By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
You can see Bryce Harper at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention.
On Topps baseball cards, that is.
On Wednesday, the company unveiled its plans for the NSCC, which is set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore and they will include a pair of wrapper redemption programs featuring an entire card set for one program and a mix of NFL and MLB rookies in the other. (Need a Harper checklist or OPG? Click here.)
The first will be a Bowman Platinum box redemption. Anyone who opens a box of 2012 Bowman Platinum at the Topps booth will receive a 25-card serial-numbered 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Parallel set. These will include Harper, Yu Darvish and randomly include autographs as well. (Need a Darvish checklist or OPG? Click here.)
A second wrapper redemption program will be for one of nine 2012 Gypsy Queen mini cards made specifically for the show. Any collector opening three packs of any 2012 Topps or Bowman MLB or NFL pack will receive a single card from the set. It will include Harper, Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes and NFL rookies Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Trent Richardson, Michael Floyd and Justin Blackmon.
Could the GQ cards of NFL players be a precursor to or a test to see whether the retro brand should extend to the NFL? We’ll have to wait and see …
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.