Topps puts Hurricane Sandy Relic into Pro Debut
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast in 2012 it caused an estimated $68 billion in damage — a total only topped by Hurricane Katrina, according to the Department of Commerce.
One of many victims of the storm was the Staten Island Yankees baseball team, the short-season A-ball squad for the New York Yankees that helped relief efforts in the area.
Why does this matter to collectors a few years later? Well, Topps has included a piece of a “Hurricane Sandy damaged dugout mat” as a Fragments of the Farm Relic in 2015 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards that arrived in hobby shops yesterday. It’s a Relic that’s unique — What’s a dugout mat, anyway? — and it’s also a reminder of the past. It’s part of a stadium Relic set that just might be one of the more-unique memorabilia releases made.
In this case, S.I. Yankees team officials chose the piece of memorabilia provided for the card since it shows a significant time in its history. Other teams chose championship flags, ticket stubs, pitching rubbers, stadium seats, mascot fur, infield dirt and backstop netting.
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