Topps Offers Special Edition Ben Zobrist Card

October 22, 2016

Jason Dean Martin

Topps released a special edition Ben Zobrist card today available only on the Topps website. 


The card, although similar to Topps NOW in that it’s being offered for 24 hours, is not part of the Topps NOW set. 

There’s also an additional perk available to those that purchase the card from Topps. Each card purchased will give buyers an entry into a sweepstakes to win a replica Ben Zobrist Custom Bike. 

Here’s the full description from Topps.com:

Purchase this special edition card* and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win** a replica Ben Zobrist Custom Bike. Ben designed his original bike with the Playoffs in mind and rides it to and from the field. One winner will be randomly selected after the 2016 Postseason® has ended. All Net Proceeds from the sale of this special edition card will be donated to Patriot Forward. Photos courtesy of Stephen Green. For more bike info, please visit @benzobrist18.

 *BY PURCHASING THIS CARD VIA TOPPS.COM AND PROVIDING YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION AND EMAIL ADDRESS, YOU (1) ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED INTO THE SWEEPSTAKES AND (2) EXPRESSLY CONSENT TO TOPPS’ OR ITS AGENT’S USE OF YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO CONTACT YOU REGARDING THE SWEEPSTAKES. YOU FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE NET PROCEEDS FROM YOUR PURCHASE WILL BE DONATED TO PATRIOT FORWARD.

**ABBREVIATED SWEEPSTAKES RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. who are 18+ at time of entry. Begins 10/20/16 at 02:00 PM ET and ends 11/04/16 at 11:59 AM ET. Subject to full OFFICIAL RULES available at http://cdn.topps.com/media/pdf/Ben_Zobrist_Sweepstakes_Rules.pdf One (1) Prize will be awarded. Enter online or by mail. Limit one (1) Entry per person per household. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning depends on # of eligible Entries received. ARV: $1,400. Sponsor: The Topps Company, Inc., 1 Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004.

PRICING INFO: 1 CARD = $9.99, 5 CARDS = $29.99 ($5.99 Per Card), 10 CARDS = $49.99 ($4.99 Per Card), 20 CARDS = $79.99 ($3.99 Per Card)

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Panini America says Prizm proof cards are not legitimate

October 7, 2016

Author: Blowout Buzz

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A number of eBay auctions containing what are being called proof cards or test cards of Panini America‘s Prizm cards aren’t what they are being presented to be.

Panini released a statement on Friday noting that these cards were not made — at least in this fashion — by the company.

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“These ‘Prizm Proofs’ are in no way produced by us or obtained through us or our vendor,” said the company’s statement. “We don’t produce ‘negatives’ for proofing purposes. These items are most likely being produced in the aftermarket using authentic Prizm cards and being misrepresented as something that they’re not.”

In fact they are likely just standard Prizm cards where the cardboard backing layer has been carefully removed. Despite this, a number of auctions show these cards with asking prices substantially higher than base cards. And a number of the cards have sold, too.

2016 Topps National Baseball Card Day

From Topps.com

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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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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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.

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For more information, to view the checklist, find your local participating hobby retailer or purchase cards, please visit Topps.com/promotions or MLBShop.com/topps.

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.

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SGC Unveils Gold Club Membership Option

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.