Thursday, September 30, 2010

New! 2010 Chrome Baseball Rookies & Legends

For every twenty-four 2010 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby wrappers sent to Topps, collectors will receive an exclusive 3-card pack of Topps Chrome Rookies & Legends variation cards. In addition, every tenth 3-card pack will feature special Chrome Refractor versions! THIS IS A HOBBY PACK ONLY PROMOTION SO STOP BY OUR STORE OR ORDER ONLINE @

Send Wrappers to:

PO BOX 2230

Duryea, PA 18642

ATTN: Chrome Promotion

The deadline for the promotion is 2/28/11.

The 15-card subject list:


Jason Heyward

Austin Jackson

Stephen Strasburg

Mike Leake

Buster Posey

Starlin Castro

Ike Davis

Carlos Santana

Mike Stanton

Tyler Colvin


Babe Ruth

Lou Gehrig

Jackie Robinson

Ty Cobb

Mickey Mantle

Collector Wins Baseball Cards “Crown Jewel”

September 29, 2010 11:13 am
B.J. Hansen, MML News Director
Sonora, CA -- A Tuolumne County man has won what many consider the "crown jewel" of sports cards.

The Topps trading card company is running a promotion entitled "The Cards Your Mother Threw Out," with the most coveted card being a 1952 Mickey Mantle. Industry magazine Beckett lists the cards value up to $30,000, depending on its condition.

The winner of the Mantle card is Mark Davis, a restaurant manager at Diamondback Grill in Sonora.

The promotion is through the 2010 Topps series. One out of every six packs of cards has a promotional card with a code. Collectors then go to a website and type in the numbers to find out what card they have won.

Davis purchased a box of cards that included the pack at B.J.'s Cards and Collectibles in downtown Sonora.

"Obviously I was completely shocked and wasn't sure it was for real," says Davis. "Anybody that collects cards knows that the 1952 Mantle card is kind of the holy grail of all modern baseball cards, so I was very excited."

Davis has been in contact with marketing officials for Topps and they are working out the details about turning over the card to his possession. Davis does not know what type of condition the card will be in, which is critical to its value. The New York Times reports that a mint condition 1952 Mantle card sold at auction in 2001 for $275,000.

Davis, who has collected baseball cards off and on for many years, says he hasn't decided what he will do with the card.

He adds, "If it is extremely valuable, it would be difficult not to sell it, but on the other hand as a true collector, I've never really sold cards before, and it sure would be nice to have it in the collection."

Written by BJ Hansen

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Week #3: Topps NFL Rookie of the Week

Topps NFL Rookie of the Week #3 is Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller. The All-American out of Clemson University, drafted 9th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, scored his first NFL touchdowns on a 5-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick and a 95-yard kickoff return against the Patriots on Sunday.

All season long, collectors can walk into participating Home Team Advantage hobby shops and receive "Rookie of the Week" redemption cards when purchasing 2010 Topps Football products.

And every Tuesday, Topps will name a "Rookie of the Week" while holders of redemption cards for that particular week can log onto and receive their free exclusive card.

Week #1 Jahvid Best
Week #2 Demaryius Thomas
Week #3 C.J. Spiller
Week #4 ?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Topps announces the player redeemable for the 2010 Topps Baseball Series 2 RED HOT ROOKIE Redemption # 10 is Houston Astros first baseman Brett Wallace (images attached). In addition, 10% of collectors redeeming for this card will receive an AUTOGRAPHED version!

Each Topps Series 2 Hobby Box includes (1) RED HOT ROOKIE Redemption, which can be redeemed online at

Topps Customer Service Unveils Improved Replacement Option

New York, NY (September 28, 2010) – The Topps Company, Inc., today has announces a new option to help simplify and expedite the replacement of missing cards from hobby boxes.

Beginning immediately, any customer who failed to receive a card within the stated odds printed on its respective packaging can now contact Topps Customer Service electronically for replacements, eliminating the need to mail items in.

Customers can email and include their name and address, along with digital pictures in PDF format which must include the UPC symbol from the box with either an “X” or hole punched through the center, the wrapper from the pack with the missing card and a copy of the store receipt evidencing the purchase. Once we receive this email and confirm, we will expedite the process and ship your missing hit.

Strasburg updates recovery

Stephen Strasburg just held a conference call with reporters, updating everyone on his recovery from Tommy John surgery for the first time since undergoing the procedure on September 3.

I'll have a full story on later this afternoon, but among the highlights from Strasburg...

-- He had the cast removed from his right arm two weeks ago and has since been working on getting his range of motion back. He'll start the actual rehab process shortly. "It's healing very nicely."

-- So far, everything has gone according to plan. The recovery process from the ligament replacement surgery is so detailed, doctors have each of Strasburg's steps mapped out for the next 12 months, right down to the day he'll throw a professional pitch again. Strasburg said he hasn't been surprised by any aspect of the process to this point, which he's been told is a good thing. "The more boring it is, the better," he said.

-- With all this time off, Strasburg is resuming his academic career and continues to pursue his degree at San Diego State.

-- Strasburg said he's been watching the Nats closely since leaving them, though it's tough to watch his teammates and know he can't be there to assist. He did watch last night's debacle, saying: "It didn't look too good, that's for sure. It happens. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the win last night. Halladay pitched really well. But you know, we could very well be doing that in the next few years on their home turf. It would be nice to have some payback."

-- Despite the obvious setback, Strasburg will look at his rookie campaign as: "a great season. It's unfortunate for this to happen. But I was out there. I stirred up the baseball world well enough to have more people become Nats fans. And I know they're going to be there when I come back in a year."

Full story coming later on
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 3:43 PM