By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Snoopy and Joe Mauer on a baseball card.
Makes perfect sense, right?
Collectors tearing into packs of 2014 Topps Series 2, which officially arrived today have found a short-printed version of card No. 125 (which is actually a Series 1 card) in the packs — a card with the Minnesota Twins star sharing his card with the Peanuts icon.
The comic strip characters were created by St. Paul native Charles M. Schulz and Snoopy will be one of 10 characters whose statues will be found around the Twin Cities host the MLB All-Star Game on July 15 at Target Field.
It’s the latest marketing campaign that has had Mickey Mouse on Topps cards back in 2010 and other city landmark statues found around the host city.
“We’ve seen apples in New York and cactuses in Arizona,” Twins President Dave St. Peter told MLB.com. “When talking to Major League Baseball about the best way for Minnesota to roll out a statue program, we very quickly settled on something we have a little history with: Peanuts characters.”
We’ll have more on the short-prints in Series 2 — Future Stars, sparkles and more — in issue No. 102 of Beckett Baseball coming soon.
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