Barry Bonds Renews with Topps

Auto Date Friday, April 13th, 2007

In 2003 Barry Bonds become the only player in history to not sign the standard Players Association licensing agreement that allows the trading card companies to use a player in their different sets.

Bonds later signed an exclusive 2-year contract to appear in Topps trading card products.  That contract expired at the end of last season and until now Bonds has been missing from all 2007 baseball trading card products.

Topps has announced that they have now signed Bonds to a new contract for 2007 and he will appear in future Topps releases such as Topps Baseball Series 2.

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Topps Reveals 2007 Finest Baseball Rookie #2

Auto Date Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Topps announced that rookie redemption card #2 of 10 from 2007 Topps Finest Baseball is Outfielder Elijah Dukes from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

So far the two announced redemptions are:

1) Hideki Okajima, Boston Red Sox
2) Elijah Dukes, Tampa Bay Devil Rays

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First Daisuke Matsuzaka Rookie Card

Auto Date Friday, April 6th, 2007

The just released Topps Moments & Milestones Baseball contains the first Major League Rookie Card of Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. 

Dice-K, as he known to fans, was signed by the Red Sox in the offseason after paying over $50 million justfor the rights to negotiate with the Seibu Lions of the Japanse professional baseball league.  After a difficult negotiation, Matsuzaka signed a six year, $52 million contract.

In his regular season debut today, Dice-K led the BoSox to a 4-1 victory by pitched 7 Innings and giving up only 1 run.  Dice-K lived up to his nickname by striking out 10.

Matsuzaka has three different cards in the Topps Moments & Milestones Baseball and each is numbered to 150.  Each card also has a black parallel (#’d to 29) and red parallel (1 of 1).

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Topps Reveals 2007 Finest Baseball Rookie #1

Auto Date Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

This years Topps Finest baseball had redemption cards for the first 10 cards of the set.  The only difference with everyday run-of-the-mill redemptions in other sets is that collectors do not know what player the card will show.  Collectors can turn in redemptions until August 15, 2007.

Topps has revealed that card #1 of the redemptions is pitcher Hideki Okajima of the Boston Red Sox.  The other 9 cards will be announced by Topps throughout the major league baseball season.

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Topps Sale Approved by Feds

Auto Date Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Federal antiturst regulators approved the sale of Topps to the private equity firms Madison Dearborn partners and the Tornante Company.  The Tornante Company is led by former Disney executive Michael Eisner.

The transaction still requires shareholder approval and several of the large shareholders announced they were opposed to the deal when it was announced.  The price that was reported was $385.4 million.



Topps Issues McDonald’s All American Cards

Auto Date Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Topps distributed cards to attendees at the 2007 McDonald’s All-American Games being held in Louisville, Kentucky.  There will be 24 cards for the boys teams and 24 cards for the girls teams.  The set includes cards of hoops stars O.J. Mayo and Eric Gordon.


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The Making of a Baseball Card

Auto Date Monday, March 19th, 2007

Topps has added a new video to their new Topps TV section.  It is a report done by Fox News reporter Brian Kilmeade.  The video is also found on YouTube.

Kilmeade visits Topps and they create a “Used Suit” card. 

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Topps Launches Online Video Channel – Topps TV

Auto Date Friday, March 16th, 2007

Topps has launched an online video section on their website titled TOPPS TV.  According to Topps, the objective of TOPPS TV is to deliver interesting, engaging and up-to-date video that will educate and excite sports fans and collectors.

Currently listed videos include:

  • Topps Case Breaks
  • Atlanta Braves Photo day featuring Topps Photographer Mikey Palmer

Keeping inline with the Web’s movement towards social, sharing sites, Topps will allow visitors to submit their own videos.

In the future, they plan to show monthly hobby reports and footage of major sporting/hobby events such as the 2007 MLB All-Star Fanfest.

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Topps sold for $385 Million

Auto Date Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

 It was announed today that Topps, which has been run by the Shorin family for nearly 60 years, is in the process of being sold to Tornante Company LLC and Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC.  Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney, is the head of Tornante.

Topps which is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange is being sold for $385.4 million.  Each Topps stockholder will receive $9.75 in cash per share of  stock they own.

Michael Eisner said, “Topps is a wonderful company with a powerful brand portfolio and a rich history. Topps’ management team and employees are the best in the business, and we look forward to working with all of them to grow the company in new and exciting ways.”

The transaction is subject to the approval of stockholders and is scheduled to be completed later in 2007.  It is not a sure thing though as Topps intends to solicit higher bids over the next month or two.


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2007 Topps Heritage Baseball Short Prints Revealed

Auto Date Monday, March 5th, 2007

Topps has released the list of variations and shortprints to Beckett.  The list is as follows:

4 Ronny Paulino
5 Derek Jeter
13 Wilfredo Ledezma
14 Bobby Abreu
22 Jason Kendall
23 Mark Kotsay
31 Beltran Perez
32 Brad Hawpe
40 Francisco Cordero
41 Anthony Reyes
49 Willy Taveras
50 Mark Buehrle
58 Nick Swisher
59 Kevin Millwood
67 Melvin Mora
68 Jason Jennings
76 Cole Hamels
77 Rafael Furcal
85 Omar Vizquel
86 Fred Lewis
94 Xavier Nady
95 Bill Hall
103 Carl Crawford
104 Mike Lamb
112 Marcus Thames
113 Brian Burres
121 Jay Payton
122 Jacque Jones
130 Manny Ramirez
131 Howie Kendrick
139 Ryan Braun
140 Johnny Damon
149 Jose Vidro
150 Alex Rodriguez
158 Cleveland Indians
159 Chris Ray
167 Brian Stokes
168 Albert Pujols
176 David Weathers
177 Jermaine Dye
185 Aaron Hill
186 Scot Shields
194 Derek Lowe
195 Russell Branyan
203 Kendry Morales
204 Rafael Soriano
212 Ty Wigginton
213 Brandon Inge
221 Josh Fields
222 Pat Neshek
230 Chase Utley
231 John Nelson
239 Doug Davis
240 Jason Giambi
248 Adam Wainwright
249 Matt Thornton
257 Aaron Cook
258 Cliff Lee
266 Andy Pettitte
267 A.J. Pierzynski
275 Jorge Posada
276 Jeff Conine
284 Doug Mientkiewicz
285 Ken Griffey Jr.
293 Ryan Garko
294 Miguel Batista
302 Angel Sanchez
303 Freddy Sanchez
311 Aaron Harang
312 Boston Red Sox
320 Kenny Lofton
321 Vladmir Guerrero/Ivan Rodriguez
329 Craig Monroe
330 Paul Lo Duca
338 Todd Walker
339 Jarrod Washburn
347 Boone Logan
348 Jimmy Rollins
356 Bernie Castro
357 Eric Stults
365 Fernando Rodney
366 Chris Duncan
374 Jose Mesa
375 Michael Young
383 Eduardo Perez
384 Scott Moore
392 Shane Youman
393 Melky Cabrera
401 Jose Reyes
402 Juan Encarnacion
410 Francisco Rodriguez
411 Ian Kinsler
419 Scott Kazmir
420 Norris Hopper
428 Cincinnati Reds
429 Ramon Hernandez
437 Vernon Wells
438 Vladimir Guerrero
446 Franklin Gutierrez
447 Mark Redman
455 Chien-Ming Wang
456 Shawn Riggans
464 Jose Garcia
465 Pedro Martinez
473 Lastings Milledge
474 Brian Sanches
482 Edgar Renteria
483 Derek Jeter
491 Ivan Rodriguez
492 Brad Penny


8 David Eckstein
23 Mark Kotsay
24 Yadier Molina
30 Ichiro
46 Joel Zumaya
53 Jose Valentin
57 Kelvim Escobar
60 Preston Wilson
61 Mariano Rivera
65 Chris Narveson
70 Magglio Ordonez
78 Ryan Theriot
87 Shawn Chacon
92 David Wright
97 Jeff Suppan
98 Ryan Zimmerman
101 Miguel Cairo



2 Roger Clemens
11 Rob Mackowiak
13 Wilfredo Ledezma
20 Robinson Cano
33 Jim Thome
35 Woody Williams
50 Mark Buehrle
52 Jason Bay
58 Nick Swisher
76 Cole Hamels
77 Rafael Furcal
79 Corey Patterson
81 Stephen Drew
85 Omar Vizquel
100 Jose Contreras
108 Hanley Ramirez

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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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MVP Signs Exclusive Deal with Topps… Bad for Collectors?

Auto Date Saturday, January 6th, 2007

 2006 National League MVP has signed an exclusive marketing deal with Topps.  It will be begin with all 2007 baseball products.

It gives Topps exclusive rights for autographed baseball cards, game-used memorabilia cards and also the use of Howard’s image in advertising and on packaging.

Topps also has an exclusive with New York Mets’ third baseman David Wright.

These exclusive deals may or may not help the card companies in regards to their marketing campaigns but in the long run I believe it negatively impacts the collector.  Is it going to reach a point where there are so many exclusive deals that collectors are going to have no choice but to buy multiple brands in order to pull AUTO or GU cards of their favorite players?

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