Topps Secures Exclusive Rights to 16 Legends

Auto Date Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

topps-exclusive-rights Topps has teamed up with CMG Worldwide and signed an exclusive agreement for the rights to produce trading cards of 16 major league baseball legends.  The deal, which lasts through 2010, gives Topps exclusivity in trading cards, including game-used and insert cards.

The 16 former players include Jackie Robinson, Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Thurman Munson, Roy Campanella, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Cy Young, Mel Ott, Johnny Mize, Jimmie Foxx, Honus Wagner, Pee Wee Reese, George Sisler and Christy Mathewson.

The first cards will be featured in the upcoming Topps Triple Threads baseball product and will include triple game-used memorabilia cards including the combination of Honus Wagner, Lou Gehrig and Ty Cobb.

Topps also holds exclusive card rights to Mickey Mantle and game-used and autographed cards of current stars David Wright and Ryan Howard.

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Honus Wagner T-206 Sells For $2.35 Million

Auto Date Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

A 1909 Honus Wanger T-206 card, the “Holy Grail” of the hobby, sold on Tuesday for a record $2.35 million.

It is one of about 50 known Honus Wagner cards and is said to be the one in the best condition.

The card was sold by Brian Siegel who acquired the card in mid-2000 from collector Michael Gidwitz for $1,265,000.  Since the purchase, he has kept the card in a vault at PSA (Professional Sports Authentication).  It has been shown around the country.

This card was owned in the past by hockey great Wayne Gretzky and former L.A. Kings owner Bruce McNall.  It was later owned by Wal-Mart which gave it away in a promotional drawing in the mid-1990’s.  The winner could not afford to pay the taxes on it and sold it at auction for $640,000.

[tags]Honus Wagner, T-206[/tags]

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