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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Topps to Celebrate Mickey Mantle Day (7/7/07)

Auto Date Thursday, June 21st, 2007

MickeyMantleDayCard Topps will celebrate Mickey Mantle Day on 7/7/07 during this year’s MLB All-Star FanFest (July 6-10th in San Francisco).  They will have a wrapper redemption program where fans and collectors can receive one of seven cards.  These cards are:

  1. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
  2. Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants
  3. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
  4. David Wright, New York Mets
  5. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
  6. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox
  7. Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees (only on 7/7/07)

There will also be two relic cards: Barry Bonds Uniform Relic (#’d to 250) and Mickey Mantle Bat Relic Card (#’d to 77).  Topps will announce how these cards can be obtained during FanFest.

Topps will also have available a 2007 Topps Baseball Complete Set with special All-Star packaging.  The set contains five exclusive All-Star cards.  Collectors will also receive a 5-card Home Run Derby Champions set with the purchase of the complete set.  This set includes:

  1. Ryan Howard (2006)
  2. Bobby Abreu (2005)
  3. Miguel Tejada (2004)
  4. Garret Anderson (2003)
  5. Jason Giambi (2002)

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Derek Jeter, Mickey Mantle, George Bush?

Auto Date Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Topps has made quite a stir with the release of 2007 Topps Baseball.

The Derek Jeter base card shows Yankee Great Mickey Mantle and current President George Bush in the background.

Topps Spokesman Clay Luraschi admits that it was done on purpose by the Topps creative department.

The card had been selling for a couple of dollars last week but after appearing in numerous print, online and television publications, the cards sold for upwards of $300 on eBay.   Like always happens with cards that get national attention, the fury is wearing off and the card is now selling below $50.

2007 Topps Baseball Derek Jeter card with Mickey Mantle and George Bush

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eTopps offers Mickey Mantle set

Auto Date Monday, November 20th, 2006

Starting today (November 20th), Topps is offering an 18-card Mickey Mantle set. It will feature all of Mantle’s base cards from 1952 through 1955.

Each card in the set is individually encased and packaged in a specially designed box. They are sequentially numbered to 999. Each set will come with a letter of appreciation signed by both of Mickey Mantle’s sons. The complete set sells for $198 and each card will be individually placed in they buyer’s eTopps portfolio. The cards can then be traded individually.

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