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Old 12-22-2009, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default Breaking News ! Topps reportedly lands Stephen Strasburg !

Topps reportedly lands exclusive memorabilia deal with Stephen Strasburg
December 22, 2009, 10:32 am


Topps has signed an exclusive memorabilia deal with No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg.

The multi-year deal grants the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards and the lone fully licensed maker of cards for Major League Baseball exclusive rights for autographs, game-used memorabilia cards as well as Strasburg’s image use on packaging and advertising.

In addition, Topps will also offer a line of autographed memorabilia.

It’s safe to say that landing Strasburg was likely not easy as other companies have tried to land the Washington Nationals pitcher, but instead have gone without him or made cards without using his name and likeness and included a small number of cut autographs in products.

It’s unclear whether the deal is exclusive for autographs, but Upper Deck’s foray into baseball cards without full licensing could have had a serious impact on Topps had the California-based company landed Strasburg and Topps had not.

In its formal announcement, Topps Sports & Entertainment GM Warren Friss praised the college star who went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA at San Diego State last season and won the Golden Spikes Award.

“Stephen is a very special talent,” Friss said. “When a phenom like him comes along, you do whatever you can to make them part of your team.”

In the coming weeks, Topps will unveil card designs and products featuring the Scott Boras client. And, like many collectors, even the pitcher can’t wait.

“I can’t wait to see myself in uniform on my first Topps card,” Strasburg said. “That’s when I know I will have truly made it as a baseball player.”

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Old 12-22-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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Very interesting!!
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:40 PM   #3
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Wonder if we can assume his 1st Chrome Auto will be the "big pull" of 2010 Bowman with Chrome, let's hope so!!
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I wonder if they could possibly make him a late addition to Sterling.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:17 PM   #5
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I wonder if they could possibly make him a late addition to Sterling.
I was thinking the same thing.

It makes sense for them to cram him in for '09, since it's very likely that he'll have RC-logo cards in 2010.
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That would be huge to get him into Sterling. Second case anyone
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:28 PM   #7
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That would be huge to get him into Sterling. Second case anyone
I forgot about getting him into Sterling, let's hope that happens!! Pat, I would be down for some more slots of a second case with Strasburg being added
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I forgot about getting him into Sterling, let's hope that happens!! Pat, I would be down for some more slots of a second case with Strasburg being added
I think we all would be down for a few more slots if they squeeze Stevie into Sterling.
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:37 PM   #9
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even if he were in Sterling, it would be a sticker auto. I'd wait for his chrome auto myself. too bad they couldn't get him earlier for bowman draft.
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Yeah... Too Bad It Wasn't In Time For Bowman Draft! =(
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even if he were in Sterling, it would be a sticker auto. I'd wait for his chrome auto myself. too bad they couldn't get him earlier for bowman draft.
It would be a redemption...easier to print those up than a run of actual cards.
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GREAT point! You know what that means pskell . . . .
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I'm willing to go out on a limb and predict that Topps will place him in as many products as they can next year, especially once he makes his Major League debut and can thus be included in base sets.

At this time, I'm guessing we'll see him in the following prospect products:

1) 2010 Topps Pro Debut Series 2
2) 2010 Finest (as a redemption, which will probably turn out to be autographed)
3) 2010 Bowman (as a base card, to build anticipation for his Chrome Auto)
4) 2010 Bowman Chrome Autograph
5) 2010 Bowman Draft Picks (in the MLB "Rookie Card" section of the checklist)
6) 2010 Bowman Sterling (on a "lovely" sticker auto)

And very likely in many more general products.
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there will be a pro debut series 2 ? thats weird
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Could Strasburg be in Pro Debut S1 in his AFL uni?
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Could Strasburg be in Pro Debut S1 in his AFL uni?
Nope, he has to be in a Milb jersey.
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:55 AM   #17
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Nope, he has to be in a Milb jersey.
photoshop ? i hate it when they do this , but they do it all the time
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