Topps apparently created corrected versions of two notable errors made during its NOW series of print-on-demand cards.
You might remember the lawsuit filed by one error collector who saw a Topps solicitation that showed a card with Josh Harrison’s first name spelled “John” and placed an order, only to receive a corrected version. The suit, filed on behalf of all collectors who ordered the “John” Harrison card was eventually dismissed. However, there are now a few eBay sellers offering the actual error card, which wasn’t part of the original production.
It’s certainly possible Topps created the error cards and sent them out to pacify those collectors who ordered the original. One seller told us he received the new card with a brief letter from Topps indicating it was essentially a gift. Only 386 Harrison cards were ordered back in July.
Sellers are also offering corrected versions of another error card that was printed and shipped to buyers. That one featured Mookie Betts and Nomar Garciaparra on the front instead of Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Correa. The backs were correct but the front was actually supposed to be for another card issued around the same time. A few of the corrected versions that were recently shipped to buyers are also listed for sale online.
We’ve reached out to Topps for more information but so far, the company hasn’t responded.
Traded cards are back—sort of. Topps has created NOW cards for some of the players traded during the MLB Winter Meetings this week. Like the cards issued in the final series of the 1972 set, these have the word ‘Traded’ in big letters across the front.
Six Traded cards were created including Yoan Moncada, Chris Sale, Lucas Giolito, Wade Davis, Jorge Soler and Adam Eaton. There’s also a card for Aroldis Chapman, who inked a big free agent deal to return to the New York Yankees.
The cards are only available until Friday afternoon via this link.
It’s no secret athletes are paid pretty good money per signature when they accept deals to sign cards or stickers for use in trading card products. We don’t always know how much, of course, but sports websites in Europe are abuzz about the money dished out to some of the world’s top soccer cards who signed stickers for Panini America awhile back.
The information came in The Football Leaks, a trove of player contracts, clauses and various other business arrangements revealed by a consortium of European newspapers.
The documents released by various websites there show superstars Christiano Ronoldo was paid $175,000 for 1,000 autographs while Neymar received $50,000 to sign 600 stickers.
Upper Deck will hold a conference for its Certified Diamond Dealers next month in Phoenix.
Upper Deck will be bringing in a variety of experts to present on ways that shops can improve their business. They’re also bringing in some special guests whose names haven’t been revealed to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
The event takes place at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel Jan. 11 and 12. There’s a welcome reception the night before.