Is That a Gene Hackman Hoosiers Autograph in 2017 Topps Series 1?


Gene Hackman Hoosiers

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As you’re busy scouring the 2017 Topps Series 1 checklist for your favorite team and players, there’s a good chance you might miss something — especially if you’re not looking for it in the first place. And unless you were looking for Hoosiers autographs in a baseball card product, you probably weren’t looking for it.

It looks as though Series 1 has a Gene Hackman autograph is part of the product.

Scan down to the 1987 Topps Autographs on the checklist and you’ll notice the name Norman Dale from Hickory. That’s the name of Hackman’s character in the film. Hickory is the name of the small Indiana town where Hoosiers is set.

February, 2017 also marks the 30th anniversary of the movie’s North American release.

The use of the character’s name on the card (not the signature) falls in line with similar cards found in other recent sets. It was this way for the Bull Durham cards that were in a couple of different 2016 products, including autographs from Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.

Costner’s signature was also included in 2016 Allen & Ginter. This time he was listed as Ray Kinsella from Field of Dreams.

Hoosiers went on to be a hit. Its popularity has stuck. Not only is it regarded as one of the best basketball films ever (sorry, Space Jam), but one of the most beloved ’80s movies.

This is the first certified autograph card for HackmanHe has a couple of cut signature cards. The two-time Academy Award winner’s most prominent trading cards can be found in sets for the 1978 Superman film where he played Lex Luthor.

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. Card Opinionator 27 January, 2017 at 12:06

    Will be great to see those cards, but would be so much better in a Basketball product.

  2. Pete V 27 January, 2017 at 14:51

    2018 Topps will feature Emilio Esteves from The Mighty Ducks (and an another bad base design…)

  3. JDonovan 27 January, 2017 at 15:27

    Well Topps doesn’t have any basketball products. Although this may have fit better in Allen & Ginter instead of flagship.

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