Top 20 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trading Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to entertainment, there was a time when Buffy the Vampire Slayer trading cards ruled the hobby. The iconic comedy-horror struck an honest nerve. Despite its weekly onslaught of suave vampires, ghoulish monsters and other Hellmouth denizens, Buffy felt more real than just about anything on TV at the time.

That realness translated into a wildly popular line of cards that remains strong today. Inkworks introduced the show to North American collectors. Debuting their Season 1 set in 1998, it remains a benchmark release.

But the non-sport hobby was in a different place then. But that didn’t stop the show from creating many popular and valuable cards.

Autographs were only starting to become an expectation. For the first several sets, Inkworks took a less-is-more approach. Signers were initially limited to key stars and major guests. The trade off was that they were fairly tough to pull. Over the years, Inkworks signers included Alyson Hannigan (Willow), David Boreanaz (Angel), James Marsters (Spike), Nicholas Brendon (Xander), Eliza Dushku (Faith) and Anthony Stewart Head (Giles). Among the notable guest star signatures was John Ritter. The late Three’s Company star’s only certified autograph card came in the Season 2 set.

As the line and the hobby evolved over the next few years, autographs became more plentiful and Pieceworks memorabilia cards were introduced.

Looking back, Inkworks managed to land virtually every major star from the show for autographs. The Season 1 set remains particularly popular, and valuable, even when some repeat autographs came in later sets. But nearly every season-based set has a key character.

There were a couple of exceptions, most notably Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar. Inkworks never managed to get her to sign cards during their long run with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer trading cards license.

Enter Rittenhouse Archives. Nearly two decades after the show’s debut, Rittenhouse picked up the license. They’ve continued the less-is-more approach, opting for mini factory sets headlined by some major cards — including the first Sarah Michelle Gellar autographs.

Rittenhouse also introduced Buffy the Vampire Slayer sketch cards. These are extremely limited and have commanded huge interest on the secondary market.

So what are the most valuable Buffy the Vampire Slayer trading cards? Let’s count them down.

Please note that the following list does not include the 2017 Rittenhouse BTVS Ultimate Collector’s Set Series 2 as it just released and pricing data is still being compiled. Also, due to the unique nature of the Rittenhouse sketch cards, they were also not taken into account.

Top 20 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trading Cards

Rankings are based on the Beckett Non-Sports Card Price Guide and Database. Specific values are available to subscribers.

20. 1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Autographs Bianca Lawson #A9

1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Bianca Lawson Autograph

19. 1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Autographs Robia Lamorte #A8

1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Robia Lamorte Autograph

17 (tie). 2006 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Memories Pieceworks  #PW17A and #PW17B

2006 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Memories PW17A PW17B

16. 2001 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5 Autographs Amber Benson #A23

2001 Buffy Season 5 Autographs Amber Benson

15. 2003 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7 Final Farewell Case Loader Joss Whedon Autograph #CL1

2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7 Final Farewell Case Loader Autograph Joss Whedon

14. 2000 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reflections Autographs Eliza Dushku #A2

2000 Buffy Reflections Autographs Eliza Dushku

13. 1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 Autographs Eliza Dusku #A15

1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 Autographs Eliza Dushku

12. 1998 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Autographs Joss Whedon #A1

1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Joss Whedon Autograph

11. 1998 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Autographs Mark Metcalf #A4

1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Mark Metcalf Autograph

10. 2001 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5 Autographs Michelle Trachtenberg #A22

2001 Buffy Season 5 Autographs Michelle Trachtenberg

9. 1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 Autographs James Marsters #A12

1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 Autographs James Marsters

8. 1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Autographs Anthony Stewart Head #A6

1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Anthony Stewart Head Autograph

7. 1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Autographs John Ritter #A7

1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 John Ritter Autograph

6. 1998 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Autographs David Boreanz #A2

1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 David Boreanaz Autograph

5. 1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Autographs Charisma Carpenter #A5

1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Charisma Carpenter Autograph

3 (tie). 2015 Rittenhouse Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collector’s Set Bordered Autographs Sarah Michelle Gellar

2015 Rittenhouse Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collectors Set Sarah Michell Gellar Autograph Bordered

3 (tie). 2015 Rittenhouse Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collector’s Set Full-Bleed Autographs Sarah Michelle Gellar

2015 Rittenhouse Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collectors Set Sarah Michell Gellar Autograph Full Bleed

2. 1998 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Autographs Alyson Hannigan #A3

1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Alyson Hannigan Autograph

1. 2007 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer 10th Anniversary Propworks Slayer’s Essential Stake #SE1 /107

2007 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Propworks Stake

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

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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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2 comments

  1. Kerry 14 March, 2017 at 17:05

    This is one of those sets that could get more reaction from the wife than just the usual “why do you collect pieces of cardboard?!”

  2. John 12 August, 2018 at 09:37

    I have 8 or the 20 listed, it almost everything else in the original 7 Buffy and 5 Angel runs, and a pretty extraordinary Alias collection, 98% complete a time best guess.

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