From Mickey Mantle to Pete Rose, George Brett, Barry Bonds, Mike Trout and Aaron Judge, Topps trading card companies have been at every stop for baseball fans for the past 70 years.
Since 1951, Topps and Major League Baseball have been synonymous with each other. Still, I wondered how far the partnership had reached.
So I asked my wife, who knows next to nothing about baseball, and certainly the same with baseball cards.
“Yeah, I’ve heard of Topps,” she said with a “Duh! ” see.
I have points, but I wanted to be sure.
The news fell on August 20, in case you missed it, Topps lost the licensing deal with MLB. .
Now you are ready to dive into the sports card market. For Topps, founded in 1938, this may not mean the end. I will explain this to you in a little more detail.
Topps would have been blinded by this decision. Player image contract It would expire in 2022, And about the 2025 MLB team logo. Topps executive chairman Andy Redman said in a statement that the company has remained in the dark and been added to the all-star game in mid-July. Negotiations with other companies.
In the case of a sport founded on tradition, baseball hit the sport hard and threw the underlying institution to the curb.
Topps is baseball. Baseball is Topps. Or at least I thought.
Sports card companies are the most popular card companies in history. It’s like McDonald’s is stepping out of the fast food industry. Or Hershey says goodbye to chocolate. Or Budweiser says he’s out of beer.
However, Topps is very different from McDonald’s, Hershey, and Budweiser.
Topps needs baseball and its players.
A better comparison is how to say goodbye to college football with Rose Bowl. Despite the ever-changing world of sports, one thing’s for sure: People in the Midwest can turn on the TV at 5 p.m. on New Years Day, and the Rose Bowl is here.
Ultimately, that can change. It would be disappointing if that happened, just like Topps is thrown in baseball. So is this decision.
Baseball as a sport is undoubtedly losing popularity among the masses, especially young fans, but don’t tell old-fashioned fans and card collectors.
Baseball fans love to drink hot dogs and beer in the games, so it was just as fun to go to the corner store to buy a pack of Topps baseball cards.
Get people over 35 or 40 for the thrill of buying a quarter pack and tear them up. Young people today may not understand it, and that may be why this decision was made.
Tradition may have been the only factor behind this deal, and of course the money won.
There was also a report that Topps was about to be released with this company. NS The Wall Street Journal reported that these plans are complete. There are rumors that Fanatics could use their immense wealth to absorb Topps, Upper Deck, Panini and more.
So don’t close the Topps book, which has been a staple of baseball cards for 70 years. Keep in mind that Topps continues to be the leader of all kinds of collectible cards at various times. It makes football, basketball, and hockey cards, and the 1970s and 1980s were a boon for companies that made non-sports cards like Star Wars and popular TV shows.
The big question is where does Topps go from here. For a longtime collector like you, it’s a sad day not to have Topps in a baseball game.