Topps Authentics is clearly hoarding top young shortstops.
Cleveland Indians star Francisco Lindor is the latest player to sign on exclusively with Topps’ autographed memorabilia line after a rookie season that included a .313 average, 12 homers and 51 RBI in just 99 games last year. He finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year race to fellow shortstop and Topps Authentics player Carlos Correa.
His autographs will be found on oversized Chrome cards, jerseys, balls and bats as part of the deal and he joins a group that also includes Yankees pitcher Luis Severino, Red Sox pitcher Henry Owens and Braves third baseman Hector Olivera.
“I’m excited to sign with Topps,” Lindor said. “They have been with me since the beginning of my career and I’m pumped to take this next step with them.”
The 22-year-old was drafted eighth-overall in the 2011 MLB Draft and since then he’s appeared on more than 1,200 different cards and nearly 500 different certified autographs. His first cards — and autographs — came way back in 2009 when he was a 15-year-old member of a USA Baseball squad.
“Francisco is a great, young talent who fits perfectly within our Topps Authentics lineup,” said David Leiner, Topps’ VP and GM of North American Sports & Entertainment. “We are proud to be working with him on Topps Authentics to bring baseball fans closer to the game.”
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