With the sale to a new group of investors, Arthur Shorin can look back on the legacy of a company that became an American icon. From 1952 baseball cards to memorabilia cards and the crazy products in between like Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packs, Shorin had plenty of material when he down for an in-house interview.
Arthur Shorin has seen it all during his long career with Topps. He helped the company rise from a gum maker in the shadow of World War II to the $300+ million company it is today and fondly recalls the start of the company’s baseball card production.
In a two-part series done by ToppsTV, Shorin reveals details about a potentially catastrophic 1980–when Topps nearly went under– owing creditors $14 million and needing another $7 million to stay alive.
He also recalls the year when a hot Topps candy product had some federal government investigators trying to determine whether it might contain drugs.
Arthur Shorin interview: Part I
Shorin interview Part II