Austin-Judge Debut Team For TOPPS NOW Card

Austin-JudgeA lot of firsts at Yankee Stadium on Saturday… and a new one from Topps to mark the occasion.

Yankees rookies Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge’s historic debut, in which each hit home runs in their respective first at bats—back-to-back, no less—have earned them their first Topps Card as part of the highly successful ToppsNow Card program, which provides fans with daily card cards for purchase.

Whereas fans in previous years would have had to wait months for the card, they can order an unlimited number for the next 24 hours at Topps.com and receive the card within 3-5 business days.

TOPPS NOW was launched at the start of the MLB season and has been a tremendous hit among fans with hundreds of thousands of cards ordered to date.

Ichiro Suzuki set a one day sales record of over 11,550 cards sold for following his 3,000th hit last week. New York Mets’ Bartolo Colon is the second-most most ordered TOPPS NOW card of 2016 with over 8,000 cards delivered following the All-Star pitcher’s unbelievably glorious home run against the San Diego Padres in May.

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox has the third-most demanded card to date with over 4,500 cards ordered for his memorable All-Star Game helmet tip. The TOPPS NOW Ichiro commemorative relic card marked only the second time such a TOPPS NOW relic card has been offered.  The first TOPPS NOW commemorative relic card offer which featured All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals sold out in just 20 minutes.

Tanaka, deGrom Among Topps ‘National Baseball Card Day’ Set

topps-degrom-333Topps, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) have announced that they are joining with hobby stores to celebrate National Baseball Card Day on Saturday, with limited edition six-card packs available at participating shops around the country.

The 2016 National Baseball Card Day card designs and checklist was unveiled Wednesday during the 37th National Sports Collectors Convention. These unique cards feature some of today’s best players, such as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and David Ortiz, with an additional card available as a gift with a $10 Topps purchase at local participating hobby stores.

Yankees on the Checklist include Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino (base cards) and Greg Bird (autograph card). Mets in the series are David Wright, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom (base; deGrom also has a card in the autograph series).

“We are always looking for ways to introduce or reintroduce the local hobby stores to consumers and National Baseball Card day is an exciting new avenue we have to do this,” said David Leiner, Topps’ GM and Vice President of North American Sports and Entertainment. “It’s great to partner with Major League Baseball and the Players Association for the day to amplify the whole event as well.”

As part of the celebration, fans can also visit participating hobby retailers for special gifts with select purchases, contests and giveaways throughout National Baseball Card Day.  Fans can follow along with the day’s happenings across the official social channels of Topps, MLB and the MLBPA using #BaseballCardDay. Related online contests and giveaways are also planned throughout the day and during the week leading up to the event.

Major Leaguers will demonstrate their support of National Baseball Card Day on Friday, August 12, when players in select ballparks will be giving away some sample packs from the field prior to games that day.

“National Baseball Card Day is an opportunity for fans to enjoy the time-honored tradition of card collecting in the middle of a very competitive MLB season,” said Steve Armus, MLB Senior Vice President, Consumer Products.  “With cards featuring MLB’s top exciting young stars and David Ortiz in his final season, this set has plenty to offer baseball card collectors.”

“National Baseball Card Day is a great way to celebrate the rich tie between fans and Major League baseball players,” said Evan Kaplan, Director, Licensing and Business Development at the Major League Baseball Players Association. “There’s a special feeling when opening a pack of baseball cards and finding your favorite player.”

Ultra Pro will also be supplying a limited number of “one touch” card cases as an additional purchase incentive. National Baseball Card Day packs will include a special Topps BUNT promotional code card for baseball fans to experience the digital side of card collecting and Topps has also randomly inserted autographed cards in select packs.

For more information, to find your local participating hobby retailer or purchase cards, please visit Topps.com/promotions or MLBShop.com/topps.

Former Yankee Ichiro Honored By Topps For 3000th Hit

Ichiro-3000-2He may have posted only slightly more than 10% of his hits with the Yankees, but Ichiro Suzuki‘s run in pinstripes was mostly a success.

The all-time combined Japanese and MLB hit king was a fan favorite in his two-plus years in the Bronx, and more than a few Yankee fans likely followed his chase for 3,000 hits in earnest.

When he reached that goal with the best of hits—a triple—yesterday, Topps honored the career .312 hitter with a TOPPS NOW card to commemorate the event.

Cards will only be available to order for 24 hours from Topps.com and then ship to fans within 3-5 business days. TOPPS NOW was launched at the start of the MLB season and has been a tremendous hit among fans with hundreds of thousands of cards ordered to date.

Piazza to Make History Again with TOPPS BUNT Digital Signatures This Weekend

liveaction_1_blue_nym_mike_piazza_lThe TOPPS Company and their fast-growing digital platform, TOPPS MLB BUNT today announced that New York Mets Hall of Famer Mike Piazza will make history this Saturday, when he conducts a real time customized digital autograph signing this weekend as part of The Baseball Card Show in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It is the first time TOPPS will conduct a virtual signing in real time for a global audience, after a successful test of the platform during the All-Star Game in San Diego.

“Our digital fans have become more accustomed to accessing and engaging with our content in the digital world more this year than ever before, and we are pleased to be able to work with Mike and his team to create this once in a lifetime digital personalized card to Mets fans, and baseball fans, around the world this Saturday,” said Chris R. Vaccaro, Editor-In-Chief / Director of App Production for TOPPS. “This type of digital product is unlike anything that has been done before for fans, and we think will open up a new and unique way for fans to engage with the biggest and brightest stars of the game almost in real-time.”

Piazza will use an iPad and digital stylus to sign card images with personalizations and inscriptions to a select number of fans, who are able to acquire “live signature tickets” via the Topps MLB BUNT application this week. He will also sign other cards, all of which will be published for consumers within 24 hours from anywhere in the world.

Topps previously did an event Noah Syndergaard at MLB All-Star FanFest in San Diego. It was the first of its kind and was consumer facing with fans meeting the Mets star live at the event while he signed their digital signatures. Topps also did a “virtual line” of people who got shout outs on social media with their personalizations from Syndergaard.

Topps MLB BUNT 2016 features the easiest way to collect your favorite MLB teams, players and moments in the palm of your hand. New content and exclusive cards are released on a daily basis during the season, and cards can be traded within the Topps BUNT community instantly and worldwide. Players can take their cards into contests and earn points in real-time based on the card style and the player’s real-world performance.

Topps MLB BUNT 2016 is available for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and in the Google Play Store for Android devices. Topps MLB BUNT 2016 is officially licensed by Major League Baseball Advanced Media and by Major League Baseball Players Association.

TOPPS NOW To Highlight All-Star Game With Weeklong Set Beginning Today

Syndergaard 100 KsTOPPS NOW, the popular trading cards featuring MLB’s best moments immediately after they occur, will have a new wrinkle over the next week as they join in the celebration of the Midsummer Classic with special All-Star themed cards beginning today through Wednesday, July 13.

Each day, another set of starting players will be featured and available to fans for a limited time. Today’s launch features the American League’s starting infielders: Salvador Perez, Royals, C; Eric Hosmer, Royals, 1B; Jose Altuve, Astros, 2B; Manny Machado, Orioles, 3B; Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox, SS.

In addition to the starting lineups, Topps will launchy a commemorative Tony Gwynn/Ken Griffey Jr. card which will also be available at MLB Fan Fest, as well as cards highlighting the top votegetter, starting pitchers, Home Run Derby champ and top players from Tuesday’s game.

The daily schedule is as follows:

– Wednesday 7/6: AL All-Star starting infielders
– Thursday: NL All-Star starting infielders
– Friday: AL All-Star starting outfielders
– Saturday: NL All-Star starting outfielders
Launch of Gwynn/Griffey card that will also be available at FanFest.
– Sunday: All-Star top votegetter
– Monday: All-Star starting pitchers
– Tuesday – Home Derby champ
– Wednesday – All-Star Game cards

Flores, Teixera Earn ToppsNow Cards

FloresThe Mets’ Wilmer Flores and Yankees’ Mark Teixeira both earned their first-ever ToppsNow cards today, the daily cards produced for the first time this year by Topps and MLB to honor the best moments every day of the MLB season. Flores record-tying six hit day against the Cubs, and Teixeira ‘s two homer day against the Padres (which put him over 400 career) gave fans the opportunity to purchase the cards now until 2:00 pm Tuesday. Cards are received within three business days.

The program has been a huge success for Topps thus far, with over 125,000 cards sold since Opening Day. The Mets’ Bartolo Colon remains the most purchased one day card with over 8,8oo on May 8th , with the Nationals’ Max Scherzer being second for one day sales with over 3,700 on May 12.  The Cubs have the most cards (13) with Boston, Washington, and LA Dodgers right behind with 12 cards to date.

McGraw, Kimmel, Breuer at Citi Field Among Topps First Pitch Series

BreuerTopps today released its Series 2 cards for 2016, and included in select packages are inserts of Celebrity First Pitch cards, including four done at Citi Field last year: singer Tim McGraw, late night host Jimmy Kimmel, comedian and Mets superfan Jim Breuer and actor-producer Edward Burns. They are available at hobby stores, retail outlets and topps.com.

Some of the other celebs in the set are model Nina Agdal (Angels), former president George H.W. Bush (Astros), actress Lea Thompson (Dodgers) and golfer Tom Watson (Royals).

Series 2 also includes the rookie card of Gary Sanchez of the Yankees.

Topps 2016 Archives Set To Release “Bull Durham” Commemorative Cards on June 1

Costner-Bull Durham CardsThe insert set features seven cards of characters from the popular movie, including Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins), Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), Anne Savoy (Susan Sarandon) and Larry Hackett (Robert Wuhl).

May 26, 2016- New York: Topps “Archives Baseball” product which celebrates Topps’ history showcasing designs from past years will honor the characters of the legendary film “Bull Durham” when the product is released on June 1, it was officially announced today.

The seven card insert will include images of the biggest names in the film, which was released originally in June of 1988. It includes signed cards By Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, as well as images of actor Robert Wuhl and Tim Robbins. All the information will be located on Topps.com and images for media are available on request.

This year’s base set includes designs from 1953, 1979, and 1991. There’s also a nod to other years such as 1984, 1985 and 1986. Last year’s release included a 10-card set of Will Ferrell featuring him on 10 different teams. In Spring Training in 2015, he played with nine teams (was a coach on another) in an effort to raise money for charity. In 2014, Topps included inserts of stars from the movie, “Major League,” including Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Tom Berenger, Margaret Whitton and others.

710 WOR Will Re-Broadcast 1986 World Series Game 6 On Thursday

Carter jersey (Rudy Riet)

Carter jersey (Rudy Riet)

The New York Mets’ radio flagship, 710 WOR-AM/New York, announced today that, it will re-air the entire radio broadcast of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox, as a prelude to a Memorial Day weekend-long tribute at Citi Field to the 1986 Championship team.

The special presentation will air on Thursday, May 26, and begin at 6:00pm ET with a 60-minute preshow hosted by WOR’s “Sports Zone” host Pete McCarthy, with contributions from Mets broadcasters Howie Rose, Josh Lewin, and Wayne Randazzo.  The show will feature interviews with members of the 1986 Mets “Dream Team” Mookie Wilson, Ray Knight, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling, as well as Gary Thorne, who along with Bob Murphy did the play-by-play for the 1986 radio broadcast.

Then at 7:00pm ET, WOR will unlock the vaults to let listeners relive the night when the Mets’ World Series fortunes turned around in dramatic fashion.  After a special introduction from the current voice of the Mets, Howie Rose, listeners will be treated to every call from the late, great Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy and Gary Thorne…just as they were heard almost 30 years ago.

“We all know how the game turned out, and we’ve all heard Bob Murphy’s epic call countless times; but to get the full flavor of one of the greatest moments in Mets history you really need to listen from start to finish,” said Howie Rose. “Allow yourself to escape to a moment in time when every pitch and every play would define the Mets season, providing proper context to a comeback that somehow seems even harder to believe today than it did thirty years ago,” Rose added.

Mets fans will also be able to hear all the special commemorative festivities from Citi Field on WOR over Memorial Day weekend, as the station will carry the entire 1986 30th Anniversary Ceremony on Saturday May 28th beginning at 6:05pm with an extended Mets Pregame Show.

Additionally, all fans in attendance at the May 27 game will receive a 1986 replica jersey, and the first 15,000 fans to arrive at the May 29 game will receive a 1986 championship replica ring.  Tickets are available at mets.com/1986.

As the flagship radio station of the New York Mets, WOR is New York’s oldest radio station and one of the country’s top rated talk stations.  Founded in 1922, it was one of the first radio stations in America to use directional antenna to increase the scope and range of its broadcast, and is one of the best radio broadcast signals in the U.S.

‘Reign Men’ – Dynasty Debate On Sunday at Yogi Berra Museum

Casey-Crystal-BallBaseball has always had supreme rulers. Even teams more known for their ineptitude – the St. Louis Browns and Chicago Cubs – once dominated America’s pastime.

As Casey Stengel said, you could look it up: The Browns won four straight pennants in the late 1880s and the pre-cursed Cubs won four pennants between 1906-10.

Of course, the Yankees, with 27 world championships, are widely acknowledged as baseball’s most dynastic franchise, beginning with their rush to greatness in the early 1920s.
But are baseball dynasties dead? If so, which team had the greatest?

An esteemed panel of baseball experts will debate “Reign Men” baseball’s best dynasties at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J., on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m.

The panel includes: Marty Appel, one of America’s most informed baseball historians and author of “Pinstripe Empire: From Before the Babe to After the Boss;” Hal Bock, a longtime Associated Press sportswriter and author of “The Chicago Cubs’ Last Dynasty;” Howard Megdal, editorial director of Excelle Sports and author of “The Cardinals Way”and Dan Schlossberg, author of 38 books, including “When the Braves Ruled the Diamond.”

Regular Museum admission entitles attendance for “Reign Men.” Each panelist’s most recent book will also be available for purchase and signed by the author. For more info: (973) 655-2378.