Well not Bob Clemente himself as he died in a tragic accident many years ago, but Topps has signed a multi-year deal with the Clemente estate to feature him on Topps cards once again.
In 2012 Topps products, you will find Roberto Clemente cut signatures and relics in several products starting with Topps Series I baseball. Clemente is added to the also newly signed Hall of Famer Willie Mays.
Roberto Clemente has remained highly collectible throughout the years and Topps is proud to bring you closer to this former Pittsburgh Pirates star than ever before. I really hope Topps does a nice job paying tribute to a great player who was taken away from us way too early.
The final card of the “Prime 9″ Topps hobby shop program has been revealed.
Sandy Koufax is the last card in the 9 card set, only available at hobby shops if you pull any of these redemptions from Topps Series II baseball.
And here is the final list of the 2011 Topps Prime 9 hobby shop program.
The “PRIME 9”
Week 1 (July 19th) Johnny Bench, Catcher (redemption card #1)
Week 2 (July 26th) Albert Pujols, First Base (redemption card #2)
Week 3 (Aug. 5th) Jackie Robinson, Second Base (redemption card #3)
Week 4 (Aug. 12th) Derek Jeter, Shortstop (redemption card #4)
Week 5 (Aug. 19th) Mike Schmidt, Third Base (redemption # 5)
Week 6 (Aug. 26th) Hank Aaron, Left Field (redemption # 6)
Week 7 (Sept. 2nd) Mickey Mantle, Center Field (redemption # 7)
Week 8 (Sept. 9th) Ichiro, Left Field (redemption # 8)
Week 9 (Sept. 16th) Sandy Koufax, Pitcher (redemption # 9)
Wow! This came out of left field.
Panini America, the world’s largest producer of trading cards, has agreed to terms with the MLBPA to start producing baseball trading cards. This makes Panini the only trading card manufacturer with licenses in all four of the main sports in the United States.
The first product set to release is 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition which will release in December which will be followed by 2011 Contenders baseball. This product will include new Panini autograph signer Josh Hamilton will who be signing for Panini as well as featuring him on product packaging.
Honestly, this comes at a great time and I am absolutely pumped. Competition really drives the market here in America and finally having a licensed company compete with Topps is something great for the hobby. (I’d be saying the same thing if someone else got an NBA license too!) I like what Panini brings to the table and this should make Topps step up their game a little bit.
Welcome back Donruss. We missed you.
Okay, I know I’ve been hyping up 2010-11 Panini Dominion like crazy, but seriously, where does the actual awesomeness of this product end? I’ve showed you countless cards, autographs, patches, just about everything possible…until now.
Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest redemption ever made.
This Stanley Cup is 13 inches tall and was given to a member of the 1978-79 Montreal Canadians (or the Les Canadiens de Montréal for my French readers) and is inserted as a redemption card in this product.
Panini purchased this for $4,000 at auction and it will be yours if you pull the redemption card inside 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey for it.
That makes this quite possibly the greatest redemption card of all-time.
Don’t believe me? Just read Panini’s Offical Blog all about it.
Willie Mays is back with Topps.
Topps has signed a multi-year agreement with Willie Mays to bring his autographs to his fans and card collectors around the world. This mean you will be finding Willie Mays autographs in products soon, starting with 2012 Topps Series I baseball. He is also already slotted for Tribute, seen below, and Gypsy Queen baseball.
I, for one, am excited to see The Say Hey Kid return to signing baseball cards. I know his autograph has always been hard to get, so expect collectors who decide to sell the earlier cards to get a good return on these autographs. Topps will also be making relics from his former uniforms as well.
Expect this blog to start covering more big industry news like this from all the top sports card companies. It’s been long overdue and I want to keep everyone up to date on as much information as I can.