Ichiro Suzuki to make Topps auto debut in Ginter
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
He’s appeared on more than 10,000 different baseball cards as a star in both Japan and Major League Baseball. He’s working his way toward 3,000 hits in MLB despite not arriving until he was 27 years old.
But there’s one thing that Ichiro Suzuki has never done before — sign a baseball card to be placed into Topps packs.
All that changes this summer when 2015 Allen & Ginter arrives from Topps with the company’s first autographed cards in packs. He’ll appear on a card as a member of the Seattle Mariners, another as a New York Yankee and a third as a Miami Marlin.
“We’ve worked hard to get this deal done over the past decade and have come close many times,” said David Leiner, Topps Vice President of Finance and Operations. “This is a special day for Topps and its collectors, and I want to personally thank Ichiro and his management team for their help in making this happen.”
Suzuki appears on 338 different cards in the Beckett database and his overall card total books for $220,976 (excluding rarities).
Later this season, Suzuki autographs will be found in Supreme, Triple Threads, Five Star, Dynasty and High Tek as well as other brands. Suzuki had not appeared on any Topps cards of any kind since 2012.
Allen & Ginter is scheduled to arrive on July 22.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @chrisolds2009.