Topps puts bubble gum back in packs … sort of




By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Collectors ripping into packs of 2015 Topps Heritage today will have a chance to find something they haven’t found in packs of baseball cards in some time.

Bubble gum.

Well, sort of. Topps has created “gum damage” versions of cards in the set where an area of white residue exists on the back of the card. If it’s scratched, it smells like bubble gum — just like when Topps first arrived with this look back in 1966.

According to Topps, there are three different patterns to the stains and can be found on all 500 cards in the basic set.

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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 Follow him on Twitter @chrisolds2009.


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  1. Grillz 4 March, 2015 at 10:21

    51% love bubble gum stained cards? i guess they have never had a gum stain ruin a valuable card. i can remember getting a 1986 topps jerry rice with a nice stain on the back. pissed me off so bad lol

  2. David D 4 March, 2015 at 10:39

    So excited- it seems like yesterday that I was ripping 5 cent Series 1 1966 baseball cards and hiding the doubles in my neighbors bush- ohhh the good old days!

  3. OldSchool 4 March, 2015 at 11:22

    I wish TOPPS would go Old School with all there product! I have stopped buy new stuff 90% junk, I mean when you have to put sparkles on cards to sell product or short print something. cmon. 90 percent of baseball are commons. If your smart you would invest you money in the old stuff. The hobby is a big joke right know with all these companys controlling one sport and college. This use to be a HOBBY, USE TO!

  4. Robert Braxton 4 March, 2015 at 17:50

    Far be it from me to be the voice-of-reason, truly, … however, … why not just put actual gum back in the packs?

    Or is that too logical.

    P.s. I would have voted ‘Heavily dislike’ but since there was no radio button for that, I wen with ‘Hate’. And I feel pretty good about my decision.

  5. Kevin 22 June, 2016 at 14:22

    Topos needs to start putting bubble gum in with there baseball cards. What’s baseball without bubble gum!

  6. Kevin Smith 25 February, 2017 at 15:49

    Hey guys just a quick reminder it’s now the millennium and if you’re worried about gum why don’t you put it in a separate plastic wrap like a condiment and then put it in with the baseball cards it’s time to bring back some old memories for us old guys even though we’re in the fifties now I’m not that old so how about it how about it for the kids about making collecting cards again fun

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