First Look: 2013 Topps 75th anniversary (with preliminary checklist)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps is celebrating an anniversary this December — its 75th anniversary of making cardboard of any kind — and it’s all culminating in a single take-a-look back product that’s all about pop culture and Topps’ place in it documenting it via cardboard.

It’s 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary.

Since 1938, Topps has existed — first as a chewing gum company. Then, in 1947 Bazooka arrived and then in 1949 so did its cardboard. This one will take a look back at more than 100 classic sets from the past with some new inclusions, too.


Each 24-pack box will include three autographs and one stamped buyback card for about $100 when it arrives on Dec. 11. The autographs will be from more than 20 iconic people from past Topps sets.  The autos will have Rainbow and Diamond versions limited to 75 and 10 copies apiece, while the buybacks will be stamped with a Topps 75 logo. There also will be a selection of cut autos in the product as well as autographed buyback cards.

The standard set will consist of 100 cards each with three parallels (Rainbow foil, a Diamond version limited to 75 copies and “modern gloss”) and 1/1 printing plates.  In addition there will be eight mini cards and eight test issue cards among the offerings.

Each card in the set will look back at a different past Topps release — a literal nod to its cardboard legacy that includes everything from presidents to Star Trek to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Operation Desert Storm.

Among the confirmed signers for the product right now are Roger Moore (James Bond), Richard Kiel (Moonraker), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Corey Feldman (The Goonies), Lou Ferrigno (Incredible Hulk), Ed Gale (Howard The Duck) and Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company) to name a few.

As part of its release, the company will have 75 prizes in 75 days available to collectors online via its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Click here to view the preliminary checklist as released by Topps.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



  1. Posted September 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    What a weird set

  2. Cory Furlong
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Not much of a non sports guy but I see X-Files and Star Wars so count me in!

  3. jackson depree
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    I cant see many people buying unless its like 50 a box

  4. Richard
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Sticker autographs = fail for me.

  5. Kevin
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    Is the Rambo card a buyback with an authentic Sylvester Stallone autograph and if so will the card shown be included in this product along with other authentic Sylvester Stallone autographs? I did some research on the 1985 Topps Rambo cards and did not find any with Sylvester Stallone autographs authentic or facsimile.

  6. JayKayZee
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    I love the idea, but the confirmed autos so far leave me not so sure. At least half of those listed already are either from very forgettable shows (Harry and The Hendersons?? WHO CARES!) or are supporting at best characters from more major productions (Paulie for Rocky IV?? REALLY?? All the people in those movies and you got PAULIE??)

    I’ll likely wait for the price to drop (which it will, alot I imagine) and then buy in…

  7. rick
    Posted September 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Junk, Junk, and more JUNK

  8. Card Opionator
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Wait. Wasn’t the Topps 50th Anniversary 12 years ago?

  9. Posted September 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Since 1938, Topps has existed — first as a chewing gum company. Then, in 1947 Bazooka arrived and then in 1949 so did its cardboard.

  10. Chris
    Posted September 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    I wish they’d leave the autos out so they could keep the price down on each box. Make it something everybody can afford, whether they’re collecting nowadays or have just enjoyed collecting sometime in the past 75 years.

  11. Posted November 5, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    I wish it was a mixture of sport & non-sport. Come on Topps open up that vault and give some of those babies up.

  12. Bob Rewak
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Just yesterday the 1/1 of the GPK Adam Bomb (blank back) went for over $500. These are from the Topps Vault.
    I was able to pick up the Charlie’s Angels blank back for $22. Going for more tonight.

  13. kevin
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    curious on the test issue cards are these cards part of the regular set or not. I got a col steve austin cards but the back looks just much like the regular set just a diff. color It is an awesome set with great autos etc. Love it

  14. Jacob Vasquez
    Posted March 9, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I want Topps to release a Checklist on the Buyback Cards! I have over half the Buyback Desert Storm First Series Set. Wonder if they issued a complete card set in any of the Buybacks? Desert Storm Card Collector Fanatic :)

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