Okay on to buybacks. Which like a lot of things, are relatively new to me. When I started collecting sports cards again around 2010, I didn't have much interest in what was new at the time and I still don't for the most part. There have been a few exceptions of course, but for the most part I'm content just reading about the newer stuff on everyone else's blog posts. So I hadn't even heard of buybacks until about a year ago, and at the time I didn't think much of them. I just remember reading about how much everyone disliked them, one could even say hated them. I never came across any back home at the cards shows in Portland and I hadn't seen any here, until just a couple of months ago.
I finally encountered some in the wild at the end of January show and was almost immediately smitten with them. Now I know that as primarily a collector of vintage cards I should loathe these defaced cards, but I don't. I have no idea why I like them so, maybe it's just because the whole concept seems to be on the silly side. There seems to be a lot of arguments for and against them, that I won't get into here since they have been covered ad nauseam elsewhere. I will say that obviously I would rather Topps have just started inserting unstamped vintage cards in packs, but I still prefer stamped vintage cards to more reprints. So now that I have seen and bought a few, the question became what to do with them? After a couple of weeks I had what I thought was an original idea, which is to start a buybacks frankenset (thanks to Nick, I know what that is). The thought of doing a frankenset had never really appealed to me before, but these seem like say were made for it. Anyways as I said, I thought it was an original idea. That is until I saw Jeff of 2x3 Heroes fame was already doing the same thing, NUTS! Even though I'm slightly dismayed that I didn't think of it first (although I'm not that surprised), I'm still kind of excited to be doing something that is very out of the ordinary for me.
Ok, after that crazy long opening. Here is what I have so far, for my burgeoning set:
|Topps must not be to fond of Jim Fregosi, judging by the placement of the stamp.|
I have been surprised to see how much buybacks have been selling for, especially on eBay. I thought I might be able to get some cheap lots, but that hasn't worked out very well so far. Once you breakdown the per card price of the sold lots it usually comes out to multiple times higher than the original non stamped versions sell for. And I'm just not willing to pay that much for these, no matter how much I'm interested in them. So even if it seems like the majority of people on blogs and on message boards are anti buybacks, there is obviously a large contingent out there in favor of them. I have also been surprised to see how much they are listed for on sites like COMC and Sportlots, although I would hope even the people who really like these aren't paying anywhere from $5-20 for a stamped common from the '59 Topps set.
And here are my most recent acquisitions courtesy of Robert from the budget conscious $30 A Week Habit:
They seem to be upping the silliness factor with buybacks of cards from the 90's and some kind of color coded system for the stamps to denote rarity. I think I will be trying to stick to the pre 90's stamped cards (pre 1975 will be my main focus), and I really don't think I'm going to be paying any attention to the stamp color.
I thought for sure I would find some more at this past weekend's show, but if there were any to be had I didn't see them. The good thing though, is there's always next time.
Before I wrap up this post I wanted to mention that if anyone reading this has or gets any unwanted buybacks (the older the better), I would be most interested in trading for them.
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