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Dave & Adam’s & GTS offer U.S. collectors chance to grab Japanese MLB cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Are you ready for the arrival of 2013 Topps Supreme baseball cards?

You might not be able to answer that one unless you live outside of the United States as that is an MLB card release specifically made for Asian markets — a move that began with the arrival of Bowman Sterling late last year. Why? The arrival of a rather popular Japanese star in MLB … you know, Yu Darvish.

While that was a product packaged separately from the rest of the 2012 Bowman Sterling run, this one’s a bit different — buying in Japan is the only way to initially get your hands on these cards. Here’s where Dave & Adam’s Card World and GTS Distribution come in.

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GTS and DACW will be teaming up for a series of case breaks held live in Tokyo next week, which U.S. collectors can buy a slot in. “Box Break Brian” will take the DACW Live show on the road for breaks of 2013 Topps Museum Collection Asia Edition, 2013 Bowman Sterling Asia Edition and Topps Supreme next Monday, Dec. 16.

The Asia Edition products have extra features not found in the U.S.-based portion of the production run. Museum Collection includes one on-card auto, one auto Relic, one jumbo Relic and one quad Relic just like its U.S. counterpart. Bowman Sterling includes 18 autographs along with one Asia-exclusive card per box. Supreme, according to Dave & Adam’s includes 40 autographed cards per case.

For details and pricing on the breaks click here (Museum Collection), here (Bowman Sterling) or here (Supreme). A total of nine cases broken at three locations in Tokyo are planned.

At the time of its international expansion plans last year, Topps’ statement said this move was to help spark additional international interest in its MLB cardboard.

“We have high expectations for this product,” the company said. “We are making a concerted effort to create global demand for our products.”

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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Joe

Not anything new other than the price of the product. Topps has dipped its toes for years in the overseas market. I remember 1988 UK Baseball. Mini Cards with a piece of gum. I had a box of those at one time. Cards were so ugly they were cute LOL.
Dont blame Topps got to do whatever you can to get sales up & if overseas targeted releases do it then go for it.
Do feel a little bad for player collectors who now have to chase those cards down but unlike 1988 the internet is in play now.

Posted December 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Permalink
Larry Qualls

I think that this is a great idea. By generating an interest in MLB to the Asian Public it will not only boost sales for the Topps company but quite possibly increase the value of current and prior cards.

Posted December 11, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

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