To the best of my knowledge, the buybacks that Topps is inserting into packs this year, and has been for the last couple of years, are only available in hobby boxes.
This seems like an odd "exclusive" to award someone who frequents a hobby store or website and spends that much money on a box.
But a disclaimer: I don't buy hobby boxes regularly, I don't think I'm that kind of collector. So I'm not clear on the mindset of the regular hobby box buyer. Do they hope to get a lot of cards from the set all at once? Do they want hits or variations that are only available in hobby packs? Do they save more buying boxes rather than packs and blasters at the big-box store?
My guess is all of the above apply.
So with that in mind, how do they feel about this?:
It's a buyback, and you know my feelings on those. They're odd and strange and wonderful. But is someone who is buying boxes, who is looking for fancy hits, going to want a miscut card like this? I can practically see the next card of a Reds player on Ed Sprague's card! (There are five Reds in the '75 set with red top borders).
Here is the back:
My goodness, Topps didn't buy this back (unless it was from Oscar the Grouch), it went dumpster diving!
That's in the top five of largest wax stains I've ever seen.
I received this card from Adam of ARPSmith's Sportscard Obsession. It's for my insane '75 buyback quest. This card is perfectly adequate for my mission. Upgrading isn't a thought in my head. Condition isn't a priority in this game.
But I'm trying to get into the mind of box buyers here. First of all, is this inserted as a hit in the box, such as three relics/autographs per box, except it's a moldy old 1975 Topps card? Because that would/should raise a stink.
Second of all, what is their opinion of seeing a card like this out of a pack:
This one came to me from Tom of Waiting 'Til Next Year, who bought it from a dealer from a card show, who probably pulled it out of a box of something from Topps, who apparently time-traveled back to 1976 and stole a card out of my collection.
This card looks exactly like the cards that I have saved from my first year of collecting in '75. I have a whole bunch of 'em. And if Topps is looking for cards in this condition to stamp little gold foil logos on, please contact me and we'll settle on a price. They may have sentimental value, but I'm not above selling my card soul for buyback payola.
The other buyback cards that Tom and Adam sent are in much better shape:
This brings me to 35 total cards in the '75 Topps buyback set. That's pretty awesome to get there so quickly.
In fact, I got my first buyback double with the Steve Hargan card up at the top. I don't need any buyback dupes (unless they're Dodgers, I guess). So let's place the buyback want list right here:
I might throw it on the sidebar soon. It's also on my Twitter page for those of you who wander over there.
I have to admit this particular quest is sustaining me through the lean weeks here. I haven't bought cards in almost a month and packages are being sent out like every three or four weeks. Who knew buybacks could be so useful?
I'll get back to regular trading and buying soon, and I hope when that happens I won't ignore these strange cards.
And if I think they're strange, there's no telling what box buyers think of them.