2015 Topps Football Buybacks include foil parallel twist


2015 Topps Football Buybacks

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Buybacks are nothing new to Topps sets. Neither is adding a foil stamp. However, the 2015 Topps Football Buybacks takes the concept to a new level with parallel versions. Much like a traditional set of parallels, the different color stamps signify rarity.

But just how rare some of these buybacks are and which cards have buybacks are still something of a mystery.

Buybacks are inserted one per 2015 Topps Football hobby box and two per jumbo box. These are original Topps cards that have been bought off the secondary market. Rather than just including the cards as-is in packs, Topps has added a 60th anniversary foil stamp to the fronts. This shows where they came from.

Here’s a video from Topps that explains the program. It focuses on rookie cards, but the buybacks delve much deeper into the brand’s history.

The original cards that have been included cover the entire history of Topps’ flagship football line with cards dating all the way back to the 1950s. They move all the way up to recent years. A checklist for the buybacks hasn’t been released so it’s difficult for set, team and player collectors to know for certain what’s in and what’s not.

The stamps help somewhat, at least when it comes to quantity of a particular card.

2015 Topps Football Buyback Foil Stamp Rarity

This is the rarity scale used by Topps for how rare each foil stamp is for the 2015 Topps Football Buybacks.

Black – Standard

2015 Topps Football Buybacks Black

Red – Limited

2015 Topps Football Buybacks Red

Blue – Rare

2015 Topps Football Buybacks Blue

Silver – Scarce

2015 Topps Football Buybacks Silver

Gold – One-of-One

2015 Topps Football Buybacks Gold

Buybacks have been around in the hobby in various forms for a while now. 1991 Topps Baseball randomly inserted original cards (without a stamp) to commemorate 40 years. In the years and decades since, they have become increasingly common. The flagship Topps Baseball and Topps Heritage Baseball lines are the most common places.

The buyback has also evolved to include signed cards in some instances as well, like the Recollection Autographs line from Panini that was started back in the Donruss days.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. David Johnson 26 August, 2015 at 14:00

    If they added some serial numbering or included a complete checklist, noting how many of each card were stamped, that would make these even more desirable. Using different color foil is interesting, but the terms “limited”, “rare”, and “scarce” don’t really define anything in terms of relative scarcity. I love the idea, I just wish they did a little bit more to define exactly how many of each card and what cards were included.

  2. John 26 August, 2015 at 15:33

    I agree with David – the terminology is vague. Being a team collector, I’d take any of the buybacks regardless of rarity. I’m looking forward to getting my boxes of Topps more every day!

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