Printing Facility Shutdown Leads to Numerous Delays for Upcoming Topps, Panini Releases
Over the next while, fewer new sports card products are going to be coming out. The Texas facility that prints cards for Topps, Panini and others has been ordered to shut down. The shelter-in-place mandate comes from the state government.
This morning, Topps released an updated schedule for hobby products. 2020 Topps Tribute Baseball, which has seen a couple of delays already, now comes out on Friday, April 10.
The following Wednesday, 2020 Topps XFL arrives.
April 24 sees the release of 2020 Topps Transcendent Hall of Fame Baseball. It moves up from its original May 6.
Finally, 2020 Topps Definitive Collection Baseball is out on April 29. This is one week later than it’s original date of April 22.
Every other Topps product planned beyond that for the next couple of months is now to be determined with no official date or month in place.
Panini released a company update on their blog noting that production at the facility has been halted. While they are unable to print at this time, the company is continuing to move forward with other developmental stages. This will allow them to get back to normal as soon as possible once the facility is back open.
The length of specific delays is not known. Like seemingly everything else happening in the world right now, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a level of uncertainty and what we will have to do is wait.
This story is developing.