2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Trading Cards

2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Trading Cards

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At Topps, there's no shortage of history. 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary celebrates the company's diamond anniversary with an eclectic checklist that offers a look at more than 100 different entertainment sets. The hobby-only release includes three autographs and one stamped buyback per box.

The 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary base set has 100 cards. Each is from a different set in the company's history. Collectors can relive classic TV shows, movies, historical events, music and more. Len Brown, a retired creative director who worked at Topps for more than 40 years, is helping pick the images as well as writing card backs. It's a pop culture potpourri that ranges from Davy Crockett to Batman to ALF. Of course, Topps properties like Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packages and Mars Attacks also appear. For many, it acts as an opportunity to learn a little more about some sets that may not have uncovered. 2013 Topps 75th gives a glimpse of how the hobby has evolved.

Parallels are part of that evolution and 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary has several of them. Rainbow Foil cards fall one per pack. Diamond Anniversary cards are limited to 75 copies each. Modern Gloss cards have just ten copies. These are intended to present old cards as they might have looked if they were printed today. Finally, there are 400 total Printing Plates.

Mini Cards is an eight-card insert that showcases some of the smaller-sized sets Topps has made through the years. Test Issue looks are eight sets that were in the works but never received a full national release.

Pop Culture Autographs are the primary hits in 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary. Sylvester Stallone (Rambo, Rocky) is the headliner. Dawn Wells (Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island), Marta Kristen (Judy Robinson on Lost in Space) and Richard Kiel (James Bond villain, Jaws) are among the other confirmed signers. Parallels include Rainbow Foil (150 per signer) and Diamond Anniversary (75 per signer). In addition to the Pop Culture Autographs, the release also has Stamped Buyback Autographs and 50 total Cut Signatures.

Every box of 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary also has one Stamped Buyback, a card from one of the original series with a small foil addition noting it as a buyback.

Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 8 cards per pack
Price Point: Low- to Mid-End Entertainment Card
Target Audience: Nostalgic Collectors, Topps Collectors, Autograph Collectors

2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Box Break

  • 3 Autographs
  • 1 Stamped Buyback
  • 24 Parallels
  • 192 Total Cards
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY 1979 “ROCKY II” BUY BACK CARD #74
$6.99
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY “ISOLATION BOOTH” DIAMOND SPARKLE CARD
$10.99
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY 1979 “STAR TREK: MOTION PICTURE” BUY BACK CARD #48
$6.99
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY POP CULTURE 1981 “SUPERMAN II” BUY BACK CARD #37
$5.99
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY POP CULTURE 1981 “SUPERMAN II” BUY BACK CARD #52
$5.99
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY POP CULTURE 1981 “SUPERMAN II” BUY BACK CARD #60
$5.99
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY 1986 “GARBAGE PAIL KIDS 6” BUY BACK STICKER #237A
$20.50
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Custom Made Topps 75th Anniversary Trading Card Album Binder
$24.95
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY “THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY” GLOSSY CARD #56
$49.99
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND” DIA SPARKLE #71
$21.50
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY “DESERT STORM” DIAMOND SPARKLE CARD #98
$17.99
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2013 TOPPS 75th ANNIVERSARY AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH TYLER MANE SABERTOOTH X-MEN
$9.99
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2013 TOPPS 75th ANNIVERSARY AUTHEN AUTOGRAPH JIM STARR AMERICAN GLADIATORS
$9.99
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2013 Topps 75th Anniversary auto autograph Jim Starr AMERICAN GLADIATOR
$5.00
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TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY AUTOGRAPH CARD OF MARK GODDARD
$12.00
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Topps 75th Anniversary Ernie Hudson Diamond Sparkle Parallel Auto 69 75!
$99.99
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Set Checklist

2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Checklist

Base Set Checklist

100 cards. Shop for base sets on eBay.

Click on the base links below to see detailed profiles of select sets.

PARALLEL CARDS: Rainbow Foil - 1 per pack, Diamond Anniversary - 75 per card, Modern Gloss - 10 per card, Printing Plates

1 Magic Photos
2 X-Ray Round-Up
3 Wings
4 Tarzan & The She Devil
5 Who-Z-At Star?
6 World On Wheels
7 Rails and Sails
8 Flags of the World
9 Davy Crockett
10 Elvis Presley
11 U.S. Presidents
12 Western Round-Up
13 Robin Hood
14 Space Cards
15 Hit Stars
16 Goofy Picture Cards
17 Isolation Booth (Gee Whiz Quiz)
18 Zorro
19 TV Westerns
20 Fabian
21 Funny Valentines
22 Funny Monsters
23 Crazy Cards
24 Civil War News
25 Casey & Kildare
26 Mars Attacks
27 Beverly Hillbillies
28 Astronauts
29 Beatles
30 Outer Limits
31 John F. Kennedy
32 Monster Greeting Cards
33 Ugly Stickers
34 Battle
35 Gilligan's Island
36 Rat Patrol
37 Get Smart
38 Man From U.N.C.L.E.
39 Lost in Space
40 The Green Hornet Stickers
41 Batman
42 Slob Stickers
43 Batman Laffs
44 Frankenstein Valentine Stickers
45 Superman
46 Wacky Packages
47 Nutty Initials
48 Soupy Sales
49 Who Am I?
50 Laugh In
51 Kooky Awards
52 Planet of the Apes
53 Man on the Moon
54 Mod Squad
55 The Brady Bunch
56 The Partridge Family
57 Creature Features
58 Kung Fu
59 Evel Knievel
60 Bazooka Joe
61 Hysterical History
62 Wanted Stickers
63 Good Times
64 Comic Book Heroes Stickers
65 Star Trek
66 Happy Days
67 Welcome Back, Kotter
68 Charlie's Angles
69 Star Wars
70 Jaws 2
71 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
72 Grease
73 Battlestar Galactica
74 Superman the Movie
75 Alien
76 Moonraker
77 The Incredible Hulk
78 Weird Wheels
79 Raiders of the Lost Ark
80 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
81 Donkey Kong
82 The A-Team
83 Michael Jackson
84 Gremlins
85 Masters of the Universe
86 Garbage Pail Kids
87 Alf
88 Fright Flicks
89 Pee Wee's Playhouse
90 Back to the Future II
91 Batman
92 Ghostbusters II
93 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
94 New Kids on the Block
95 Robocop II
96 The Simpsons
97 Terminator 2: Judgement Day
98 Desert Storm
99 Jurassic Park
100 The X-Files
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Autographs Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Rainbow Foil - 150 per signer, Diamond Anniversary #/75

2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Autographs Roger Moore 214x300 Image

Buyback Autographs Set Checklist

1 card.

2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Buyback Autographs Sylvester Stallone Rambo II 260x183 Image

1 Sylvester Stallone

Cut Signatures Set Checklist

7 cards.

1 Charlton Heston
2 Evel Knievel
3 Farrah Fawcett
4 Bob Hope
5 Sammy Davis Jr.
6 Burgess Meredith
7 Cesar Romero

Mini Card Checklist

8 cards.

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1 Freedom's War
2 Hopalong Cassidy
3 Bring 'em Back Alive
4 Animals of the World
5 Look 'N See 1952
6 Fighting Marines 1953
7 Scoops 1954
8 Jets 1956

Test Card Checklist

8 cards.
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1 Superman in the Jungle
2 Flipper
3 King Kong
4 Crazy TV
5 Emergency!/Adam-12
6 Six Million Dollar Man
7 The Waltons
8 Shock Theater

Stamped Buyback

1 per box

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Review

2013 Topps 75th Product Review

Reviewed by Kerwin Leong

Good: Nostalgic entertainment product with movies, television shows, and historical events all represented. Test issue cards bring to light rarely seen cards. Each box should have a complete set. Potential for Sylvester Stallone autographs. Three autographs per box.

Bad: Sticker autographs. Very small autograph checklist given the number of autographs per box. Only a few well-known signers included.

The Bottom Line: 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary is a great product for entertainment collectors. The nostalgic feel of the cards will make you reminisce with a trip down memory lane with pop culture history, historical events, and shows you watched as a child. I had a blast reading the cards about The Simpsons, The A-Team, Masters of the Universe, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Topps did a great job showcasing their 75 years of products.

Staff Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Card Design: 4.5/5.0

The base card design varies for each of the 100 cards in the set. Since each card represents a different set from Topps’ product history, no two cards share the same design, color, symmetry, or image. Similar to Topps Heritage, the card surface is rough to emphasize the old school retro nostalgic aspect of the set.

Every pack has a parallel card. The Diamond Anniversary parallels look the nicest with the added sparkle. Besides autographs and parallels, there are only two inserts: Mini Cards and Test Issue. The Test Issue insert is a cool concept, showcasing products that were produced but never released to the general public in large quantities. I really like how this was included as most companies would probably destroy the printing plates and hide the unreleased sets in a vault. Plus, it was fun to read about a set called Superman in the Jungle.

Topps also included at least one Buyback card per box. It is a card from the original product release but with a gold Topps 75th anniversary logo on there.

The base autographs are stickers and have too much empty white space. Basically, there is a mini card on the top half of the card with the sticker signature on the bottom. I understand the consistency of having the autograph set all look similar, but too much empty space on a card is not very appealing.

Checklist: 3.5/5.0

The base set has 100 cards. Each card represents a different set that Topps released in their company history. There are many cartoons, television shows, movies, and historical events that are included.
The Mini cards and Test Issue inserts only have eight cards each, making it a very easy to complete the whole set.

The base autograph checklist lacks big-name signers, but is also very easy to complete with only 22 cards. Signers include Roger Moore, Dawn Wells, Karen Allen, and Corey Feldman. It's not the greatest lineup of signatures to promote a product, but some nice ones to have in a collection. The Cut Signatures are extremely rare but include Bob Hope, Farrah Fawcett, and Charlton Heston. Sylvester Stallone is also included in a signed Buyback.

Value: 4.0/5.0

2013 Topps 75th Anniversary is an affordable mid-range product that gives you three autographs. You should also get a complete base set too. The true value of these cards will not be seen on the secondary market. It's the nostalgic trip that makes you remember all the things you watched as a child. It is a price that cannot be measured. This product can also make for a great educational tool for older collectors to teach their kids and grandkids about pop culture history.

The Fun Factor: 5.0/5.0

Overall, this was a very fun box to break. I had a blast reading the card backs to many of my favorite cartoons and television shows I watched as a child. The base set covers a lot of products that Topps produced in their first 75 years. This product is very similar to 2011 Topps American Pie, which is another fantastic product. It would be great if Topps released similar products every year.

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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY “ISOLATION BOOTH” DIAMOND SPARKLE CARD
$10.99
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND” DIA SPARKLE #71
$21.50
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Topps 75th Anniversary Ernie Hudson Diamond Sparkle Parallel Auto 69 75!
$99.99
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Topps 75th Anniversary #28 Astronauts Diamond Sparkle Parallel 20 75!
$9.99
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Topps 75th Anniversary #67 Welcome Back Kotter Diamond Sparkle Parallel 22 75!
$9.99
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Topps 75th Anniversary #8 Flags of the World Diamond Sparkle Parallel 74 75!
$9.99
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Topps 75th Anniversary #78 Weird Wheels Diamond Sparkle Parallel 28 75!
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TOPPS ANNIVERSAY 75TH INSERT CARD DIAMOND SPARKLE X 75 NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
$16.95
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Masters of the Universe, Topps 75th, Sparkle, 69 75
$20.00
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2013 Topps 75th Anniversary 1966 "The Rat Patrol Diamond Sparkle Card 26 75
$30.00
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2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Diamond Sparkle! Fabian #20 Rare! 36 75
$14.24
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2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Diamond Sparkle! Crazy Card #23 Rare! 32 75
$18.99
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2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Diamond Sparkle Auto Autograph! Anson Williams 35 75
$18.99
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Ernie Hudson Ghostbusters Diamond Sparkle Autograph 58 75 RARE! Topps 75th
$125.00
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY “TERMINATOR 2” DIAMOND SPARKLE CARD #97
$16.99
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2013 TOPPS 75TH ANNIVERSARY “UGLY STICKERS” DIAMOND SPARKLE CARD #33
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 Image 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Trading Cards, reviewed by Ryan Cracknell on 2014-02-17T07:21:33+00:00 rating 4.3 out of 5

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

User Comments

  1. Interesting idea for a set. Looking forward to busting this if price point is low.

  2. LOL and how many redemptions in this product?? Let me guess… 50% of the cards will be redemptions and then I’ll get one of your new sticker-dump replacements! COOOOOLLLL!!!!!!

  3. Andre » Entertainment products rarely have redemptions. The last set to have any that I can recall is 2011 American Pie. Hopefully none here either.

  4. This looks like it will be fun. Historical sets are always a good time.

  5. Interesting. Have they released an auto checklist yet?

  6. Being a exclusive football card collector first and foremost, I must admit that I am absolutely intrigued by your description of this set. Having been born in 1966, I had the privilege of growing up watching all the shows mentioned, and purchasing some of the products that were available like “Garbage Pail Kids”. I’m guilty in that I purchased the aforementioned product just for the gum. I did casually look at the cards and then toss them out or stick the cards in my bike spokes! With the three auto hits, I would love to get any and or all of the mentioned past stars. My all time favorite chase autograph would have to be Richard Kiel whom portrayed “Jaws” in two James Bond movies! Most importantly is the addition of a “Buy Back”! I have heard of these specialty cards, but have never seen nor pulled one. The addition of a “Buy Back” as a gauranteed hit is worth the cost of a hobby box. Ryan, you can count on me in a purchase of a hobby box as well as leaving a glowing five star review of the debut “2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Trading Cards”! God willing, I would love to give my reveiew of “Topps 100th Anniversary Trading Cards”! We can both look back and reminisce on the 75th trading cards.

  7. If I may add, that’s what makes this hobby so fun and exciting. To be able to share your passion in trading card collecting and to be able to look back in time (Just like in H.G. Wells “The Time Machine”) and remember what, how, when, and where you were on that day when you pulled a specific card!

  8. Jim McCartney » There’s a list of confirmed signers so far that can be seen by clicking on the tab at the top.

  9. Be careful before saying entertainment products rarely have redemptions lol. Last year’s American Pie had redemption for Jimi Hendrix guitar pick…memorabilia and on the sell sheet. Guy got one of their sticker dump autos of DWIGHT GOODEN as his equal value replacement

  10. There is a redemption card on eBay for a Russell Johnson autograph.

  11. Corey Feldman (the best card imho) is a redemption

  12. HI ANYONE KNOW OF A CARD #105 OF NATHAN HALE COMING OUT OF THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY BOXES?

  13. Bought one pack and got van williams redemption and star trek diamond #/75

  14. Hello, does anyone know what is the meaning of 400 total for the printing plates? This cannot be per card right, just 400 available maybe meaning not every card will have one….Wasn’t sure what this meant.

    Thanks, Eric

  15. Eric » Each of the 100 base cards has four different Printing Plates – one for each color of the printing process.

  16. Help!
    What exactly is a BuyBack card? And what can I do with one?
    I have tried to imagine what this means, but each possibilty is quickly dismissed as pointless!

  17. Cord » A buyback is an “old” card that has been put back into packs. For this set, Topps added a foil stamp. They do this with lots of sets. Other companies take old cards and have them autographed (like the Stallone cards here).

  18. 75th anniversary? Wasn’t their 60th anniversary like two years ago? 2011 was a good year for cards, but man, do they know how to run a good thing into the ground or what!?

    “hey, 60th anniversary was a hit… what’s next?”
    “75th anniversary! Tomorrow!”

  19. I wish Topps included more cards from their ’70s sets like Black Hole, Buck Rogers, Mork & Mindy, Three’s Company, etc. They also could’ve included Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and held back some of their over-produced sets of the late-’80s and early ’90s. Funny to see how many “missed opportunities” Topps had with some sets like Jaws 2, Ghostbusters II, Back to the Future II and Robocop II; missed the hit but backed the bomb!

  20. Why does everyone insist on calling the cards “rainbow” cards, when they are actually called refractors?

  21. Pete T » It’s the name Topps gave them.

  22. Real shame, IMO, that there’s a foil in every pack. Dilutes the joy of getting one. Couple years ago when Topps had their American Pie series, the “foils” were inserted at a rate of @ 1 per 4 packs…. so in a regular box you’d get about 6 of ‘em as opposed to this 75th Annie with 24 per box. Plus, the American Pie base set was 200 cards total which made putting together a set of the Foil parallels a moderate challenge. But I like the diamond sparkle parallel cards in this product… they rook mah-vel-us ;-)

  23. Okay, so the #68 from Back to the Future II in my box is a buy-back card. Now what?

  24. I bought a box of these today… at first I thought it was mislabeled, because it states four hits and I only pulled three autos… upon further reading I saw that the buyback card is the fourth hit. So I then searched through all the cards for a gold stamp 75 and did not find one. I then looked at the copyright of each card… finally, I found it. A 1991 Desert Storm card of THE MARINES LAND… however, it has no stamp on it. Weird.

  25. also, the card is number 151, the set only goes up to 100 and I can’t find the card on EBay, even with a stamp. Is this a great find or some common card?

  26. Al Hathaway » Sounds like the Desert Storm is a buyback. There were 3 series that Topps did in 1991 http://www.cardboardconnection.com/1991-topps-desert-storm-trading-cards

  27. Thanks. But there is no way for me to prove that it came from a pack of 75th Anniversary and not a pack of 1991 Desert Storm cards because there is no stamp.

  28. I can’t seem to find my Buyback card, either. I do have a chrome Star Wars #25…has anyone else seen this one?

  29. Nevermind-I see that the card has a GOLD stamp on it, rather than the silver stamp, making it my buyback card (from ’96).

  30. Your best trick for looking for the buyback cards is to look at the copyright date on the back of the cards.

  31. I hace half album drom supermen 1966 year ,and puzels Form supermen if somebody look for call me 0032 487 77 54 32 belgim

  32. Just opened a box–Lost in space autos(2)–Mary-ann,Dawn Wells from Gilligans Island–And quite possible a great Buyback Luke Skywalker from Return Jedi–Also got Battlestar Gallactica buyback–so 2 in box–buybacks marked with gold stamp instead of silver.Also got 2 Test cards in box—all in all nice Bust–But I did get box cheap at show so that helps!!

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