A production error caused duplication of what should have been 1/1 SuperFractor cards of 95 prospects inside 2023 Bowman Chrome Baseball and Topps is offering to buy the extras back to the tune of more than $700,000.
After collectors noted that several of the non-autographed SuperFractors appeared to have a twin in the days following the product’s release, Topps says it began working on a solution to one of the company’s most notable miscues in recent memory. The result was a bounty to get the extras off the market.
“We have identified and addressed the issue as well as implemented new procedures in an effort to prevent this from ever happening again,” the company wrote in a social media post.
“We are offering what we believe to be a generous buyback program for each of the impacted cards. The offer levels are set by card and will be available to the first person to claim and submit a verified copy of each impacted card.”
Those offers range from $3,000 to $75,000 per card. Collectors who own one of the cards that were double printed have to go through a series of steps to claim the buyback. Some have already been claimed or are listed as “pending” including $75,000 for the SuperFractor featuring Padres prospect Ethan Salas and $35,000 for Felnin Celesten of the Mariners. However, that leaves dozens of valuable cards hidden among the boxes that have yet to be opened. Topps was offering $35,000 for the card of Rangers shortstop prospect Sebastian Walcott.
SuperFractors are supposed to be a one-of-a-kind parallel and have been a staple in Chrome products for years. 1/1 SuperFractors for high profile players are often some of the highest priced cards in the modern end of the baseball card market.
Hobby boxes of 2023 Bowman Chrome are currently selling for over $300 on eBay.
Topps has created a standalone page on its website with details on its buyback program for the duplicate SuperFractors.