2017 Topps Rediscover Ultimate Card Giveaway Expands, Revamps Buybacks

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By Ryan Cracknell

Stamped buybacks are returning and expanding in 2017 Topps baseball products. But they’re also being given some minor tweaks in a program dubbed the 2017 Topps Ultimate Card Giveaway.

Over the course of the year, Topps plans to insert two million cards from the past back into packs.

What Are 2017 Topps Ultimate Card Giveaway Buybacks?

As they have been for years, the buybacks are old cards that have been stamped. However, this time it’s with “Rediscover Topps” going up the side of the card. Like 2016, foil the stamping comes in a variety of colors to indicate rarity.

2017 Topps Buybacks Stamp Color Comparison

2017 Topps Rediscover Topps Buybacks Rarity Scale

• Bronze – Most Common
• Silver
• Gold
• Blue
• Red- Rarest

A lot of the buybacks coming out of 2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball should be familiar to a lot of collectors. That’s not because they’re the biggest baseball cards of all-time. Rather, they’re from the 1980s and early ’90s when virtually everything had massive print runs.This isn’t the case for all, though. Buybacks are included all the way up to 2016. A mix of stars and Rookie Cards can also be found.

2017 Topps Rediscover Buyback Silver Sammy Sosa RC

Due to the scope of products used, it’s virtually impossible to have an accurate checklist for buybacks.

To address concerns some collectors have about stamping old cards, some of the older buybacks used for the 2017 Topps Ultimate Card Giveaway have been left in their original form. This means no stamp. For cards from the 1950s era, it also means redemptions as they’re too big to include in packs. So if you pull an Ultimate Card Giveaway Redemption, you’re not going to get a 1988 Topps common.

2017 Topps Ultimate Card Giveaway Buyback Redemption

If you’d like to see what sorts of buybacks are on the market, here’s what’s currently listed on eBay.

Buyback Errors

It appears as though there were at least a couple of glitches with non-Topps cards getting stamped and packed out. One person pulled a 1992 Donruss Mark Lemke with the Rediscover Topps foil stamp and was asking $10,000 for it on eBay (as of February 2, 2017).

1992 Donruss Mark Lemke Topps Buyback

A 1991 Leaf Steve Lake stamped buyback also surfaced.

1991 Leaf Steve Lake Rediscover Topps Buyback

The likely explanation is that the cards were likely acquired in bulk and in the sorting a few mistakenly left in.

Topps Ultimate Card Giveaway Code Cards

Besides the buybacks, the Topps Rediscover Ultimate Card Giveaway also has code cards. Inserted approximately 1:6 packs in participating products, the primary function for these is to promote the program. However, the card’s code can be entered on the Topps website and potentially unlock additional prizes including Topps BUNT digital cards and Topps Now cards.

If you get one of the code cards, they can be redeemed here.

Participating Products

Here’s a list of products that will feature 2017 Topps Rediscover Ultimate Card Giveaway buybacks:

2017 Bowman Baseball
2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball
2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball
2017 Topps Heritage Baseball
• 2017 Topps Update Series Baseball

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


  1. Posted September 23, 2016 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    I loved Topps Million Card Giveaway (and Diamond Card Giveaway) a few years ago. I hope the code cards included work like they did back then where you had a digital representation of the card (which you could trade), but then could get it physically delivered ….. Foil stamping on a classic card….ehhh.

  2. James
    Posted September 24, 2016 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Topps needs to put out a checklist of available buyback cards … otherwise this process will continue to be sloppy and unwieldy. Under the current process, there’s no way of knowing what cards exist. Just a giant fail.

  3. kris buonocore
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    sounds good

  4. Bill
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    What a mess… ridiculous that they would include Donruss cards. And yes, with no checklist, it’s impossible to know what is or isn’t included.

  5. Michael L Pereira
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    All you need to know is Topps put Mark Lemke and Steve Lake in a pack and thought it would be a cool hit for collectors. I’ll rediscover Topps by saving my money and buying something with value, like a Bird,Magic,Erving RC. Don’t mind it as long as they don’t think it’s something more than just a stamp on a card that has two million more copies somewhere. But if they ever think it adds value to already outrageous pack prices then they’re NUTS.

  6. Ace
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    stop stamping the cards…please

  7. Scott F
    Posted February 3, 2017 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    These are a waste of everyone’s time and money.

  8. Posted February 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Did you revise the rarity scale? I swear you had bronze 2017 rediscover cards listed as more rare initially? Thank you.

  9. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted February 3, 2017 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Yes — Topps corrected their original information late last night. We updated first chance we had.

  10. Posted February 3, 2017 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand . . . what’s the purpose? Are these the original cards that they are stamping on ? or do you send the winning card in to receive the original card?

    I’ve been collecting since 1977 and I have enough just trying complete a master base set with the Variation Short Print cards.

  11. Alex
    Posted February 3, 2017 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    I have a ton of unprinted Rediscover Topps cards in my garage, if anybody wants to pay me for them. They are all Ultimate Card Giveaways.

  12. Cory McLaughlin
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    The Topps Now code redemption cards are a joke….no matter how careful you are, the adhesive pulls off the letters.

  13. JDonovan
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Putting a stamp on a 5 cent 1991 Topps card apparently raises its value 5000%. When did people stop collecting cards and start collecting gimmicks?

  14. John Bateman
    Posted February 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    I like the fact that Topps recognizes it past, though I would have wish they would have included an old logo stamp on the cards.

    I also love the fact rediscover Topps stamps are appearing on non Topps cards.

  15. John
    Posted February 11, 2017 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    I have a JRPC MCR Matt Carpenter logo patch card #22/50 in silver print upper right hand corner. I have 3 other JRPC cards with no numbers in right hand corner. Is the # card harder to get? Thanks

  16. Chris
    Posted February 23, 2017 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    I have redeemed 45 codes without a winner. My state lottery scratchers have better odds. What a joke, especially with all the commons in this promotion. Heck, I can buy the entire 1987 set for less than 10 bucks, and the cards won’t be ruined with stupid stamps.

  17. Robin Kasten
    Posted February 26, 2017 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I have received a 1970 Mets team celebration card that states we’re number one. Their is no distinction of manufacture of if this card. It is number 198 on the back and has a picture of Nolan Ryan along with three other players holding there fingers up number one. I need to know who is the manufacture of this card and it’s worth. If someone know please contact me at my email address stated above.
    thank you
    Robin kasten

  18. David Blyn
    Posted March 8, 2017 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Robin – That is a 1970 Topps card valued about $15 in top shape. If you got that in this promotion, it is by far the best card I have heard of so far.

  19. Jeremy North
    Posted March 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Where do I send them if I get one

  20. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted March 20, 2017 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Did you check the back of the card? The instructions should all be on there.

  21. Rene
    Posted March 25, 2017 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    On the rediscover topps card donwe have to send them in to be replaced


  22. Posted April 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I love this product. The look of it. Not being guranteed an auto and brining back old school collecting baseball cards is what this product is all about. Almost have the entire set plus SP’s and Variations. A lot of work but makes collecting fun again!!

  23. Barry Humphrey
    Posted May 4, 2017 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    I recently bought a pack of 2017 Topps Heritage and had a 1984 Sam Horn in it with a *Buy Back stamped to the front right side of the card. What does this mean? Can I send it back in for another card? Is it just letting me know that its not a card from this actual set? Did Topps buy it back from someone and rerelease it back into packs? Totally confused.

  24. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted May 4, 2017 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    It is an original 1984 card. This article explains what buybacks are: http://www.beckett.com/news/buyback-cards/

  25. Justin K
    Posted May 4, 2017 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m still having trouble discerning bronze from gold. Why make them so similar?

  26. Mark B
    Posted May 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I just got a random 1987 card in a pack of 2017 Topps, couldn’t figure out what it was until I saw this article. I have no idea how to enter this card into Beckett because Topps ruined the original card by stamping it, so I can’t add it to the ’87 set. Also there is no list for buybacks, so this card just seems pointless and worthless. What is the point of ruining old cards with that stamp?

  27. Mark
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    I kinda like these. I know they’re commons, etc, but I want around the first time they were printed and it’s just fun to see some old cards, learn about a couple old players, and groove on some classic designs. I understand they’re mostly not worth much, but tonight I’m googling Joe Lahoud because of this card. Far better than that hideous paint splattered “5-tool” series!

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