As spring training continues to roll on, recent news has brought Topps back to the fore-front of American collectors. For those who missed the exciting news, USA Baseball and the Topps Company announced an exclusive multi-year licensing deal to make Topps the official baseball card of USA Baseball. Topps will have exclusivity on USA Baseball trademarks, logos and other intellectual property, for use on cards featuring USA Baseball players.
“Twenty-five years after collectors were first introduced to USA Baseball, our organization is pleased to have Topps, the industry leader, return as the exclusive home for USA Baseball trading cards,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “We look forward to working closely with Topps as together we provide collectors with a look at the future of America’s game on trading cards.”
From 1984-1993 Topps was the exclusive card manufacturer for USA Baseball, producing cards for the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team. The new agreement calls for cards, autographs and game-used equipment of USA Baseball’s Collegiate, Under-18 and Under-16 National Team players to be featured in various Topps products each year.
“Now we’re the only trading card licensed by Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and USA Baseball,” said Warren Friss, Vice President – General Manager of Topps Sports and Entertainment. “We are covering the game of baseball at every level.”
Each year USA Baseball selects about 60 of the best young baseball players in the country for its national teams. This gives collectors the first opportunity to see the future stars of baseball on cards. The first release with the new USA Baseball content will be 2010 Bowman Baseball which will be released in May. Bowman Baseball 2010 will feature cards of the 2009 Collegiate National Team and 2009 Under-18 National Team.
In addition to the Topps sets featuring USA Baseball inserts, the annual USA Baseball National Teams Box Set will also be manufactured by Topps and will continue to be the exclusive place to get all members of the USA Baseball National Team in one set. The box set is scheduled for a December release in 2010.
2010 Topps and Bowman baseball cards will be available soon from Canada Card World.