Mascots take over in latest Topps wall art line

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Baseball’s furry friends are taking over.

Twenty-five mascot cards found in packs of 2015 Topps Opening Day are getting enlarged to make their way onto collectors’ walls as the MLB Mascots collection is the latest wall art line from Topps.

Found only on Topps.com for a limited time, there are three options for collectors who want a piece of the action showing the stars found in the stands.

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First, there’s a set of 5- by 7-inch cards that is limited to only 99 serial-numbered copies with all of the teams that have mascots represented. They are $34.99 per set.

Each mascot also has two 10-by-14 options for collectors to choose from — a $19.99 regular version limited to only 99 copies or a 1/1 Gold version that is $74.99.

Topps typically only has produced mascot cards in Opening Day, Chipz and in its sticker collection. These are likely the first serial-numbered MLB mascot cards ever made by the company.

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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13 comments

  1. Mike 21 April, 2015 at 11:44

    Nobody cares! Whatever Topps is paying for these sponsored posts isn’t worth annoying your visitors. Olds you should know better.

  2. chrisolds 21 April, 2015 at 11:54

    It’s a new product announced today. It’s news — and it’s not sponsored or paid for as you said in a previous comment on a similar product. Thanks for your response.

  3. brianped 21 April, 2015 at 13:01

    I love Topps online only card products, but these weekly wall art releases have zero appeal. I know it is another revenue source for Topps, but maybe limit these stories to once a month vs. every other day.

  4. chrisolds 21 April, 2015 at 13:10

    When they are announced, they will be written. Not all sets will get a story — there’s not always time — but I will remain on top of these things for baseball. Why? If I wait a week or a month, the cards could be sold out — and collectors would be out of luck. Waiting does them no good. In this case as well as most others it’s a card set as well as wall art, too.

  5. KeithSchimke 21 April, 2015 at 14:30

    Contrary to some comments, I think it is great that you report the Topps wall art and sets. If you are not interested, you can always skip the article. Some of us do work for a living outside of the hobby and do not have time to keep up with all the different websites, so having the news in one place is awesome. Most of the wall art and oversized sets are not my cup of tea either, but reading about them certainly does not bother me and if they do the right ones, I may be interested.

  6. Matthew 21 April, 2015 at 14:46

    Chris,

    I appreciate the fact that you and Beckett attempt to list these things when Topps releases them. However, there’s one area that Beckett could do some better work, and that’s in the checklists. I’ve been trying keeping up with them all along, but I don’t see every new release. It would be helpful if in addition to printing a story that the Pricing/Checklists section gets updated as well. I don’t expect to see pricing, but it would be helpful for reference purposes — especially since Topps almost always issues a 5″ x 7″ complete set to coincide with the larger Wall Art releases.

  7. chrisolds 21 April, 2015 at 15:29

    Matthew, that’s definitely a challenge because they come and go so quickly. A different department handles all that stuff for the site, not me, so they compile as they can. It’s definitely on some to-do lists.

  8. phillies_joe 22 April, 2015 at 11:58

    posyting to clarify that my comments were stricktly about the mascot cards / wallart…..I’m always here seeing what new products are available…..keep em coming Chris!

  9. Jeramie 23 April, 2015 at 20:26

    Absolute garbage. Topps has been doing nothing the past 5 years but getting away from cards that appeal to kids. Now they make cards of stupid mascots trying to get kids involved again. My 11 year old just saw this and said “WHO CARES!” I couldn’t agree with you more son.

  10. Robert Braxton 24 April, 2015 at 12:20

    I love the mascots; can’t get enough of them.

    However, I haven’t seen any wall art that would compell me to buy IMMEDIATELY, but I can see how some collectors love it.

    The 5×7’s, … IDK … they don’t fit in my collection, and frankly, I’m doubting they fit in ANYBODY’s. I would love to hear from those collectors, and why they love the 5×7’s.

  11. chrisolds 24 April, 2015 at 13:45

    5x7s fit quite well into BGS slabs. Here’s one collector’s example: pic.twitter.com/UE5BxzfV9q

  12. Robert Braxton 26 April, 2015 at 08:33

    Interesting solution (i.e. the slabbed); I might have to give them more consideration.

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