Enter the Topps buybacks.
Some guys, like Steve Kline, I haven't seen buybacks for. However, I've seen a few for Chris Enochs, Russ Davis and Darrell Whitmore. Many people dislike the buybacks, and particularly last year's "Rediscover Topps," but for guys like me, it's a rare opportunity to add something new to old player collections.
One problem is that there was no checklist released by Topps, that I know of. Davis was in Topps sets for the better part of a decade and there may be buybacks for some seasons and not others. That's not even taking into account the different stamp colors. UGH!
I recently discovered that Trading Card Database has the sets in the system, and as users report cards, they are added. It will never be a complete checklist, but it's better than nothing. It's also nice since that's where I'm cataloging my collection and I'll be able to get these in.
Thanks to COMC, I was able to add three on my last shipment.
|2017 Bowman - Bowman Buybacks Bronze #204 Chris Enochs|
|2017 Bowman - Bowman Buybacks Bronze #204 Chris Enochs (back)|
|2017 Bowman - Bowman Buybacks Silver #342 Russ Davis|
|2017 Bowman - Bowman Buybacks Silver #342 Russ Davis (back)|
|2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Blue #193 Russ Davis|
|2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Blue #193 Russ Davis (back)|
This one set me back $1.99. I wouldn't pay that much for any random buyback, but I think it was also a steal at that price to add to my Russ Davis collection.
Shane, of Shoebox Legends, is the one that turned me on to buybacks in general with his Frankenset posts. I also realize that many collectors aren't fans of the buybacks. What I'm curious to know is aimed at player collectors. Do you look for these to add to your player collection(s) and what is your thought process on that? Please comment below with your thoughts. I'd love to read them!
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