Why am I the very last person to find out about 2014 Stadium Club buyback autographs? I discovered the first one this morning (of Mr. Canseco) while checking out some eBay completed sales. It’s absolutely gorgeous, has an on-card autograph, and is serial numbered to just five copies. After searching them out specifically, I found recent sales of other greats that have worn green and yellow. As you can imagine, they sold for considerably more than the tarnished Canseco card, which hit a respectable $150.
I have to say, right now my very favorite gimmick in this hobby is buyback autographs. I hope other companies take note to Topps’ effort to not flood the market with them (looking at you, Leaf & Panini) because these cards are truly special and create a unique type of nostalgia that no other card gimmick comes close to. Seeing these 1991 Stadium Club buybacks brings me back to the days when Topps was sweeping the floor with the competition and I’m glad they are so hard to find. I may never own one but I can appreciate the image just as much.
Now, one has to wonder if 2015 Stadium Club will also feature buybacks from the 1992 release, which featured key cards of Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, Manny Ramirez and many more. It’s still a good three months away but cases are already online for around $1,000 a piece. That of course will bring you lots and lots of goodies and just maybe a shot at something truly special, like one of the cards below. Let’s just hope Topps Company is very selective about what subjects are given the buyback treatment. For those who forget or weren’t around in 1992, Stadium Club was a three-series, 900-card set. That was a record held for biggest set for quite some time.