Topps AuthenticsTM signs Shohei Ohtani to exclusive autographed memorabilia deal

Topps AuthenticsTM signs Shohei Ohtani to exclusive autographed memorabilia deal

 

Topps.com is the only place to get authentic signed memorabilia from the

Japanese MLB sensation

(March 27, 2018) — Los Angeles Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani has signed an exclusive autographed memorabilia deal with Topps Authentics™, the memorabilia arm of The Topps Company, giving baseball fans worldwide a chance to own Ohtani-signed baseballs, jerseys and bats, Topps announced today.

Ohtani’s Topps Authentics autographed memorabilia is available on Topps.com, the exclusive home for his authenticated autographed memorabilia.

“We are excited to add Shohei Ohtani to our Topps Authentics family,” said David Leiner, Topps Global General Manager of Sports & Entertainment. “He’s a dynamic player who is already commanding a lot of attention. Ohtani and Topps Authentics are a perfect match because fans around the world can feel safe and secure in knowing what they are getting is authentic.”

Topps Authentics brings MLB Authenticated items into the marketplace, eliminating the guesswork and uncertainty surrounding signed memorabilia. The signings are witnessed by representatives of Authenticators Inc., the industry standard for autographed and game-used memorabilia authentication. Other MLB players who are part of Topps Authentics include rising stars such as Francisco Lindor, Gleyber Torres and Amed Rosario.

“I’m excited to be part of Topps Authentics because Topps has a long history in Baseball and partnering with its players,” Ohtani said.

“We always support Major League Baseball players and have become great partners with a number of athletes over the years,” Leiner added. “We’re thrilled to work with Ohtani and his team and to see what he will do on the field this year.”

Ohtani was a much sought after player from Japan during the offseason. He’s a dual-threat player who can pitch and hit. In Japan, as a pitcher, he had 624 strikeouts in 543 career innings in the Japan Pacific League, and hit .322 with 30 home runs and 98 RBI in 169 games.

His Topps Authentics deal comes on the heels Topps signing Ohtani to an autographed baseball card deal. His first pack-pulled autographed card appeared in 2018 Topps Heritage® Baseball, which is currently in stores.

In addition, Ohtani’s TOPPS NOW® card commemorating his signing with the Angels broke a TOPPS NOW® print record with 17,323 cards sold in just 24 hours.

Shohei Ohtani’s first Topps autographed card will be in Heritage Baseball

Shohei Ohtani’s first Topps autographed card will be in …

Shohei Ohtani has captured the attention of baseball fans when the Japanese star signing with the Los Angeles Angels. Topps recently announced that it signed Ohtani to an autographed trading card deal, which means his autographed cards will be featured in Topps products for the next several years.

But where can baseball fans find his first pack-pulled Topps card?

The wait won’t be much longer. Ohtani’s first autographed card will be featured in 2018 Topps Heritage Baseball, scheduled to hit stores on February 28. 2018 Topps Heritage Baseball features the 1969 Topps Baseball design and will be available in hobby stores,

Topps recently held a signing session with the two-way star where he signed autographs for Topps across a number of different sets including Heritage, Bowman, and Topps Chrome.

In Heritage, along with an autographed card, Ohtani will be featured on a short-printed base card – showing him as a pitcher – that is short-printed in the set. A Heritage card of him as a hitter will be available in 2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball, which will be out later this year.

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2018 Topps Series 1 hobby store promotion celebrates 1983 Topps Baseball

When 2018 Topps Baseball Series 1 arrives on January 31, head to your local card shop to get exclusive Topps Baseball Series 1 Silver Pack cards.

Each pack contains four chrome cards commemorating the 35th anniversary of the 1983 Topps Baseball design with an exclusive refractor pattern. Collectors have a chance to find various color parallels as well as randomly inserted autographed cards of some of their favorite players including Derek Jeter, Hank Aaron, Mike Trout and more.

To get a bonus Silver Pack, baseball fans that buy a hobby box (36-packs boxes) will get One (1) silver pack.

Those who buy a Jumbo Box (12 Jumbo packs) will get Two(2) silver packs. Retail boxes are not included

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These cards are sure to be a favorite with collectors as they take look back at the 1983 Topps design, but use current players such as Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper, Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SILVER PACK PROMO CHECKLIST 

Collectors can find the following parallels (the bolded refractors are included for autograph cards):

Blue Refractor (numbered to 150)
Green Refractor (numbered to 99)
Purple Refractor (numbered to 75)
Gold Refractor (numbered to 50)
Orange Refractor (numbered to 25)
Red Refractor (numbered to 5)

The Topps Company signs Shohei Ohtani to Long-Term Deal

The Topps Company signs Shohei Ohtani to Long-Term

Trading Card and Autograph Deal

His First Rookie Card Will Arrive in Time for Spring Training

(January 8, 2017) – Baseball fans looking to collect the rookie cards of Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani won’t have to wait long. The Topps Company, the exclusive trading card partner of Major League Baseball, is proud to announce it has signed Ohtani to a trading card and long-term autograph deal for the upcoming MLB season.

His first pack-pulled trading card will appear in late spring, just in time for Ohtani to join the Los Angeles Angels in Spring Training. His cards will be featured in Topps® products throughout the year, including cards that will be autographed by the 23-year-old star.

“Getting a deal with Shohei Ohtani was a priority for us because we want the best for our Topps fans,” said David Leiner, Topps Global General Manager, Sports & Entertainment. “Ohtani is a dynamic two-way player who has gained a lot of attention because of his incredible talent. We are thrilled to offer his trading cards and autographed cards to baseball fans.”

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.