One of the hottest rookies in baseball — the King of the West Coast to counter Aaron Judge‘s Big Apple dominance — wrote his way into the record books on Monday night.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger hit two more home runs — that’s 21 in just 51 career games — and that’s the fastest pace in MLB history to start a career and good enough for the National League lead, trailing only Judge for the overall mark.
What makes this feat extra-enticing for collectors? The fact that Bellinger has a relatively minuscule amount of cardboard overall and a small number of certified autographs — and that means more competition for what he does have as the home runs go flying.
The Captain didn’t top Ichiro Suzuki‘s single-card Topps Now sales record, but an array of cards for the New York Yankees’ retirement of Derek Jeter‘s uniform number did sell more total cards than any other player in a single day.
More than 17,000 Jeter cards were sold by Topps on Monday, including a number of autographed Relics and Relics along with his two standard cards — one for his Monument Park plaque and one for his retired number.
The record for the most copies of a single card is still Suzuki’s 11,550, which came after his 3,000th career hit last season.
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As a “way of saying thank you for being such a loyal customer of Topps” a selected number of Topps Now purchasers have received invitations to a Topps Now Loyalty Program.
As part of the membership perks, those invited at the Platinum level will receive a nine-card autographed set of cards apparently limited to only 25 copies per card showcasing notable players from last year.
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This Week’s Big Hit?
We’re less than a week away from WrestleMania 33 in Orlando and Topps dropped the biggest mic of them all (“pipebomb” in WWE-Punk parlance) for collectors with the arrival of autographs from Undertaker for the first time in Topps packs — and just the third time in hobby history. Get all of the details on which brands get his legendary ink here.
The World Baseball Classic may be over but the Topps Now baseball cards are not.
A total of 10 new cards were revealed on the real-time cardboard platform on Friday, focusing on the members of the All-WBC Team and a trio of young stars on one squad who signed on for the newest autographs from the event.
The first 2017 World Baseball Classic Relics are here.
Puerto Rico‘s win that advanced it to the final of the international event last night can be found on new Topps Now cardboard for the next 24 hours only — and there are a pair of Relics among today’s offerings.
One is a signed base card from team star Carlos Correa and the other is a first for the Now program — a game-used baseball Relic.
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Topps Now is the answer to the question of how the World Baseball Classic will be covered when it comes to baseball cards.
The real-time baseball card platform launched its 2017 Topps Now WBC set on Monday with cards from the Team Israel victory over Korea.
“We’re excited for the progression of the Topps Now program and bringing these cards to a wider audience of baseball fans,” said David Leiner, Topps’ GM and VP of North American Sports and Entertainment. “This program has been a lot of fun since its inception to see what great moments and milestones we can capture on cards. The World Baseball Classic is a natural fit because it offers great plays from international stars, and there are also players whose cards you might not be able to get anywhere else.”
The real-time baseball card platform launched its 2017 Topps Now Spring Training MLB set on Monday with a single card of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who racked up six strikeouts in two innings on Sunday.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from last year’s MLB releases before the 2017 Topps Now cards — with a new look and numbering — start soon and some basic info on every single one of the 2016 releases.
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Three new Hall of Famers, 21 new Topps Now baseball cards.
That means fans of Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell don’t have to wait for their first commemorative cardboard thanks to Topps‘ on-demand baseball card platform.
Only initially available on Topps.com, the three standard Topps Now cards are printed to order and available for just 24 hours at $9.99 per card with quantity discounts available. Each of them also will sign six different cards, including one where all three will be shown.
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MLB’s two best players autographs’ on one new card.
Mike Trout and Kris Bryant, aka the American League and National League MVPs took home their new crowns on Thursday night and less than 24 hours later that honor appears on cardboard alongside their autographs.
That’s thanks to Topps Now, the real-time cardboard platform that’s sold plenty of cards this season.
The Chicago Cubs’ World Series win is big business — on cardboard and beyond — but Buzz has a question.
Did you buy any Cubs cards after their championship?
Plenty of collectors did as, for example, the 2016 Topps Now Chicago Cubs World Series Championship set came in two forms — an autograph set for $149.99 that included one signed card and a standard one that was $49.99. The pricey one sold 2,581 copies and the unsigned set sold 6,636 — not shabby but probably still just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a history-making win and sales.
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We’ve seen autos. We’ve seen Relics. We’ve seen auto Relics. We’ve seen double autos. But today’s lineup of Topps Now cards spotlighting Game 6 of the World Series is something we have not seen before.
There are double auto Relics — and they are cards of the Chicago Cubs’ biggest bats from last night, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.
The Chicago Cubs are still alive after a 3-2 victory in Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night and today we have the Topps Now cards that commemorate that first Series win in Wrigley Field since 1945.
A total of 16 cards — with a mix of Kris Bryant autographs and Aroldis Chapman game-used base Relics — are available today and for no more than 24 hours via Topps.com.
The Cleveland Indians‘ decisive win in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday night has prompted 11 more Topps Now baseball cards and there’s something that’s never been done before for the company’s online real-time card platform this time.
Five of the 11 cards feature autographs from arguably the top two most-collectable players on the team, shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitching ace Corey Kluber.
The Chicago Cubs‘ dominating Game 2 victory in the World Series Wednesday night was sparked by the hot bat of a returning slugger and the strong arm of an ace who held the Cleveland Indians hitless deep into the night as part of a 6-0 win.
Today, the slugger and the ace have new Topps Now cards that will only be available for 24 hours via Topps.com as part of its real-time baseball card program.
The slugger is, of course Kyle Schwarber, who will be signing six types of standard and Relic cards, while the ace is Jake Arrieta, who is among the remaining five cards as part of today’s offering.
A Party at Napoli’s and Big Papi’s farewell are among today’s Topps Now baseball cards.
The lineup includes 18 cards available for only 24 hours via Topps’ online card program. David Ortiz‘s autographs along with Mike Napoli‘s marks the first time there are two autographs available on the same day — and they aren’t the only cards.
The Blue Jays’ big win yesterday means big cardboard from Topps Now today.
Edwin Encarnacion‘s extra-innings homer is the key for today’s newest baseball cards available for only 24 hours via Topps’ online card program. He’ll be signing cards for the moment and there is a Relic also available from the American League Wildcard win.