It took 108 years, but the once woebegone franchise in Chicago is now on top of the baseball world. Topps went to work quickly after the seventh game, announcing plans for Cubs World Series baseball cards. They’ve put together a couple of different products that are now being offered to fans and collectors.
First up are the popular Topps NOW products. The company created a special 2016 World Series Championship team set. Cards feature various color action shots with the Topps NOW logo up in the left hand corner. ‘2016’ is displayed in the upper right corner with the Cubs logo, name, and ‘World Series Champions’ logo all at the bottom.
The product included a total of 15 cards. They were only available for five days but you can still buy them on eBay.
A second Topps NOW option was available with their autograph edition. The set is the same as described above, but this version included one on-autograph card. While the standard release is set to ship within 3-5 business days, the autograph edition will not ship until 8-12 weeks after purchase.
Some autograph parallels will be numbered to 199, 99, 49, 25, 10, and one. These will replace the regular autographs for some collectors. Eight players will be available per the site. Schwarber, Baez, Contreras, and Heyward will have 1:5 odds and Bryant, Russell, Rizzo, and Albert Almora will have 1:10.
In addition to the Topps NOW sets, the company is offering a special Cubs World Series blaster box type card set. These boxes retail for $24.99 and will ship before the holidays. They will also be available in Target and Wal-Mart stores. The box includes 25 exclusive Cubs World Series champions cards. Interestingly, as noted earlier, they weren’t slated to be released if the Cleveland Indians won the series. We suspect they’ll be among the top sellers among the many top gifts for Cubs fans this year.
Less information is known about this product, but the set will include a mix of players and postseason highlights commemorating the World Series. Despite the checklist being unknown, it is likely that most of the same players in the Topps NOW set would be included.