A collector in Minnesota is hoping to recover dozens of cards stolen in a home burglary Tuesday afternoon.
“I had slowly accrued these cards over the past 15-20 years and was hoping to give them to my two sons at some point,” he told us. “I’m keeping it in perspective and so thankful no one was hurt.”
Moos says he spent about eight hours between Tuesday night and early Wednesday cataloguing what was missing in case they showed up at local shops or online. Most of the cards were graded.
Among the stolen items were several 2013 Bowman Aaron Judge cards, several 2003 LeBron James rookie cards, some Peyton Manning and Tom Brady rookies, numerous PSA 10 Justin Jefferson rookies, a PSA 10 2015 Topps Chrome Refractor Adrian Peterson, several early 1990s Michael Jordan cards and a variety of others.
Rochester Police are investigating.
Topps isn’t just putting Julio Rodriguez on the front of its 2023 Series 1 Baseball packs. It’s creating a humorous marketing campaign around him.
“The J-Rod Show” transforms Rodríguez into “the main character of a variety of classic TV tropes, with Topps Series 1 at the focal point in unexpected ways,” according to Topps. The campaign will run through MLB Opening Day.
“It’s an honor to be the cover athlete for the 2023 Topps Baseball Series 1 Collection,” stated Rodríguez. “Coming from a small town in the Dominican Republic, it’s surreal to see this all come together. Working on this campaign with Topps was really special for me and I’m excited for all the fans and card collectors to check it out.”
The first segment–a cooking show spoof–dropped Wednesday:
Topps also took out ads on large electronic billboards in Times Square that began running Wednesday.
Topps has a new deal to produce cards for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance motorsports event.
Announced in Europe, the deal was brokered by Le Mans’ exclusive licensing agency IMG.
As a part of the partnership, Topps will provide exclusive trading cards from the iconic motorsport event. The first product will be released on Topps’ web properties and feature artwork from the original race posters from 1923-present.
“The history and heritage of the world’s greatest endurance race has always attracted collectors,” stated Stéphane Andriolo, Director of Customers and Events at the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. “We are very pleased to sign this partnership with Topps, the leading brand in trading cards. These products will allow all Le Mans 24 Hours enthusiasts to enjoy the race.”
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is held each year near the town of Le Mans, France and is the oldest currently running endurance racing event.
More cards from the collection of hobby pioneer Jefferson Burdick are no on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The new exhibition features over 130 cards produced between 1887 and 1953.
From the Met: “Collectively, they illustrate the history of baseball from the dead-ball era, at the turn of the nineteenth century, through the golden age and modern era of the sport. Produced using various types of media—from photography to lithography—the cards feature legends of the game as well as lesser-known players, owners, and teams that have contributed to the history of the game.”
The exhibit runs through July 18. The exhibit is free with admission to the Met.