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Topps MVP Buyback Program Returns With 2023 Topps Chrome, Get Store Credit For Ronald Acuna And Shohei Ohtani Cards [Updated]

2023 mvp buyback program Ronald Acuna and Shohei Ohtani

UPDATE: On November 16, 2023 we learned who are 2023 MVP Award Winners were. As expected, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels and Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves were both unanimously selected as MVPs of their respective leagues. If you’re holding 2023 Topps Chrome cards of either player, you now have an opportunity to get store credit at your favorite local card shop.

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The Topps MVP Buyback program that debuted in 2022 is back for 2023. While some fans don’t love the buyback, the program was generally positively received and it’s not shocking to see it carrying forth into 2023.

The program, born of poor quality control in 2022 Topps Chrome, was a silver lining in that release. Now it gets to shine even brighter with 2023 Topps Chrome (hopefully, without the drama).

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But what is the 2023 Topps MVP Buyback program? What are the program details? And who the 2023 MVPs are that collectors can exchange for the buyback program? All these details and more can be found below. Read on!

Background of the MVP Buyback Program

The 2022 Topps Chrome release was highly anticipated, as the release typically is. Issues with quality control, combined with the fact that the desirable short-printed rookie card simply wasn’t included in packs added significant controversy to the release.

Topps issued an apology and then started to distribute Silver Packs, some of which included the missing SP rookie cards, among other hits.

Looking to help stem the bad PR, Topps introduced the 2022 Topps MVP Buyback Program. The idea was simple….to help drive sales of 2022 Topps Chrome, which were lagging badly, by offering another “hit” for collectors to chase.

Of course, the 2022 Topps Chrome Update came months later, and unfortunately, the bad news continued

Fortunately, with the 2023 Topps Chrome release, there was much less drama, which has allowed collectors to focus on the great cards in the product and avoid the controversy.

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What is the MVP Buyback?

At a high level, collectors are able to trade in Topps Chrome cards of the AL & NL MVPs to local card shops or select online retailers for store credit at significantly higher price points than the cards would otherwise sell at. This allowed collectors to get more value out of the product, and for dealers to increase traffic into their stores (be they virtual or brick-and-mortar).

Unredeemed cards of the MVPs also have their population decline, and in theory, at least should be a bit harder to find and hold more value. Time will tell if that comes to pass or not.

Most collectors seemed to enjoy the program, although the few I have seen who are not tend to dislike the fact that base cards of MVP winners are removed from the wild.

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2022 Topps MVP buyback winners

The 2022 American and National League MVPs were Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals. Judge had a record-setting year that excited fans and collectors alike. Don’t sleep on Goldschmidt, though, as he’s fast cementing his Hall of Fame case.

2022 MVPs Aaron Judge and Paul Goldschmidt

According to Topps, a small number of the cards that were part of the buyback program were stamped and will be inserted into packs of 2023 Topps Chrome. Even more exciting, some of these cards will contain autographs.

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2023 Topps MVP buyback details

The 2023 Topps MVP Buyback program applies only to 2023 Topps Chrome products. Other Topps products, including other Chrome brands like Cosmic Chrome are not eligible.

The program begins in November of 2023, shortly after the announcement of Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna winning MVP awards. If last year’s program is any indication, the program should run through the following March.

Once the program kicks off, collectors will be able to exchange 2023 Topps Chrome cards of Ronald Acuna Jr. and Shohei Ohtani for store credit at their local participating card shop or select online retailers.

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2023 Topps Chrome MVP redemption values

Whether you pull a base card of Shohei Ohtani or Ronald Acuna or a rarer parallel, the store credit offered in the 2023 Topps MVP Buyback program is likely to dwarf the retail value of the card in question.

This is especially true of base cards and easier-to-find parallels. Some autographed or low-population parallels may be worth keeping, although that depends on who the winners are and what the market looks like this fall.

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Card TypeRedemption Value
Base Card$20
Refractor$40
Serial Number > 100$100
Serial Number < 100$200

$20 in store credit for a base card, even of an MVP, is a pretty great deal. The numbers go up from there, with up to $200 in trade-in value offering a very impressive ROI for collectors.

Who was in the running for the 2023 AL and NL MVP Awards?

Who were the favorites to win the 2023 AL and MVP award? This article was originally written prior to the 2023 All Star Game, so there’s a LOT of baseball left to be played, but we can make some educated guesses.

Based on info from betting sites and the list of current WAR leaders for 2023, a few candidates emerge.

In the American League, Shohei Ohtani is the favorite. If he stays healthy, the award may be his to lose at this point. Wander Franco will also be in the discussion. Judge, if he can get and stay healthy, is always a threat. A couple of longer shots who aren’t household names are Luis Robert Jr. and Bo Bichette. With the low demand for their cards, the redemption prices make these cards worth hanging onto….just in case.

In the National League, Ronald Acuña Jr. is the current front-runner, although by not as large a margin as Ohtani. Other contenders include Fernando Tatis Jr. and rookie Corbin Carroll. Keep an eye on Luis Arraez as he chases a .400 batting average, as well.

If you pull 2023 Topps Chrome cards of these or any other MVP candidates, it may be worthwhile to hold onto them until the MVP is announced. A low-value card could suddenly become worth $20 or more as a reward for your patience.

As it turns out, Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna Jr. did win the MVP awards with winners announced on November 16th.

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Final thoughts on the return of the Topps MVP Buyback for 2023

The return of the Topps MVP Buyback program for 2023 is good news for collectors and hobby store owners. It adds a new wrinkle to the standard pack and box breaking, and a chance for another “hit” months after the product is opened. Be on the lookout for Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna Jr. as these cards just went up in value!

Are you excited for the 2023 Topps MVP Buyback Program? Love it? Hate it? Let us know at card_lines on Twitter.

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2023 Topps MVP Buyback frequently asked questions (FAQ)

The 2023 Topps MVP Buyback Program will start shortly after the announcement of the MLB MVP Award winners in November. The program should run through March of 2024.

No, the promotion is specific to 2023 Topps Chrome and the AL and NL MVP Award winners.

No, the Buyback Program offers store credit at participating card shops and select online retailers. No cash rewards are included in the program.

Dealers who are interested in taking part can fill out the Hobby Shop Participation Form. Note that just filling out the form does not enroll you in the program. You need to hear back from Topps with acceptance. If you are interested, it’s a good idea to fill out the form as soon as possible to avoid delays.

Topps has no official limit on redemptions per person, although individual dealers may institute their own limits.

No, while ripped or altered cards will not be accepted, cards that intact but not in purely mint condition will be accepted.

No, no purchase is necessary.

From Topps website:

“NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VALID ONLY IN THE 50 UNITED STATES AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, VOID IN PUERTO RICO, WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW, AND OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. MANY WILL ENTER, FEW WILL WIN. For a chance to obtain a redeemable card, while supplies last, hand print your name and complete address on a 3 x 5 card and mail in a #10 envelope to: 2023 Topps MVP Buyback Offer, P.O. BOX 852168, MESQUITE, TX 75185. Only one card per envelope, mailed separately, postmarked by February 1, 2024, and received by February 10, 2024. No metered mail. Limit 1 request per household for 2023 Topps MVP Buyback Offer. Approximate odds of receiving a redeemable card: 1:75. Failure to comply with the foregoing will result in disqualification of all entries received from a single household, in Topps’ sole discretion. Drawings on or about March 1, 2024. Potential Canadian winners will be required to first correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question. Include on your 3 x 5 card the answer to the following skill-test question: 42 X 2 + 3 – 19 = ? Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association and their affiliates are not responsible for this promotion.”

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Mike D.

Mike D

Mike D. has collected cards for over 35 years, since he bought his first pack of Topps at the corner store in 1987. His fandom,  collecting interests, and contributions to Cardlines center around baseball in general and the Baseball Hall of Fame specifically.

Mike's collecting focus is centered on graded cards, mostly rookie cards, of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Lately, he's been enjoying dabbling in graded minor league cards. A collector/investor with a "buy and hold" approach, Mike takes the long-term view with his collection.
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