August 22, 2016
Jason Dean Martin
Earlier today Topps released the first Topps NOW cards featuring WWE superstars. It’s no coincidence that they were released today as a history-making Summerslam event occurred last night in Brooklyn, NY.
As is the case for all other Topps NOW cards, these five are available only on Topps.com for 24 hours. Each card is priced at $9.99 or you can purchase all five cards at a discounted price of $34.99.
Topps, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today announced that they are joining with hobby stores to celebrate National Baseball Card Day on Saturday, August, 13, with limited edition six-card packs available at participating shops around the country.
The 2016 National Baseball Card Day card designs and checklist will be unveiled today (Wednesday, Aug. 3) during the 37th National Sports Collectors Convention. These unique cards feature some of today’s best players, such as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and David Ortiz , with an additional card available as a gift with a $10 Topps purchase at local participating hobby stores.
“We are always looking for ways to introduce or reintroduce the local hobby stores to consumers and National Baseball Card day is an exciting new avenue we have to do this,” said David Leiner, Topps’ GM and Vice President of North American Sports and Entertainment. “It’s great to partner with Major League Baseball and the Players Association for the day to amplify the whole event as well.”
As part of the celebration, fans can also visit participating hobby retailers for special gifts with select purchases, contests and giveaways throughout National Baseball Card Day. Fans can follow along with the day’s happenings across the official social channels of Topps, MLB and the MLBPA using #BaseballCardDay. Related online contests and giveaways are also planned throughout the day and during the week leading up to the event.
Major Leaguers will demonstrate their support of National Baseball Card Day on Friday, August 12, when players in select ballparks will be giving away some sample packs from the field prior to games that day.
“National Baseball Card Day is an opportunity for fans to enjoy the time-honored tradition of card collecting in the middle of a very competitive MLB season,” said Steve Armus, MLB Senior Vice President, Consumer Products. “With cards featuring MLB’s top exciting young stars and David Ortiz in his final season, this set has plenty to offer baseball card collectors.”
“National Baseball Card Day is a great way to celebrate the rich tie between fans and Major League baseball players,” said Evan Kaplan, Director, Licensing and Business Development at the Major League Baseball Players Association. “There’s a special feeling when opening a pack of baseball cards and finding your favorite player.”
Ultra Pro will also be supplying a limited number of “one touch” card cases as an additional purchase incentive. National Baseball Card Day packs will include a special Topps BUNT promotional code card for baseball fans to experience the digital side of card collecting and Topps has also randomly inserted autographed cards in select packs.
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, National Football League, Major League Soccer, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Bundesliga, Indian Premier League, 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 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.
ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION (MLBPA):
The Major League Baseball Players Association (www.mlbplayers.com) is the collective bargaining representative for all professional baseball players of the thirty Major League baseball teams and serves as the exclusive group licensing agent for commercial and licensing activities involving active Major League baseball players. On behalf of its members, it operates the Players Choice licensing program and Players Choice Awards, which benefit the needy through the Major League Baseball Players Trust, a charitable foundation established and run entirely by Major League baseball players. Follow: @MLB_Players; @MLBPAClubhouse; @MLBPlayersTrust.
On August 16, 2016, SGC announced their first-ever membership program which includes monthly giveaways, free giveaways, and members only content. Here’s the letter that was sent to their email subscribers.
Dear Valued SGC Customers,
We would like to take a moment to thank everyone that made it out to Atlantic City for the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention. This show was without question the most successful show throughout our 18 years in business, and we cannot wait for the Chicago National in 2017. As always, we greatly appreciate all of your business and continued support.
Please visit us at the East Coast National at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York from August 18th to August 21st. We will be doing on-site card grading and encapsulation as well as on-site autograph authentication. Hope to see you there!
In other news, we are very proud to present our first ever membership program with exclusive monthly specials, free giveaways, and members only content—The SGC Gold Club. As of August 1st, we are offering SGC customers the opportunity to join this elite club to take advantage of one of the best deals in the hobby. With two levels of membership, this program can fit any collector’s budget. Gold Club Select, the first level, includes 10 complimentary Express-level grading vouchers, an SGC logo t-shirt, and an SGC drawstring bag for only $125. (Valued at $190, this is a $65 savings right off the bat!) Looking for an even better deal? The Gold Club Premium level includes 30 free Express-level grades, an SGC logo t-shirt, an SGC drawstring bag, and a copy of the classic hobby book The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890)—a retail value of $590 for only $350!
The initial savings are only the beginning of the benefits that you’ll receive as a Gold Club Member. Once you are in the club, you will gain access to the lowest rates offered to any SGC customers through exclusive members only monthly specials. You will also receive special content from the SGC professionals about the grading and authentication processes, sneak peeks at new services offered, breaking news about the hobby, and unique editorial pieces. Call us today to take advantage of this great opportunity! 800.742.9212.
November 21, 1989 | By George Lazarus.
Fleer Corp., best known as one of the bubble gum giants, is looking for a bite of the candy business.
Fleer, based in Philadelphia, Monday confirmed it is acquiring the Asher candy cane business from Leaf Inc. of north suburban Bannockburn.
Asher, with annual sales estimated at $10 million to $15 million, would be Fleer`s initial venture in candies. While Asher is sold nationally, its primary sales strength is in the Northeast.
Asher, whose candy canes have been sold under other brand names at Leaf, was put on the block recently along with several other confections, subsequently sold, as Leaf decided to concentrate on its core brands.
Regarding the Asher purchase, Paul Mullan, Fleer chairman and chief executive officer, told this column: “We`re looking for niche opportunities in the market . . . we think this is one of them.“
Mullan is a former Leaf senior VP, who three months ago became boss of Fleer following its purchase by Charter House Group International, a New York investment firm. Mullan has been commuting from his Lake Forest home to Fleer since he took over the job in Philadelphia.
He said Fleer is interested in other acquisitions, but didn`t say whether they might involve other candy brands.
Fleer`s purchase of Asher includes its production facility in New Hyde Park, N.Y., where Asher Candy Co., a new Fleer subsidiary, is being established.
Fleer, whose roots date to 1848, is believed to have annual sales of $60 million to $70 million, not including Asher.
The firm, whose most visible brand is its Double Bubble, claims to have invented bubble gum in 1928. Fleer has become a factor in baseball cards and football cards since 1981.
This article was originally published in the Chicago Tribune.