Posts Tagged ‘topps’

Topps Wacky Packages Become Wacky Digibles Facebook App

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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Early last month, Topps launched a facebook application named Wacky Digibles.  While it doesn’t really touch on the sports card theme very much, it may still have some appeal to hardcore collectors.  In 1967, Topps launched a series of cards they dubbed “Wacky Packages.”  You can read more about them over on Wikipedia; however, the short of the long is this: they were trading cards that parodied various brand products.  Wacky Packages were really popular during various times and even spawned the popular collectible series known as the Garbage Pale Kids.

The application allows you to buy cards (aka digibles) for your own collection, or give them to friends.  In addition, Topps made it a point to make some harder to get than others, thus feeding into the inherent desires of most every collector.  It seems that they plan to continually release new digibles every so often.  he release of the facebook application coincides with the release of a new line of Wacky Pages cards, which you can buy over on the Topps online store.

Topps & Michael Eisner Hire New CEO: TV Guide’s Ryan O’Hara

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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The Topps company announced some big news yesterday.  Michael Eisner, the former Disney exec who (along with Madison Dearborn) bought Topps in 2007, has gobbled up outgoing TV Guide CEO Ryan O’Hara to fill the same position with the famed trading card company.

O’Hara, who stepped down at TV Guide last week, is scheduled to make the move from Los Angeles to New York City on March 1st.  O’Hara will take over for Scott Silverstein, who will remain on as a member of the board of directors.  More details after the jump!

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DJ’S Sportscards Store & Tim Lincecum Featured On ESPN [Baseball Card Collecting]

Friday, February 5th, 2010

 Jim Caple is a writer for ESPN.com.  Though the majority of his posts speak specifically to on-field activities, he’ll venture outside of that niche every so often.  Recently, Caple made a trip to Renton, Wash. to visit with DJ Joss, the owner of DJ Sportscards.  Amongst other things, DJ’s was the longtime card shop of Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum.

It’s an interesting interview in which Caple asks Joss a lot of questions related to the Upper Deck/MLB lawsuit.  Joss has been in the hobby since 1988, when at the age of 16, he bought out the card supply from the comic book shop he worked at.

In addition to the video (embedded above), Caple put together a nice article that summarizes his experience.  Throughout the article, there is a strong yearning for the enjoyment of collecting, something many of us can relate to.

If you happen to live in the area, you can find DJ’s at 1630 Duvall Ave NE #D, Renton, WA 98059. Otherwise, take a gander at their website, where you can order direct.

Major League Baseball Properties Sues Upper Deck Card Company Over Trademark Infringement

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

upper-deck-logo Major League Baseball Properties is the marketing appendage of Major League Baseball.  Amongst other things, MLBP is responsible for making sure all of MLB’s licenses are enforced and that people play nice in the sand box.

This past Monday, MLB filed suite against trading card company Upper Deck (UD) for using team logos on baseball cards without permission.  To hobbyists around the country, this news is mildly surprising, albeit not completely out of left field.

Roughly six-months ago,  MLBP and Topps signed an multi-year agreement that provided Topps with the exclusive rights to produce imagery that includes team logos and uniforms.  In essence, this gave Topps a monopoly on baseball card manufacturing.

At the time of that deal, Upper Deck made it known that they would continue to produce a full line of MLB baseball cards due to their own deal with the Major League Baseball players association.

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Last week, UD released its "Signature Stars" (above) and "Ultimate Collection" line of cards.  While you won’t find any nicknames and such, there are at least a handful of cards where you can see partial or complete logos.  We’ll see what happens, but with a $2.4 million dollar asking price, UD can’t be feeling good right now.

[via Michael O’Keeffe and NYDN]

Topps And Minor League Baseball Properties Sign Exclusive Contract

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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Earlier this year, Topps and Major League Baseball Properties signed a contract to make Topps the exclusive distributor of Major League Baseball trading cards.  Late last month, the two came together again on a similar deal.

Now, Topps will also be the exclusive producer of Minor League Baseball cards.  There are no details as to just how long this deal will last.  However, collectors should take some solace that manufacturers like Upper Deck have been shown the door, there should be fewer sets to keep track up.  Full details of the press release are available after the jump!

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