Topps is hoping to strike while the Obama iron is hot, producing a new card featuring autographs from a pair of pioneers.
The first sports card to feature autographs of the first African-American baseball player and first African-American U.S. President hits the market when Topps American Heritage arrives next month.
American Heritage will fuse the popular Topps Heritage brand name, a selection of classic Topps designs as well as new designs and tell the story of the United States through sports, politics, the arts and pop culture.
The Jackie Robinson cut autograph is paired with a Barack Obama autographed cut and made into a dual-autographed foldout card that will be a 1-of-1 insert. Obama autographed items will be much harder to find with the former senator now occupying the White House and not always mingling with the public. During his first address to a joint session of Congress, the president’s former House and Senate colleagues cast aside party lines and lined up to grab an autograph from the historic moment.
The set features an array of autographs, relic cards and cut signatures from every U.S. President. Each hobby box will guarantee two such hits.
Boxes of 2008 Topps American Heritage are already available for sale.
The product breakdown is as follows:
BASE CARDS (150)
Heroes of the Revolution (10 subjects) – 1962 design
Explorers (10 subjects) – 1955
Inventors (10 subjects) – 1963
Writers(10 subjects) – 1953
Industrialists (10 subjects) – 1983
Military Leaders (10 subjects) – 1956
Civil Rights Leaders (10 subjects) – 1968
Artists (10 subjects) – 1973
Entertainers (10 subjects) – 1975
Statesmen & Jurists (10 subjects) – 1974
Great American Events (25 subjects) – 1961
2008 Election Collection (25 subjects) – 1971
Chrome Parallel sequentially numbered to 1776.
Chrome Refractor Parallel sequentially numbered to 76.
American Legends: (18) Includes baseball’s immortals. Sequentially #’d to 199.
American Icons: (10) Baseball’s icons off the field. Sequentially #’d to 99.
American Presidents: (44) Featuring all the U.S. Presidents on the 1952 Topps design (1:6)
American Celebrities (10) Featuring American celebrities (1:12)
Presidential Patches Includes a manufactured letter from the last name of every president. Sequentially #’d to 50.
American Legends Relics (15 subjects) – Featuring baseball’s all-time greats. Sequentially #’d to 25
American Legends Duals Relics (5 cards) #’d to 20.
American Legends 8-piece (2 cards) #’d to 1.
American History, Monuments & Presidential Relics (50+ subjects). Will include relic pieces from presidents, historic places and special events.
American Celebrity Relics (10 subjects)
Presidential Cut Signatures (43 subjects). #’d to 1. Every President in US history.
American Legends Cut Signatures (10 subjects) Featuring baseball greats such as babe Ruth. #’d to 1
American Legends & Presidents Dual (3 cards) #’d to 1
American History Cut Signatures (25 subjects) U.S. Historical figures #’d to 1
American History Dual Cut Signatures (5 cards) #’d to 1
American History Quad Cut Signatures (3 cards) #’d to 1
American Cut Signature Relics (3 subjects) Includes a cut signature and a relic tied a specific event or place related to the subject #’d to 1.
American Celebrity Autographs (10 subjects)
Each 8-card pack carries a $3.00 SRP.