NFL Players Announces Plans for Rookie Premiere

Auto Date Thursday, May 15th, 2008

NFL-Players-Association The top players from the 2008 NFL rookie class will be in Los Angeles starting May 15 for the annual Reebok NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere presented by EA Sports.

This event allows the three licensed trading card companies, Upper Deck, Donruss Playoff and Topps to photograph rookies and collect autographs for future card releases.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

May 15: Autograph Session at Beverly Hills Baseball Card Shop with DeSean Jackson and Kevin O’Connell

May 16: Youth Football Clinics and EA Sports Rookie Madden Bowl

May 17: Upper Deck and Donruss photo shoots

May 18: Topps photo shoots

The rookies scheduled to attend are:

Donnie Avery – St. Louis, WR
Earl Bennett – Chicago, WR
John David Booty – Minnesota, QB
Brian Brohm – Green Bay, QB
Andre Caldwell – Cincinnati, WR
Jamaal Charles – Kansas City, RB
Glenn Dorsey – Kansas City, DT
Early Doucet III – Arizona, WR
Harry Douglas – Atlanta, WR
Joe Flacco – Baltimore, QB
Matt Forté – Chicago, RB
James Hardy – Buffalo, WR
Chad Henne – Miami, QB
DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia, WR
Dexter Jackson – Tampa Bay, WR
Chris Johnson – Tennessee, RB
Felix Jones – Dallas, RB
Dustin Keller – New York Jets, TE
Malcolm Kelly – Washington, WR
Jake Long – Miami, T
Mario Manningham – New York Giants, WR
Darren McFadden – Oakland, RB
Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh, RB
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay, WR
Kevin O’Connell – New England, QB
Ray Rice – Baltimore, RB
Eddie Royal – Denver, WR
Matt Ryan – Atlanta, QB
Jerome Simpson – Cincinnati, WR
Steve Slaton – Houston, RB
Kevin Smith – Detroit, RB
Jonathan Stewart – Carolina, RB
Limas Sweed – Pittsburgh, WR
Devin Thomas – Washington, WR

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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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Upper Deck Withdraws Offer For Topps

Auto Date Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

On Tuesday, Upper Deck announced that they were withdrawing their offer for The Topps Co.

Upper Deck, which had offered $10.75 per share ($425 million), said in a letter that Topps put up roadblocks to the deal as apart of a “deliberate effort” to discredit Upper Deck publicly and within Topps, defeat its offer and justify management support of a $385 million offer from private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC and Tornante Co, an investment group led by former Walt Disney chief Michael Eisner.

Collectors everywhere are rejoicing!!!

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Mother Theresa Card Sells for over $10,000

Auto Date Friday, August 17th, 2007

A 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Cut Autograph card of Mother Theresa has sold for $10,099.99 via eBay.

The 1/1 card received over 105,000 views and 45 bids. The cut signature also has an inscription that says “God Bless You”.

The card has been authenticated by Beckett Grading Services.

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Topps Unveils Final 2 Finest Redemptions

Auto Date Friday, August 17th, 2007

Topps announced the final 2 redemptions from 2007 Topps Finest Baseball. Card #9 is Philip Hughes of the New York Yankees and Card #10 in an autographed Joba Chamberlain also from the New York Yankees.

Here is a list of all ten redemptions:

1) Hideki Okajima, Boston Red Sox
2) Elijah Dukes, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3) Akinori Iwamura, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
4) Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
5) Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox
6) Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
7) Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima, Boston Red Sox
8) Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks
9) Philip Hughes, New York Yankees
10) Joba Chamberlain, New York Yankees (Autograph)

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Topps President: Vote Against Upper Deck

Auto Date Friday, August 17th, 2007

toppslogo Topps company president Arthur Shorin has issued a letter to shareholders laying out the facts and asking them to vote for the Michael Eisner led Tornante Holdings acquisition for $9.75.

Upper Deck has also been trying to acquire Topps and has offered $10.75 per share but according to the letter: “…in spite of the Board’s best efforts, we have not reached a consensual transaction with Upper Deck to date and the Tornante – MDP transaction for $9.75 per share in cash is the only binding offer received.”

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Topps Reveals Finest Redemption #8

Auto Date Friday, August 10th, 2007

Topps announced that rookie redemption card #8 of 10 from 2007 Topps Finest Baseball is Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamond Backs.

So far the seven announced redemptions are:

1) Hideki Okajima, Boston Red Sox
2) Elijah Dukes, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3) Akinori Iwamura, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
4) Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
5) Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox
6) Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
7) Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima, Boston Red Sox
8) Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Topps Announces Allen & Ginter Short Prints

Auto Date Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Topps has announced the list of short printed autograph and relic cards from the newly released 2007 Allen & Ginter Baseball.

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Albert Pujols 25
Johan Santana 100
Brian Cashman 100
Miguel Cabrera 100
Ryan Howard 100
Joe Frazier 120
Augie Garrido 200
Cael Sanderson 200
Bob Baffert 200
Chien-Ming Wang 200
Dan O’Brien 200
Dennis Rodman 200
Freddy Adu 200
Gary Hall Jr. 200
Greg Louganis 200
Jamie Fischer 200
Jason McElwain 200
Joe B. Scott 200
John “Mule” Miles 200
Julio Juarez 200
Ken Jennings 200
Kerri Walsh 200
Laila Ali 200
Mario Andretti 200
Mark Selby 200
Mark Zupan 200
Mia Hamm 200
Mike Aponte 200
Misty May-Treanor 200
Stanley “Doc” Glenn 200
Ted Toles 200
Tommie Smith 200
David Wright 200
Alex Rodriguez 225

There are also 10 copies of each autograph that were signed in red ink by the subjects.

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Arthur Shorin 50
Keith Olbermann 100
Alex Rodriguez 250
Barry Bonds 250
Brian Cashman 250
Bruce Lee 250
Dan O’Brien 250
David Ortiz 250
Gary Hall Jr. 250
Jamie Fischer 250
Joe Frazier 250
Julio Juarez 250
Ken Jennings 250
Kerri Walsh 250
Laila Ali 250
Mia Hamm 250
Mickey Mantle 250
Tommie Smith 250

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Topps Releases "Cards That Never Were"

Auto Date Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Topps has released a series of cards that depicts players in Topps sets that were never issued in that particular year.

Some of these include:

  • 1952 Topps Joe Dimaggio
  • 1954 Topps Stan Musial
  • 1952 Topps Whitey Ford
  • 1967 Topps Nolan Ryan
  • 1982 Topps Ryne Sandberg

The cards are available exclusively through etopps.com.

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Topps Reveals Finest Redemption #7

Auto Date Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Topps announced that rookie redemption card #7 of 10 from 2007 Topps Finest Baseball is a dual card of Boston Red Sox phenoms Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima.  Matsuzaka was also redemption #5 and Okajima was redemption #1.

So far the seven announced redemptions are:

1) Hideki Okajima, Boston Red Sox
2) Elijah Dukes, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3) Akinori Iwamura, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
4) Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
5) Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox
6) Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
7) Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima, Boston Red Sox.

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Topps Offers Private Reception with Greg Oden

Auto Date Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

If you are willing to pay $1,000 then you will be able to attend a private reception with NBA 1st Pick Greg Oden.

Topps is offering 100 invitations for sale for a private reception with Greg Oden during the National Collector’s Convention in Cleveland.

Attendees will receive Hors d’oeuvres and drinks, a professional picture taken with Greg Oden and a special Allen & Ginter card that will only be available at this reception.

Topps sure seems to be getting their money’s worth out of Oden.

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Topps Reveals Finest Redemption #6

Auto Date Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Topps announced that rookie redemption card #6 of 10 from 2007 Topps Finest Baseball is Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers.

So far the six announced redemptions are:

1) Hideki Okajima, Boston Red Sox
2) Elijah Dukes, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3) Akinori Iwamura, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
4) Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
5) Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox
6) Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

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