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    Ted Taylor has been a life-long baseball fan and collector of baseball cards and sports memorabilia. He began writing a hobby column back in the early 1970s and has been writing it someplace ever since. He was first president of The Eastern Pennsylvania Sports Collectors Club and co-promoter of the Philadelphia Baseball Card & Sports Memorabilia Shows. He served as VP of the Fleer Corporation (1991-97) and was co-founder and the first President of The Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society (1996-99). Ted can be heard playing big band and swing music from 8 a.m. to noon every Tuesday on WRDV-FM (89.3), and you can email him at ted@tedtaylor.com.

Ted Taylor's previous three books . . .
  "The Ultimate Philadelphia Athletics Reference Book (1901-54)" available from www.amazon.com
  "The Duke of Milwaukee - The Life and Times of Al Simmons" available from www.EduPublisher.com or by mail from TTA Authentic LLC, PO Box 273, Abington PA 19001 ($15 ppd.).

  "The Glenside Kid” – a story about growing up in the mid-20th century - available from www.eduPublisher.com or by mail from TTA Authentic LLC, P. O. Box 273, Abington PA 19001 ($24 ppd).

Click here for information on Ted's latest book . . .
“20th Century PHILLIES by the numbers”
Or . . . You can’t tell the players without a scorecard

December 12, 2016

This continues our 41st Year of hobby columns

Merry Christmas everyone…

Ted Taylor’s Collector’s Corner

2016 Topps trots out $25k card product

Transcendent Collection Baseball Offers Guaranteed Autographs of Living Legends
and a Once-In-a-Lifetime Experience with Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant

The Topps Company Prepares to Unveil the Most Premium Trading Cards Ever Produced

It was bound to happen. Topps has cooked up a limited edition box of cards (only 65 exist) that will sell for $25,000 each – or more. Note to wife: I do not expect to find one under my Christmas tree.

          It’s traditional that baseball cards regularly offer opportunities to find amazing cards featuring autographs of all-time greats or cut signatures of yesterday’s legends. Contests can also give you a chance to win awesome experiences.

But Topps has not only pushed the envelope, it has given it a bigtime shove. It’s called the Transcendent Collection Baseball. This release contains 50 framed autographs from nearly 40 of today’s greatest living signers. Plus, a cut signature from a sports or pop culture icon such as Babe Ruth, George Washington (wonder how our first President would like being called a pop culture icon?) or Christy Mathewson. Safe to say no one ever did this before.

To top it off, each box of Topps Transcendent Collection guarantees an invitation to an exclusive experience with World Series Champion and reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant. The 65 box limit (do the math, if they sell out they get $1.6 million. For that they can afford some goodies. Why 65 boxes? It’s because of their on-going celebration of the company’s 65th anniversary.

“This product is a totally unique offering,” said Topps Brand Manager Zvee Geffen. “Not only does it offer some of the most collectible trading cards ever made, but it connects fans with their heroes literally and physically.”

Beyond the premium trading cards, 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection offers an experience unlike any other. Each box contains an invitation to the exclusive Topps 65th Anniversary Party featuring Cubs star Kris Bryant on January 18, 2017 in Las Vegas. The experience includes hotel accommodations, cocktails, dinner, special gifts, and memories to last a lifetime. How about airfare? If I have to spring for it, I will since they are picking up everything else.

“Going to an event like this is every sports fan’s dream,” said David Leiner, Vice President and General Manager of the North American Sports and Entertainment Division at Topps. “You can’t get this type of experience anywhere else. Whoever gets to go to the event will meet Kris Bryant in an intimate setting and talk to one of the best young players in today’s game. It’s going to be amazing.”

Anyone who opens a specially made box of 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection is guaranteed low-numbered and rare autographs from current living legends such as Ichiro, Nolan Ryan, Kris Bryant, Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron, Carl Yastrzemski, Vin Scully, Mike Trout and Derek Jeter. Transcendent Collection also goes beyond baseball to offer scarce signed cards of soccer legend Pelé and famous Star Wars actor Daisy Ridley.

The contents of every 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection box were meticulously curated to ensure the highest quality and the best collectibles. In addition, each box contains cards that cannot be found anywhere else such as a one-of-a-kind Kris Bryant autographed card, and a unique art card that was hand-crafted by a top artist.

2016 Topps Transcendent Collection Baseball released on Friday, December 9, 2016 with a suggested retail price of $25,000. This limited product won’t be available for long. What the odds of a quick sell out?

Topps 2016 High Tek Baseball

            It comes in a black box, has one pack of eight cards and costs around $60 – that makes it one expensive product. My pack had a signed Luis Gonzalez card and two Sonny Gray cards, one of which is a parallel of the other. The cards are acetate and the designs vary. I suppose this will excite younger collectors, as for me, it doesn’t do much more than offer confusion.

            High Tek Baseball opts for quality over quantity but that doesn't mean the release is without a variety of collecting choices. Emphasizing acetate and various designs, each box includes one on-card autograph. Like lasy year the base set takes center stage with a mix of parallels and multiple patterns.

Topps and Mike Trout extend exclusive agreement

            South Jersey’s Mike Trout, one of the most vibrant Major League Baseball stars in the game continues his exclusive partnership with Topps, one of the most iconic names in baseball.  

           Trout, the 2014 and 2016 American League MVP, and Topps, the exclusive trading card partner of Major League Baseball, will continue their partnership making Topps the exclusive home of Trout’s autograph trading cards for years to come.

           Trout, the Angels’ superstar outfielder, has been one of the most exciting players since his 2011 MLB debut. Trout won the American League Rookie of the Year in 2012, captured MVP honors in 2014 and 2016, and finished second in MVP voting three other times – in just his first five years.

           “Topps has been my home since I was drafted,” Trout said. “I’m so happy to be part of the Topps family and look forward to working with this innovative company for many years.”

Trout’s baseball cards and collectibles have been incredibly popular with baseball fans since his Bowman prospect cards released in 2009. When Trout’s rookie cards hit the market in 2011, fans clamored for any cards available, making them very highly sought after collectibles.

          As usual - Thanks to Ted Silary for including this column in his web-zine and to all of you for regularly reading it.