guys I collect, some of those don’t go for near what they used to, I’m assuming because of the fakes issue.

  2. I didn’t collect from 2002 to 2011. Could you explain what a “buyback” is?

    Thanks!

    • Sure. Companies buy back older cards and then have the player sign the card and either stamp them or do something to indicate they are authentic.

      It’s a way to get authentic signatures on older cards.

  3. I’m with CCC. I love the idea, but the execution has often been lacking, resulting in lots of fakes. You can’t just put a buyback in a case and put a “certified” sticker on that case…that’s just begging for fakers to scam buyers. What I’d like to see is more stamping. I personally LOVE IT when companies stamp an official signature thing on their card. I know Bowman often does it and Leaf used to do it a lot too. Those stamps seem hard to replicate and they’re on the card, so you’re really 100% sure that the signature is legit. It would not be hard for card companies to do this more often, so I wonder why they don’t. Do they think we hate the stamp?

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