The Topps Company & Major League Baseball Extend
Exclusive Trading Card Agreement
(July 12, 2018 – New York City) – Topps has created lasting memories for baseball fans over the last seven decades and that tradition
will continue as Major League Baseball and The Topps Company today announced that they have extended their exclusive global partnership for MLB-licensed trading cards through 2025.
“Baseball and trading cards go hand-in-hand, eliciting memories of the legends of our game and showcasing the stars of today and tomorrow,” said Noah Garden, MLB Executive Vice President, Commerce. “Topps vibrantly remains a part of the baseball lexicon that conjures images so many of us have cherished. They have re-invigorated the trading card business with innovative products such as Topps NOW®, which offers our fans the opportunity to memorialize great moments throughout the season. It’s with great pleasure that we continue this long-term partnership.”
For more than 65 years, Topps has provided fan experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. Since 1952, the long-standing partnership between Major League Baseball and Topps has allowed Topps to create iconic trading cards that have become engrained in baseball culture with collectibles such as the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, the 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente, and the 2011 Topps Mike Trout and 2017 Topps Aaron Judge rookie cards.
Topps brings fans closer to the game through unique card designs, creating cards out of plastic, wood and leather and including pieces of players’ game-used jerseys, bats, helmets and other items. In addition, many of Topps’ baseball cards are autographed by MLB’s top stars and rookies, such as the Los Angeles Angels new addition, Shohei Ohtani, whose autographed cards are available in 2018 Topps® products. Topps works directly with more players and features autographs of more stars and rookies than it ever has before. Topps cutting edge products have led to explosive category growth and drawn in many new collectors.
“Topps has always strived to be at the forefront of innovation,” said David Leiner, Topps Global General Manager of Sports & Entertainment. “We constantly look for new ways to bring joy and excitement to baseball fans whether they have been collecting for decades or just starting out. Our exclusive MLB license gives us the opportunity to continue as the category leader.”
With the exclusive global license, Topps energized the trading card world with TOPPS NOW®, the first on-demand trading card that captures the best baseball moments on a nightly basis. These cards are only available for 24 hours exclusively on Topps.com. Additionally, Topps launched The Living Set also available only on Topps.com, which is the first cross-generational set featuring lifelike artwork and leveraging Topps iconic 1953 design.
Even though opening a pack of cards is a thrilling experience, Topps doesn’t stop there. Topps has provided amazing opportunities for fans, including the Topps® Make Your Pro Debut contest, where a lucky fan becomes a Minor League baseball player for a day, trips to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, and private dinners with some of baseball’s greatest players and legends, such as Cubs superstar Kris Bryant and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, through its Transcendent Collection® experience.
“Collecting baseball cards is such a personal experience for so many and we look for ways to enhance those moments, whether it’s through opening a pack of cards with your friends or winning a contest to throw out a first pitch,” Leiner said. “MLB and Topps aim to be a part of baseball fans’ lives from their childhood and this partnership will allow that to continue for years to come.”
About The Topps Company:
Founded in 1938, The Topps Company, Inc. is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of physical and digital sports cards, entertainment cards and collectibles, and distinctive confectionery products. Topps’ leading sports and entertainment products include Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Bundesliga, Star Wars, WWE, UFC, Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids, Mars Attacks and other trading cards, sticker album collections and collectibles. Topps’ app portfolio, including Topps BUNT®, Topps NFL HUDDLE®, TOPPS KICK® and Topps® Star Wars℠: Card Trader, has been a hit with millions of fans around the world. Topps’ confectionery brands include Ring Pop®, Push Pop®, Baby Bottle Pop®, Juicy Drop ® Pop, and Bazooka® bubble gum. Topps was acquired by Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn Partners in October 2007. For additional information, visit Topps.com and Candymania.com.
Baseball Slugger David Ortiz Named TOPPS NOW® Lead Scout &
(June 14, 2018) – David Ortiz’s vast baseball knowledge, discerning eyes, and flair for the moment made him the perfect candidate for a new role at The Topps Company.
Topps, the exclusive trading card partner of Major League Baseball, is excited to announce Ortiz as a spokesperson and TOPPS NOW® lead scout. In this role, Ortiz will work with the Topps team in picking the best moments of the Major League Baseball season and support Topps’ initiatives throughout the year, including National Baseball Card Day.
“The TOPPS NOW program is fun to work on with all the top moments captured on a card every day,” Ortiz said. “With rookie debuts, no-hitters, retirements, and big hits, TOPPS NOW has something for everyone. Baseball cards have been a part of my and my family’s life for a long time. I’m excited to work with Topps.”
VIEW: David Ortiz announces his new role with Topps (video)
TOPPS NOW baseball cards, which are only available on Topps.com, celebrate the greatest moments and milestones from the MLB season, while giving baseball fans a chance to relive them for years to come. The physical cards are available to purchase the very next day through Topps.com, but for just 24 hours, and will not be available again. Only the number of cards ordered during that 24-hour window are printed.
Ortiz was a perfect candidate for the TOPPS NOW lead scout. With his view of the game as one of the top sluggers in history, and baseball broadcast commentator, Ortiz has a way of seeing the game with a different lens. His love of baseball runs deep – and so do his friendships. He’s able to provide a bevy of insight that can’t be matched.
Ortiz has had a number of prolific Topps baseball cards over the years, and he’s excited to showcase the cards for the next generation. He will take part in Topps’ outreach throughout the season, including National Baseball Card Day, which is held on the second Saturday in August.
“David Ortiz is a fun, baseball-loving person. He fits right in with the personalities at Topps with their shared passion for the game,” said David Leiner, Topps Global General Manager of Sports & Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to our collaboration with David with him spreading the word about creating lasting memories through collecting trading cards.”
Topps baseball cards have depicted great moments and players throughout its storied history, and is the definitive place to get a star’s rookie card. TOPPS NOW has featured the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros winning the World Series; Ichiro, Adrian Beltre and Albert Pujols getting their respective 3,000thcareer MLB hits; and rookie debuts, including Shohei Ohtani, Aaron Judge, Ronald Acuña Jr., and more.
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 …
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.
will now be included in the 2018 Bowman Baseball. This will majorly impact this product
time to be announced
JSA will be in Knoxville and my Store on June 28th,2018
so if you have items that are signed
and not authenticated, now is the time to get them authenticated
Save Time and Money by getting your items authenticated with out paying shipping fees and having
the worry of shipping an item or it getting lost….
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
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.
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
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.”
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.