Precious! Ultimate Guide to Lord of the Rings Autographs

Precious! Ultimate Guide to Lord of the Rings Autographs

When Peter Jackson translated the classic story, The Lord of the Rings to film, he created an epic that will likely last the test of time and become a classic in its own right. Many would argue the films already are classics. Between 2001 and 2004, Topps produced several sets of Lord of the Rings trading cards. These sets have made Lord of the Rings autographs attainable for all collectors.

Of the ten total sets Topps made for the franchise, six came with actor and crew autographs. Individually, many of these sets had stellar lineups of key actors and characters. Put together, the checklist is one of the most impressive ever produced.

Among those with at least one certified Lord of the Rings autographed trading card are Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Lee, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving. And that's just a start.

Adding to the appeal is the look of the cards. All Topps Lord of the Rings autographs come on-card. Most stick with a consistent design appropriate for the films with the center of the ring acting as the signing space. The only autographs that deviate from this are those found in 2004 Lord of the Rings Trilogy Chrome.

We have broken down the checklists for all of the Topps Lord of the Rings trading card sets and compiled this comprehensive autograph guide. Organized by actor, it includes all of the different cards they signed.

You can shop for cards by clicking on the actors name. Depending on rarity and set, prices for individual actors can have quite a range. However, most remain extremely affordable. That said, the supply has long since dried up making some cards tough to come by today.

 Lord of the Rings Autograph Guide

Autograph cards come from the following sets:

  • 2001 Topps Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (FotR)
  • 2002 Topps Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (TT)
  • 2003 Topps Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Collector's Update
  • 2003 Topps Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (RotK)
  • 2004 Topps Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Collector's Update
  • 2004 Topps Lord of the Rings Trilogy Chrome

Noel Appleby as Everard Proudfoot

  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

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Sean Astin as Sam

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR
  • 2002 Topps LotR TT
  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK

Sean Astin as Sam 260x182 Image

Sala Baker as Morannon Orc

  • 2004 Topps LotR RotK Collector's Update
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome - as Sauron

Sala Baker as Morannon Orc 260x181 Image

Sean Bean as Boromir

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR - UK packs
  • 2003 Topps LotR TT Collector's Update

Sean Bean as Boromir 260x183 Image

Cate Blanchett as Galadriel

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR
  • 2002 Topps LotR TT

Cate Blanchett as Galadriel 260x190 Image

Orlando Bloom as Legolas

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR - Retail
  • 2002 Topps LotR TT

Orlando Bloom as Legolas 260x179 Image

Billy Boyd as Pippin

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR
  • 2002 Topps LotR TT
  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

Billy Boyd as Pippin1 260x175 Image

Bernard Hill as Théoden

  • 2002 Topps LotR TT
  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK - Black Ink
  • 2003 Topps Lotr RotK - Blue Ink
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

Bernard Hill as Theoden 260x177 Image

Sir Ian Holm as Bilbo

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR
  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

Sir Ian Holm as Bilbo 260x181 Image

Bruce Hopkins as Gamling

  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

2004 Topps Lord of the Rings Trilogy Chrome Autographs Bruce Hopkins 214x300 Image

Peter Jackson - Director

  • 2002 Topps LotR TT
  • 2004 Topps LotR RotK Collector's Update

Peter Jackson Director1 260x183 Image

Christopher Lee as Saruman

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR - Retail
  • 2002 Topps LotR TT
  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK

Christopher Lee as Saruman 260x186 Image

Lawrence Makoare as The Witch-King

  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK

Lawrence Makoare as The Witch King 260x182 Image

Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR

Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf 260x181 Image

Bret McKenzie as Figwit

  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

Bret McKenzie as Figwit1 260x178 Image

Dominic Monaghan as Merry

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR - Retail
  • 2002 Topps LotR TT

Dominic Monaghan as Merry 260x183 Image

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR
  • 2003 Topps LotR TT Collector's Update
  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome - as King Elessar

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn 260x183 Image

John Noble as Denethor

  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

John Noble as Denethor2 260x176 Image

Mark Ordesky - Executive Producer

  • 2004 Topps Lotr RotK Collector's Update

Mark Ordesky Executive Producer 260x183 Image

Miranda Otto as Éowyn

  • 2002 Topps LotR TT

Miranda Otto as Eowyn 260x186 Image

Craig Parker as Haldir

  • 2002 Topps LotR TT - Case Topper

Craig Parker as Haldir 260x184 Image

John Rhys-Davies as Gimli

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR

John Rhys Davies as Gimli 260x182 Image

Andy Serkis as Gollum

  • 2003 Topps LotR TT Collector's Update
  • 2003 Topps Lotr RotK

Andy Serkis as Gollum 260x189 Image

Richard Taylor - Weta

  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK

Richard Taylor WETA 260x185 Image

Liv Tyler as Arwen

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR
  • 2002 Topps LotR TT
  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

2001 Topps Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring Liv Tyler Autograph1 260x186 Image

Karl Urban as Éomer

  • 2002 Topps LotR TT
  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

Karl Urban as Eomer2 260x177 Image

Stephen Ure as Gorbag

  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

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Hugo Weaving as Elrond

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR - Retail

2001 Topps Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring Hugo Weaving Autograph 260x181 Image

David Wenham as Faramir

  • 2002 Topps LotR TT
  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

David Wenham as Faramir1 260x185 Image

Elijah Wood as Frodo

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR
  • 2002 Topps LotR TT

Elijah Wood as Frodo 260x181 Image

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CRYPTOZOIC HOBBIT UNEXPECTED JOURNEY AUTOGRAPH A14 IAN HOLM BILBO AUTO LOTR
$34.99
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LOTR TTT Sean Astin auto card
$53.00
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LOTR THE RETURN OF THE KING AUTO AUTOGRAPH CHRISTOPHER LEE AS SARUMAN
$294.26
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LOTR THE RETURN OF THE KING AUTO AUTOGRAPH ANDY SERKIS AS GOLLUM
$154.13
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LOTR THE RETURN OF THE KING AUTO AUTOGRAPH VIGGO MORTENSEN AS ARAGORN
$154.13
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LOTR THE RETURN OF THE KING AUTO AUTOGRAPH DAVID WENHAM AS FARAMIR
$74.73
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LOTR THE RETURN OF THE KING AUTO AUTOGRAPH IAN HOLM AS BILBO
$74.73
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Stephen Ure Auto Autograph LOTR Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Gorbag Topps Chrome 04
$19.99
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LOTR THE RETURN OF THE KING AUTO AUTOGRAPH JOHN NOBLE AS DENETHOR
$74.73
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LOTR THE RETURN OF THE KING AUTO AUTOGRAPH BERNARD HILL AS THEODEN
$74.73
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LOTR THE RETURN OF THE KING AUTO AUTOGRAPH CARL URBAN AS EOMER
$74.73
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CHRISTOPHER LEE LOTR TTT SARUMAN AUTOGRAPH CARD
$149.99
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LOTR Trilogy Chrome Auto Bernard Hill Theoden
$29.88
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LOTR The Two Towers Lord Of The Rings Craig Parker HALDIR autograph auto card
$64.99
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LOTR The Return Of The King auto for Peter Jackson (Director)
$450.00
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LOTR The Two Towers Lord Of The Rings Andy Serkis GOLLUM autograph auto card
$109.99
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User Comments

  1. I’ve just recently become aware/interested in the TOPPS Lord of the Rings trading cards.

    I found this list REALLY helpful, but I was wondering if you had a complete list of all of the various packs and the cards.

  2. Emily » We don’t have them all published yet. But here’s what you can look for: each of the three films has a main set and a Collector’s Update for a total of six sets. There is also Topps Chrome Trilogy, LotR Masterpieces and LotR Masterpieces II.

  3. Thanks so much for this! Really helpful :)

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