Washington Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg makes his Major League debut Tuesday and Topps will be at the ballpark ready to serve up a special Strasburg rookie card as soon as he fires his firsst pitch.
The card will be made available exclusively online via www.toppsmillion.com immediately following his first pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Collectors can take a code card found in Topps Series 1 or Topps Series 2 baseball to the website for a chance to unlock the special card.
Strasburg’s Topps rookie card will contain the photo of his very first pitch and will be issued in “very limited quantities”, according to a news release.
“Topps has a long history of creating memorable and valuable cards featuring the games great rookie stars, from Mickey Mantle to Nolan Ryan to Cal Ripken, Jr. to Albert Pujols. We expect Stephen Strasburg’s rookie card to follow in similar fashion”, said Warren Friss, Topps GM of Sports & Entertainment.
“Our enormously successful online Million Card Giveaway provides us a unique platform to capture and deliver Stephen’s first MLB rookie card in an unprecedented and incredibly timely fashion. Before Stephen even hits the showers, the very first Strasburg rookie card will likely be owned by at least one lucky collector.”
Last year Topps announced an exclusive multi-year deal with Strasburg granting Topps exclusive rights for autographed cards, game-used memorabilia cards and the use of Strasburg’s image on packaging and advertising. Topps will also offer a limited edition line of autographed memorabilia items.
In addition, Strasburg rookie cards will appear in the remainder of Topps 2010 baseball products starting with the release of Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball.