Topps adds autographs to 2012 Bowman Sterling and will allocate cards to Japanese print run

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s Bowman Sterling baseball product will include some new additions and part of its press run will be headed directly to Japan as part of a special offering.

Topps announced Monday that 10 percent of Sterling’s production run will be packaged into a configuration for distribution in Japan, while it will include an extra incremental autograph and more on-card signatures in the product.

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

In the 2013 Topps Museum Collection product information released on Friday, Topps also noted there that it will be sending a percentage of the print run to Japan.

According to Topps, it will be adding 134 new 1/1 Superfractors — 34 of those signed — to the product.

Set to arrive on Dec. 12, each pack will include one rookie or prospect card and a combination of three hits — a mix of autographed prospects, autographed rookies, dual autos and more. There will be six packs per box.

New this year will be Sterling Showcase autographs — a card embedded in a sterling silver frame limited to just 25 copies. These also will be found with 1/1 sterling silver parallels made entirely in silver.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. deeez
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    why japan?
    are they charging there account in japan more money or something?

  2. @Jaypers413
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I believe you mean 2012 Bowman Sterling in the title.

  3. Mike
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    So the real question is, how many days will japan get it BEFORE we do?

  4. Jamie Case
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Just another let down on the way from TOPPS , send it all over there then. This is about as bad as NFL in London !!

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