Topps is bringing back its holiday hobby shop promotion with free mini packs of Bowman Chrome-style cards available at participating stores.
Packs carry three cards with randomly inserted autographs possible. The cards carry a “Topps Holiday 2019” logo. The checklist (see below) includes prospects, players from this year’s rookie class and some veterans.
You’ll have to spend twice as much to get a pack this year. Last year, they were free with a $10 purchase. This year, they’re still free but you’ll have to spend at least $20 on Topps products to acquire one.
The promotion is open now and will run until supplies last.
Not everyone goes to Beverly Hills to gaze at fancy houses and buy expensive clothes.
Some go to buy trading cards.
Thankfully for long-time hobby shop owner Matt Federgreen, they’ve come regularly since the 1980s when he opened his store.
The customers are still coming today—more than in a very long time, it seems. The rise of Mike Trout and what seems like a conveyer belt of super talented young stars that never stops hasn’t hurt and the internet also helps move cards through the website he and partner Zack Grakal own, CaliforniaSportsCards.com.
Like a lot of hobby long timers, though, Federgren isn’t that crazy about the gambling aspect of today’s pack rippers. It’s why he creates “assignments” for his younger collectors, an attempt to teach them a love of sports history as they build their collections.
You can read a story about the shop–and the hobby in general– on LosAngeleno.com.
In Lincoln, NE, shop owner Wes Johnson will celebrate an anniversary this month. While there are no major pro sports teams in the state, there are plenty of sports fans and enough collectors to keep the doors open for 29 years.
The University of Nebraska’s student newspaper dropped in recently and produced this story.