Collectors who took a long look at the 2015 Topps Chrome checklist may have noticed something they weren’t expecting: five extra cards.
Word from Topps is that they hustled to print Chrome cards of five rookies who weren’t originally scheduled to be in the product, pushing the base set from 200 to 205 cards.
That’s the good news.
The bad news for collectors on a budget is that they will be short prints.
The cards are:
201 Noah Syndergaard
202 Francisco Lindor
203 Byron Buxton
204 Joey Gallo
205 Carlos Correa
The checklist had already included numerous rookies including Kris Bryant, Joc Pederson, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler.
Speaking on the company’s Topps Talk podcast, brand manager Zvee Geffen said the arrival of numerous impact rookies this season has been a “blessing and a curse” as the company tries to make release date while trying to get cards made of the popular young players who’ve been called up during the last few months.
Chrome is slated for hobby release next week but some boxes have already made it to retail shops. A few of the SPs have already made their way to eBay.
Good spotting by SC Daily reader Mark Fricke who recently discovered an error/variation in the 2015 Topps flagship set. Vidal Nuno’s photo from card #116 was mistakenly used again on Patrick Corbin’s card (#558).
In the recently released factory set, Corbin’s correct picture is used.
Looking at eBay it still doesn’t appear as if everyone has picked up on it.
A new boxing autograph authentication service has launched.
WBC Authentication is being operated by long-time collector Travis Roste and colleague Shawn Anderson, who specializes in Muhammad Ali.
“We wake up boxing and we go to sleep boxing,” they say on their website. “We wouldn’t know a Charlie Chaplin or Charles Lindbergh signature but we do know Ezzard Charles and that is what collectors come to us for as they respect our specialization and dedication to one discipline, boxing. We stick to our bread and butter.”
Fees start at $35 and up.