Collectors who pull Topps Chrome cards of this year’s MLB MVPs can now turn them into a pretty generous trade thanks to a new promotion between Topps and local hobby shops and major online retailers.
Topps/Fanatics says the first of its kind program is being launched to “create excitement among collectors, drive business to hobby shops, and generate enthusiasm in The Hobby overall.”
The program works like this:
- Beginning Saturday, Nov. 26, collectors who have certain 2022 Topps Chrome branded cards of Aaron Judge or Paul Goldschmidt can take them to participating hobby shops in return for $20 or more of store credit (the credit depends on the rarity of the card but even base cards are worth $20 in trade. Pulling two cards of Judge and/or Goldschmidt out of a single blaster box—even base cards—would result in a $40 store credit).
- The promotion only applies to 2022 Topps Chrome, Topps Chrome Logofractor and Topps Chrome Sonic (set to be released in February).
- Eligible Judge and Goldschmidt cards include base, base alternative, Refractor and certain numbered parallels. A list of all of the eligible Topps Chrome Judge and Goldschmidt cards produced so far is here.
- For all base cards, the buyback offer is $20. Refractors are worth $40. Card numbered between 150 and 399 will get $100 in credit and cards numbered between 25 and 99 are worth a $200 credit.
- Collectors who don’t live near a hobby shop can participate by sending their cards to Steel City Collectibles, Blowout Cards or Dave & Adam’s (three major online retailers).
- It’s not just a Black Friday weekend promotion. The program runs from Saturday through March 31, 2023.
No purchase at hobby shops is necessary. The stores who opt to participate are required to offer the store credit for cards that are brought in but can’t require those visitors to make any purchase while in the shop. The hope, certainly, is that they do, however.
You can check out boxes of Topps Chrome and Chrome Logofractor Baseball on eBay here.
So what happens to all of those Judge and Goldschmidt cards that will wind up in hobby shops from coast to coast? Topps says, “We have something fun and exciting planned for the cards that are bought back. Stay tuned for more details.”
Call your local hobby shop or check this list for a participating store near you