Topps AuthenticsTM signs Shohei Ohtani to exclusive autographed memorabilia deal

Topps AuthenticsTM signs Shohei Ohtani to exclusive autographed memorabilia deal

 

Topps.com is the only place to get authentic signed memorabilia from the

Japanese MLB sensation

(March 27, 2018) — Los Angeles Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani has signed an exclusive autographed memorabilia deal with Topps Authentics™, the memorabilia arm of The Topps Company, giving baseball fans worldwide a chance to own Ohtani-signed baseballs, jerseys and bats, Topps announced today.

Ohtani’s Topps Authentics autographed memorabilia is available on Topps.com, the exclusive home for his authenticated autographed memorabilia.

“We are excited to add Shohei Ohtani to our Topps Authentics family,” said David Leiner, Topps Global General Manager of Sports & Entertainment. “He’s a dynamic player who is already commanding a lot of attention. Ohtani and Topps Authentics are a perfect match because fans around the world can feel safe and secure in knowing what they are getting is authentic.”

Topps Authentics brings MLB Authenticated items into the marketplace, eliminating the guesswork and uncertainty surrounding signed memorabilia. The signings are witnessed by representatives of Authenticators Inc., the industry standard for autographed and game-used memorabilia authentication. Other MLB players who are part of Topps Authentics include rising stars such as Francisco Lindor, Gleyber Torres and Amed Rosario.

“I’m excited to be part of Topps Authentics because Topps has a long history in Baseball and partnering with its players,” Ohtani said.

“We always support Major League Baseball players and have become great partners with a number of athletes over the years,” Leiner added. “We’re thrilled to work with Ohtani and his team and to see what he will do on the field this year.”

Ohtani was a much sought after player from Japan during the offseason. He’s a dual-threat player who can pitch and hit. In Japan, as a pitcher, he had 624 strikeouts in 543 career innings in the Japan Pacific League, and hit .322 with 30 home runs and 98 RBI in 169 games.

His Topps Authentics deal comes on the heels Topps signing Ohtani to an autographed baseball card deal. His first pack-pulled autographed card appeared in 2018 Topps Heritage® Baseball, which is currently in stores.

In addition, Ohtani’s TOPPS NOW® card commemorating his signing with the Angels broke a TOPPS NOW® print record with 17,323 cards sold in just 24 hours.


Angels’ Mike Trout voted onto Card No. 1 for 2016 Topps® Baseball

Angels’ Mike Trout voted onto Card No. 1 for 2016 Topps® Baseball

 

Thousands of MLB fans vote for Mike Trout to kick off 2016 baseball season

 

(NEW YORK CITY – JANUARY 28, 2016) After thousands of online votes, Major League Baseball fans chose who should be on Card No. 1 for 2016 Topps® Baseball.

The winner – Mike Trout.

“It’s awesome. I appreciate the support from fans across MLB,” said Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout. “It’s pretty special to be the No. 1 card for Topps.”

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim centerfielder has made his mark on MLB since his 2011 call up.  The four-time All-Star won the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2012 and won the American League MVP award in 2014 (finishing second in voting three other times).

Yet, all his home runs and awards aren’t the only things that have drawn fans to the New Jersey native. The 24 year old has an infectious smile and plays the game with passion that is only matched by the joy he brings MLB fans.

“The first card in the Topps baseball set has historically been given to top players or has been meaningful,” said David Leiner, VP & General Manager of North American Sports and Entertainment for Topps. “This time around, we wanted our great collectors to be part of the 65th Topps Baseball set, and they made their mark by picking one of the best players in baseball today.”

The image on Trout’s Topps card depicts an amazing highlight from the 2015 season. On Sept. 26, he scaled the outfield wall, extended his body over it and robbed Seattle’s Jesus Montero of a home run in a tremendous catch.

Trout is included on a long list of great players who have been represented on the first Topps card of the year, including Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays and Derek Jeter.

Topps will celebrate 65 years of making baseball cards when 2016 Topps Baseball Series 1 releases on February 3rd. Baseball fans can find the newest Topps baseball product in hobby shops, mass retailers and at Topps.com.