When is a one-of-one actually a two-of-one? When it’s one of the 95 2023 Bowman Chrome Baseball Superfractors that mistakenly had two copies included in packs instead of the planned one. Topps has acknowledged the production mistake and created a buyback program to help make them one-of-ones again.
The impacted cards are unsigned Prospects from the 2023 Bowman Chrome Baseball checklist.
Shortly after the product’s release on September 13, the first of the doubled-up Superfractors surfaced. Then another. Then a third and fourth.
So it seems @Topps has some explaining to do!
— Brett Kleinman (@BDKleinman) September 18, 2023
Topps responded late on Friday, September 29 not only acknowledging the issue but with their plan to address it. And the mistake could potentially cost them more than half a million dollars to fix.
Our collectors are our highest priority and we wanted to make you aware of an issue surrounding 2023 Bowman Chrome. pic.twitter.com/h4rPSrZkZG
— Topps (@Topps) September 30, 2023
The card maker is offering to buy back one of each impacted Superfractor. Prices vary depending on the player, ranging from $3,000 up to $75,000 for Ethan Salas.
Topps has set up a website showing which Superfractors they still have offers out on as well as individual offer prices. It also acts as a list show the cards affected by the mistake. The total for all the remaining cards combined at the time of the site’s launch topped $550,000.
As Superfractors are pulled and buy backs claimed, they’ll be noted on the site.
By buying back one copy and taking it out of circulation, this will leave just one Superfractor on the open market.
The deadline for claiming Topps’ offer on the 2023 Bowman Chrome Baseball Superfractors is March 31, 2024. Full details on how to make a claim are available on the program’s website.