A Word of Caution About the 2017 Topps Archives Gene Hackman Buyback Autographs


2017 Topps Archives Gene Hackman Buyback Autograph 133

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some collectors busting packs and boxes of 2017 Topps Archives Baseball are finding surprise Gene Hackman autographs. These are done as signed buybacks using Superman cards from the 1978 film where the Hollywood legend played Lex Luthor alongside Christopher Reeve.

If you pull one of these from a pack and are holding onto it, be proud. Hackman’s signature is not easy to come by.

However, if you’re looking to the secondary market, be careful.

The 2017 Topps Archives Gene Hackman Buyback Autographs are original cards that have since been signed. These sorts of cards, autographed or not, make regular appearances in Topps products. This year alone, millions of such cards will be inserted across several 2017 baseball lines through their Rediscover Topps program.

A common thing about nearly all of these recent buybacks is the fact that they come with a foil stamp on the front noting they’re in fact buybacks. This is even true for commons from those late ’80s sets where supply of originals is not an issue.

The 2017 Topps Archives Gene Hackman Buyback Autographs have no such stamp. It’s a signed card with no such markers on the front.

2017 Topps Archives Gene Hackman Buyback Autograph

And nothing on the back.

2017 Topps Archives Gene Hackman Buyback Autograph Reverse

Those who get one from a pack shouldn’t have any concern about authenticity issues. However, if you’re looking to buy one, it’s certainly something to consider and definitely be careful about. If it’s a card you’re thinking about getting sometime down the road, you may want to save a couple of images for reference purposes.

All of them are signed in either silver or blue pen, depending on the card. It also looks like only a handful of different cards have been used, which makes sense because who wants a card with Superman or Lois Lane signed by the person who played Lex Luthor?

Although the cards themselves don’t have any authentication markers, collectors can send their cards into places like Beckett Authentication, have them assessed and get documentation.

Hackman, who has also starred in such films as Hoosiers, The French Connection and Unforgiven, signed earlier this year for 2017 Topps Series 1. His autograph there is a 1987-style Hoosiers card. Not only is it an entirely new card, but it has a foil stamp on the front.

2017 Topps Gene Hackman Autograph

The two-time Oscar winner is a fairly tough signature to find, on cards or otherwise.

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


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. cardopinionator 9 June, 2017 at 21:35

    This is a horrible oversight by Topps. They really owe the collector some assurance of authenticity.

  2. chris 9 June, 2017 at 22:53

    One would have to be utterly devoid of common sense to ever buy an uncertified autograph of any kind from a secondary source, especially online. This definitely sounds like something to avoid. Shame on Topps for promoting fraud this way.

    • Ryan Cracknell 12 June, 2017 at 09:57

      @chris How is not putting a stamp on a card promoting fraud? Does it open up the door for scammers? Sure. Does it hurt their value? Yes. These are extra autographs in boxes from what I’ve heard. There’s a big difference in my books between making a mistake and an intent for “promoting fraud.”

  3. CJ 10 June, 2017 at 00:03

    I’m not all that confident of any of the foil stamps from any product to begin with. Are we really to think they’re a good protective device?

  4. Anthony 11 June, 2017 at 23:57

    I don’t think it’s an actual foil stamp on the Hoosiers card. Isn’t it just printed on?

  5. Richard 12 June, 2017 at 15:31

    Topps did something similar along time ago with the Batman release. Danny Devito and Tommy Lee Jones have autograph cards on buybacks with no indicators that they were inserted in the packs.

  6. Billy Losh 4 September, 2017 at 18:00

    Why do Topps do what they do ? They should know better. Topps notices all the forgeries out there. Are they saving lots of money on not using stamps and stickers ?

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