Topps has agreed to become a major sponsor of The Industry Summit, the upcoming Las Vegas trade event for hobby shop owners and industry leaders.
Under the agreement, Topps will host a Retailing for Success Seminar on Monday, March 21, which will include a question-and-answer session with executives from Topps, as well as exclusive previews of Topps' upcoming products and a retailer-education segment.
2011 Topps baseball cards have started filtering into retail and hobby stores, although many will arrive a bit later because of the massive winter storm that since Monday has closed airports, shut down interstates and generally made life difficult for millions of people from Texas to the east coast. They'll be a welcome sight to snowbound collectors who are desperate for any glimpse of spring.
The first few box breaks I've seen included "60 Years of Topps" cards, which are more reprints of famous vintage cards--a very similar concept to last year-- and "The Lost Cards", featuring players portrayed in the design of sets in which they never appeared.
It's hard to believe, but basketball cards were an afterthought--if they were a thought at all--30 years ago. Not many collectors bought wax packs with the funky perforated "tri-cards" inside. You could buy them at blowout prices even a few years after the fact. Yes, the same issue that brought us what's now considered one of the most iconic basketball cards ever, the 1980-81 Topps Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rookie card (Dr. J was on it for good measure).
Scott Turken looks back at the card, a relic of his youth, and the era in hoops in this ESPN.com column.
Hockey card collectors have been opening up packs of Upper Deck's 2010-11 OPC product. Here's one man's opinion.