As the only card company with a Major League Baseball license, Topps makes sure to keep the hobby relevant throughout the entire calendar year with new products. In August, no month has been busier this season than the one we’re presently in. From the recently completed National Baseball Card day, to the upcoming retail and hobby releases, there’s truly something for everyone.
At the beginning of August, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL hosted the National Sports Card Collectors Convention. It’s the biggest show in the country and rotates between sites each year. Highlighted in the baseball realm by the release of the always anticipated Topps Chrome, plenty of wax was ripped through during the Wednesday-Sunday event. As the doors shuddered on the show though, the card offerings don’t come to a close.
Last week a middle-end product offering debuted in the form of Topps Tribute. It’s a hit driven product with gorgeous thick stock acetate cards and on-card autographs. That was followed by the aforementioned National Baseball Card Day, and then this week saw the launch of a must have product every cycle.
Topps Heritage is one of the most important offerings to set builders each year, and High Number is the “Update” version of the line. Including all the top rookies and displaying them in throwback designs (1970 this year), it’s a can’t miss offering for collectors. High Number was joined in release with the relaunch of Bowman Sterling, a prospect offering featuring a different design than the traditional Bowman line, but still done up in Chrome stock.
Like Heritage before it, next week’s Archives is among the notable sets on a yearly basis as well. Taking current players and putting them in throwback cards is always enjoyable for collectors. This year you’ll find base cards with designs from 1958, 1975, and 1993. To bookend the month with another hit-driven product, Topps Five Star is a one-pack, two-card offering that has some of the most impressive patch autographs the hobby can deliver.
In total August is a collector’s haven. Topps has something for every budget and it’s impossible to overlook just how impressive the lineup this month is. Make sure to check out your local card store or retail corner for your next hobby purchase soon!