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VIDEO: The Topps Vault

For years, it was all locked inside a giant storage facility.  One by one over the last few years, however, the little one-of-a-kind gems from Topps’ past have filtered ouOriginal Topps Photo 1962 Stamps Frank Robinsont through ongoing eBay auctions.

From the start, it was clear that collectors would pay for virtually anything the company loaded into a listing.

Printing proofs.  Old photos used for cards and other Topps’ products.  Original artwork used for the little cartoon drawings that have been a staple of all of the company’s product lines.  Even signed contracts that allowed Topps to use a player’s photo in return for a small check or a gift.

The eBay auctions continue under the direction of long-time employee Mike Jaspersen and some of the items were on display at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

He took time to talk with us about the history of the vault and his role as sort of a Topps Vault curator.

Want to see what’s up for bid now inside the Topps Vault? Click here to see the eBay listings.

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Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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  1. [...] Mike Jaspersen of Topps posted on the Sports Collector page on Facebook (note I am the admin for the site and we're looking for tons of new members) that not only would there be 2013 Topps Mini boxes for sale at the NSCC but also those boxes will contain the first Yasiel Puig non-redemption autographs. Last year we did a review of the 2012 Topps mini box and we expect to have a review of the 2013 box as well this year. [...]

  2. [...] watched the auction of thousands of pieces over the years, Topps’ Mike Jasperson, who oversees the Vault, likely has a pretty good understanding of how collectors value even one-of-a-kind items from [...]

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