Topps and Walmart are teaming up for yet another exclusive card set. Earlier this week, they announced the ‘Holiday’ set. On Thursday came word of 2016 Topps Archives Baseball 65th Anniversary Edition.
Each box will have 16 cards per pack with 15 base, parallel, insert or original buybacks and one autographed card. The checklist is a bit of an odd mix of Hall of Famers, rookies and all but forgotten names from the past. It’s available below.
The 65-card base set will feature every Topps base card design dating back to 1952. The cards will come with three parallels: Green Back (numbered to 15), Red Back (numbered to 50) and Black Back (numbered 1-of-1).
There will also be ten base card short prints with a player outside of the 65-card set depicted on a different design. There will also be rookie base card variations. Autographed versions of each will be very rare.
Base card autographs will have Green (# to 99), Red (# to 25), Black (1/1) and Printing Plate (1/1) variations.
Boxes will be available exclusively at Walmart beginning November 23 at $24.95
Within minutes of the announcement, Fanatics was offering a line of “2016 NL MVP” merchandise featuring Bryant. Autographed baseballs, jerseys and non-signed items are listed on the company’s website.
Both Bryant and AL MVP winner Mike Trout also have trading card exclusives with Topps.
The Los Angeles Kings have taken game-used and game-worn memorabilia in house.
The LA Kings Game-Used Merchandise and Memorabilia Store is now live at LAKingsGameUsed.com and at the Team LA Store at STAPLES Center. It features jerseys, sticks, helmets, skates, gloves and other items.
The Kings say “all items sold pass through a rigorous authentication process and will be met with a certificate of authentic guaranteeing the item.”
Each team-specific box has ten items, including autographs, game-used items and other fan-oriented memorabilia and are priced at $150-$350.
So far they’ve created boxes for all major New York teams, plus the Red Sox, Cubs and Notre Dame. There’s also one for Derek Jeter.