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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

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Sala Baker as Morannon Orc

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

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Sean Bean as Boromir

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

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Cate Blanchett as Galadriel

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR
  • 2002 Topps LotR TT

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Orlando Bloom as Legolas

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

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Billy Boyd as Pippin

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

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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

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Sir Ian Holm as Bilbo

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

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Bruce Hopkins as Gamling

  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

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Peter Jackson - Director

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

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Christopher Lee as Saruman

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

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Lawrence Makoare as The Witch-King

  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK

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Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR

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Bret McKenzie as Figwit

  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

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Dominic Monaghan as Merry

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

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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

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John Noble as Denethor

  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK
  • 2004 Topps LotR Trilogy Chrome

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Mark Ordesky - Executive Producer

  • 2004 Topps Lotr RotK Collector's Update

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Miranda Otto as Éowyn

  • 2002 Topps LotR TT

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Craig Parker as Haldir

  • 2002 Topps LotR TT - Case Topper

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John Rhys-Davies as Gimli

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR

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Andy Serkis as Gollum

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

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Richard Taylor - Weta

  • 2003 Topps LotR RotK

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Liv Tyler as Arwen

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

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Karl Urban as Éomer

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

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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

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David Wenham as Faramir

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

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Elijah Wood as Frodo

  • 2001 Topps LotR FotR
  • 2002 Topps LotR TT

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His 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.

User Comments

Stephen C
Stephen C

I’ve seen an emergence of black/dark ink variations of multiple cards on eBay over the last year or so (since I’ve gotten back into trying to complete the autograph set). Do you know if they are considered a SP or just random change of pen? Or (perish the thought) forgeries of some kind? Have ended up with two thus far but still aiming for the traditional blue ink versions.

Mark
Mark

Just opened a new box of LotR RotK hobby box (36 packs) and didn’t get an autograph card in the packs :( Is this possible?

MsKitty
MsKitty

Thanks so much for this! Really helpful :)

Emily
Emily

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.

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

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.

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