The 2020 Topps Industry Conference wrapped up Tuesday, a day after an appearance by Cubs star Kris Bryant at the three-day gathering of shop owners, distributors and others connected to the company. The event is taking place at the Wild Horse Hotel and Casino in Chandler, AZ, where spring training is underway.
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— Topps (@Topps) February 25, 2020
Among the highlights:
*Topps Stadium Club will get a standalone Chrome Update product that will release in November. The $70 SRP boxes will include one autograph along with cards from a 400 card set: 300 players from the regular TSC set and 100 new cards, presumably rookies and others not previously featured. Several parallel cards will be along for the ride in each 14-pack box and Superfractors will be in the mix as well.
*Allen & Ginter is getting a Chrome set, too. It’s a hobby-only release. That’ll make three Ginter-branded products this year, if you’re scoring along (standard, the online-only Ginter X and the new Chrome version).
*Topps Sterling is coming back this spring with two themed packs per box. It’s a higher end product with an SRP of $500 per box. All autograph relics will be numbered to 25 or less or a 1/1 relic card.
*White Sox super prospect Luis Robert will be featured in Topps Series 2 baseball.
*Pro Debut will be offered in Jumbo form this year with six chrome parallels and three autographs in each box.
*Bowman Transcendent—with a $15,000 SRP—is coming in August. There’s also going to be “Hall of Fame” edition in May in addition to the standard Transcendent product that will be released next winter. Bryce Harper is lined up to be the guest at the annual Transcendent party.
*After a five-year hiatus, Topps is bringing back WWE Chrome. Finest WWE is also coming with Steve Austin die cuts and a new product called Fully Loaded will offer autos from Vince McMahon along with jumbo mat relics with autographs. Look for table, ladder, chair and turnbuckle relic cards.
*Look for Topps One Of One where fans and collectors can create a card design that will be printed by the company and returned to them at an event where they can then be signed by the athlete. There was no immediate word on which player or players might be included.
Thanks to Mike Fruitman of Mike’s Stadium Sportscards for helping piece together the information from the Conference.