2018 Topps Baseball Silver Pack Promotion continues

Back by popular demand after a huge successful 2017, the Topps Company will be running the Series 1 Silver Pack Promotion again in your Hobby Stores.

As a reminder, the 2018 Topps Baseball Series One Silver Pack Promotion has been created as an added incentive to build brand awareness and drive foot traffic to your store. The Silver Packs include MLB veterans, rookies, and retired greats in the iconic 1983 Topps Baseball design.

For every Hobby Box ordered of 2018 Topps Baseball Series One, you will receive 1 Silver Pack included in your shipment.

For every Jumbo Box, you will receive 2 Silver Packs in your shipment.

These packs are for consumers who make the purchase of a Hobby Box (1 Silver Pack) or a purchase of a Jumbo Box (2 Silver Packs) of 2018 Topps Baseball Series One.

Stolen Getty Images Result in Huge Penalties

NY Man Agrees To Pay $21.3M Over Stolen Getty Pics Scheme
By Dorothy Atkins
Law360, San Francisco (July 28, 2017, 1:44 PM EDT) — A New York man has agreed to pay Getty Images Inc. $21.3 million to end allegations he sold stolen login database credentials to a co-conspirator who then downloaded thousands of copyrighted images and used them to run an illegitimate business on Facebook, according to court documents filed in Ohio federal court on Thursday.

Citing the settlement, U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. signed a consent judgment Thursday on two counts brought under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act against Larry Hebeler and tossed the rest of the claims against him without awarding attorneys’ fees.

The consent judgment is the latest development in a June 2016 lawsuit Getty Images originally launched against Walter A. Kowalczuk, alleging he ran an illegal business that sold stolen images owned or licensed by Getty Images through a private Facebook group named “Autographs 101.”

In November, Getty Images amended its complaint, naming 13 additional defendants, including Hebeler and Larry Barnes, who downloaded up to 127 of the stolen images.

Since then, seven co-conspirators have agreed to pay Getty Images $15,000 each, and in February, Kowalczuk agreed to pay $14 million to resolve allegations against him, according to the docket. On Thursday, Barnes also agreed to pay $25,000 to end allegations against him.

Getty Images has dropped claims against one of the named defendants, and claims are still pending against two of the remaining defendants: Jaysen Moslehi, who was the administrator of the Facebook group, and Jamie Blye, who acted as a runner for Kowalczuk and shared in the proceeds, according to the complaint.

Getty Images was tipped off about the illegal Facebook group in March 2016 and shortly after discovered that Kowalczuk was using the group to sell stolen Getty Images photographs of popular professional sports teams and athletes, the suit said.

Between March and April 2016, Kowalczuk allegedly committed “massive” copyright infringement, downloading more than 3,400 Getty Images photos from its database using stolen login credentials provided by Hebeler, the suit said.

Hebeler had sold Kowalczuk the login credentials using multiple aliases on the site SportsCollectors.net, including “Norm,” “Jerseys4me,” “DaBills24” and “John Peters,” the suit claimed.

Meanwhile, co-conspirators in the Facebook group would select and purchase the stolen photos through Facebook’s private messaging service, referring to the stolen Getty Images photographs using the code word “spaghetti” in an effort to hide their illegal activities. They also shared stolen images from the Associated Press, which they referred to as “apples,” according to the complaint.

The suit notes that Getty Images owns some of its images, but it also serves as a distributor for more than 200,000 artists, photographers and other content suppliers, who retain the copyrights to their images. Getty Images restricts the number of reproductions users can make of an image and how much the reproductions cost, according to the suit.

Counsel and representatives for Getty Images didn’t immediately respond Friday to requests for comment. Hebeler also didn’t immediately respond Friday to requests for comment.

Getty Images is represented by Scott T. Wilsdon, Elizabeth Weinstein and Jeremy E. Roller of Yarmuth Wilsdon PLLC, and Robert E. Chudakoff and Paul R. Harris of Ulmer & Berne LLP.

Hebeler represented himself.

The case is Getty Images Inc. v. Kowalczuk et al., case number 1:16-cv-01400, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day Promotion

2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day Packs Promotion! PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Topps National Baseball Card Day is Saturday, August 12th, 2017
  • Receive a FREE National Baseball Card Day pack courtesy of Topps!
  • (6) Random Cards in Every Pack – Exact set size still TBD but anticipated number is 40-50 total cards!
  • Receive a special Mike Trout card with a $10 purchase!
  • Promotion is strictly restricted to brick-and-mortar stores!

Ian Happ Named 2017 Bowman Baseball Lucky Redemption Autograph

Ian Happ Named 2017 Bowman Baseball Lucky Redemption Autograph

Cubs rookie Ian Happ is the 2017 Bowman Baseball Lucky Autograph Redemption.

In 20 games with the Cubs, Happ has four home runs, giving Chicago versatility in the outfield and infield. In Sunday’s game, Happ hit two home runs out of the leadoff spot, becoming the youngest Cubs leadoff hitter to do so since 1958.

The 22-year-old is ranked No. 21 by MLB Pipeline, no. 55 by Baseball America, and the second-ranked prospect in Chicago’s system.

Pick up packs of 2017 Bowman Baseball to find your Lucky Autograph Redemption.

2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball

The Topps Baseball flagship brand continues with the release of 2017 Topps Baseball Series 2 on June 14.

The base set consists of cards No. 351-700 featuring stars such as Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, Salvador Perez, Justin Verlander; and Rookie Cards of Mitch Haniger, Hunter Renfroe, Trey Mancini, Amir Garrett, Jorge Alfaro and more.

Series 2 sees the continuation of the Topps Salute insert set that started in 2017 Topps Baseball Series 1.

This year’s Series 2 insert sets include Memorable Moments, Major League Milestones and a look at the greatest All-Star moments with a celebration of MVP Award Winners, HR Derby Champs and All-Time All-Stars.

The 30th anniversary celebration of 1987 Topps sees the inclusion of the All-Star and Rookie designs including retired stars, veterans and the top rookies in baseball.

The MLB Network Collection returns with 10 more on-air personalities and MLB Network shows to collect. The final nine cards of the collection will appear in 2017 Topps Update Baseball, which comes out in October.

2017 Topps Legends of WWE Trading Cards

2017 Topps Legends of WWE Trading Cards

Undertaker autographs can be found in 2017 Topps Legends of WWE Trading Cards! In addition to Autograph Cards, there will be Undertaker Autograph Commemorative Retired Championship Cards, featuring his WWE Undisputed Championship, shown here!

Topps will be adding a DEREK JETER RETROSPECTIVE INSERT subset to 2017 Topps Archives Baseball.

Topps will be adding a DEREK JETER RETROSPECTIVE INSERT subset to 2017 Topps Archives Baseball.

DEREK JETER RETROSPECTIVE INSERT-1:12 packs

This subset will recreate an iconic Topps card (majority are Topps flagship designs) from Jeter’s prospect and MLB playing career (1993-2015). There will be 21 cards in the set. Each card will feature a Derek Jeter special edition foil stamp, which will be silver on the base versions.
Parallels for the set include:

Blue foil (numbered to 150),

green foil (numbered to 99),

gold foil (numbered to 50),

red foil (numbered to 10),

black foil (numbered 1/1).

DEREK JETER RETROSPECTIVE INSERT SHORT PRINTS-1 per case

In addition to the 21 subjects listed above, 3 subjects will be short-printed.  These cards will be the 1993 Topps Draft Pick card, the 2015 Topps card (Jeter’s final flagship), and the 2007 Jeter short-print variation that included Mantle/Bush (subjects on Mantle/Bush will be changed). Base versions continue to feature a silver foil Derek Jeter special edition stamp.

These short prints will be paralleled on the foil stamp:

green foil (numbered to 99)

gold foil (numbered to 50)

red foil (numbered to 10)

black foil (numbered 1/1).

DEREK JETER RETROSPECTIVE AUTOGRAPHS

All of the DEREK JETER RETROSPECTIVE INSERT and DEREK JETER RETROSPECTIVE INSERT SHORT PRINTS subjects except for the 2007 variation (23 active + 1 alt) will receive an ON-CARD autograph. Cards will feature the Derek Jeter special edition foil stamp, which will be silver on the base auto. Base versions will be sequentially numbered to 5 with a 1/1 black foil stamp parallel.

Thank you,

The Topps Company