Topps Introduces The Topps Archives Collection, Limited Edition Collectible Box Sets Celebrates Seven of the Greatest Teams in MLB History with Collectibles You Can Wear

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The Topps Company, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of limited edition apparel, hats and wall art, called the Topps Archives Collection, Series 1. Topps mined its archives to create all new collectible products that are inspired by the greatest teams and most memorable moments from America’s national pastime.

Manufactured collectibles by Topps are a departure from their traditional cards, but interesting to fans.

Manufactured collectibles by Topps are a departure from their traditional cards, but interesting to fans.

The Topps Archives Collection, Series 1 honors the following Major League Baseball teams:

  • 1974 Oakland Athletics: “Once More In 1974″
  • 1977 New York Yankees: “Back On Top”
  • 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates: “We Are Family”
  • 1984 Detroit Tigers: “Bless You Boys”
  • 1984 Chicago Cubs: “Next Year Is Here!”
  • 1986 New York Mets: “Make The Dream Work”
  • 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers: “Miracle Men

The Topps Archives Collection, Series 1 will be sold in box sets containing the following items:

  • 1 Wax Pack Poster Set (5 posters)
  • 6 Team Patches
  • 6 Team Buttons
  • 1 Team Pennant
  • 1 Team T-shirt
  • 1 Team Hat

“Collectibility is part of our DNA,” said Michael Bramlage, Vice President and General Manager of Digital at Topps. “We were inspired by sneakerhead culture and sought to create a line of limited edition products that could not only be collected, but also worn and shown off as a fashion statement.”

The Topps Archives Collection, Series 1 pays tribute to superstars and unsung heroes alike, capturing players in their heyday, just as fans remember them. The individual collections feature players as well known and diverse as Reggie JacksonWillie StargellKent TekulveAlan TrammellChet LemonRyne SandbergRon CeyGary CarterTim Teufel and Orel Hershiser.

“Extensive research went into crafting each collection,” said Bramlage. “With over 60 years of MLB history—from one-of-a-kind photography to iconic graphic design—stored in the Topps Archives, each collection feels like an authentic time capsule from your favorite team’s most memorable year.”

The Topps Archives Collection, Series 1 is available now on, select MLB stadium stores, hobby shops and retailers. Fans can collect them all individually or buy each team’s complete box set, just like baseball cards.

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Founded in 1938, The Topps Company, Inc. is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery. Topps’ leading sports and entertainment products include Major League Baseball, National Football League, English Premier League, Bundesliga, Indian Premier League, WWE, UFC, Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids and other trading cards, sticker album collections, and collectible games. Topps’ newest division is Topps Digital, which is focused on bringing the iconic Topps brand to new users through digital media. Visit for more information.

Nine Most Valuable Collectibles

Harold Nicoll:

While it is possible to make money from collectibles, it is never a guarantee. We talk to people on The Collectors Show ( all the time who do profit from and even have full time jobs around their collections. Proceed with caution.

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186255808 No longer the sole domain of avid collectors, luxury collectibles are now considered viable alternative investments. Prices of luxury items, such as classic cars, ancient Chinese ceramic art, and rare coins, have reached record amounts in recent years. Such items can be a good way for wealthy investors to diversify their long-term investment portfolios.

To track the value of popular luxury items, real estate consultancy firm Knight Frank created the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII). This luxury index tracks existing indices that measure the value of nine categories of luxury collectibles, including classic cars, fine art and rare coins. The index aggregates the weighted performance of the nine indices based on their market size and importance rank. To create its index, Knight Frank aggregates the nine existing indices and weights them by value and relative importance.

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Vastari for Collectors and Curators This Week On The Collectors Show

This week on The Collectors Show we welcome Angela Roldan of “Vastari” in London.  To hear the Collectors Show visit or download it on iTunes.

Vastari is a company in the U.K. that puts museums in touch with collectors and the other way around. Say you own a collection that is really noteworthy and you are interested in sharing it with others, without selling it or losing control of it.Museums around the world organize thousands of exhibitions a year. Vastari’s interface and networking tools make it easier for these museums to communicate with the private sector directly.

Vastari will make your collection known to potential places where it might be loaned for a public exhibition. It is an interesting resource that makes the lives of museum curators far easier, by eliminating so much of the time and research needed when looking for new collections for exhibits. Visit them on line at

Glass Eye Collection Discovered

You can see all the fake eyes that were sighted in the U.K. and seen as rare among collectors with a vision for such things.

You can see all the fake eyes that were sighted in the U.K. and seen as rare among collectors with a vision for such things.

From the U.K. where collecting is a much bigger deal than it is in the U.S. is a collection of glass eyes. Good as prosthetics and for winning bar bets! Listen to the Collectors Show on Web Talk Radio ( or download it on iTunes. 

A RARE collection of glass eyes has been unearthed in Lichfield.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson stumbled on the startling find during a recent valuation day.

“A client visited our antiques valuation day with what, at first glance, appeared to be a fairly mundane morocco box,” he said.

“I expected to unearth the usual array of cutlery stored in such a box and was somewhat surprised to find 74 glass eyes looking up at me!”

Mr Hanson, a regular on BBC One’s Bargain Hunt, expects the find to appeal to collectors all over the world.

Uncovered in a chest of drawers at a home in Lichfield, the eyes date back to the 1920s or 1930s.

“These glass eyes really are remarkable, with most of the eyes measuring approximately 2cm across, and with different veined examples and different colours – varying shades of brown, through hazel and onto blue,” the auctioneer said.

“The history of prosthetic eyes goes as far back as 2000BC when the first artificial eye to be worn in a socket was made of gold, although it wasn’t until the late 16th century that the Venetian glass houses began to manufacture glass eyes.

“Whilst these early examples were fragile and uncomfortable to wear, the glass eyes discovered at our valuation day are of superior manufacture, made using a glass-blowing technique in Germany.

“The Germans developed such production from the 1850s. However, with the onset of WW2 in 1939, production somewhat ceased, with American manufacturers developing their manufacture in later years.”

Mr Hanson quipped: “I really felt like saying ‘eye’ don’t believe it!

“When auctioneering I say ‘look at me, look at me’ and these really were looking at me, left, right and centre.”

This unusual lot will be offered in the specialist collector’s section devoted to scientific objects of Hansons Auctioneers’ sale from April 24-26.

“Within their original glass eye sample box, these German eyes are expected to appeal to worldwide collectors,” added Mr Hanson.

“There is great interest from collectors worldwide for such quirky collectables from a vintage era of production.

“In good condition, with no chips or cracks, we expect interest particularly from buyers in America and Europe.”

Guide price on the collection is set at between £80 to £120.

The auction starts at 10am on each day. Viewing is on April 23 from 11am to 7pm and on the mornings of the auction from 9am.


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Is Archie’s Death Another Big Fake Out?

I was really hoping the trend of killing off comic book characters to boost sales and attention would, well, die off. My optimism was squashed when I saw this item,  “Archie” would “die” in an upcoming issue. How long will he stay dead or is this just a dream?

What of Archie and is this just another ploy to boost sales?

What of Archie and is this just another ploy to boost sales?

We’ll see.

(CNN) – Since 1941, comic book fans have followed the exploits of teenaged Archie Andrews and his friends. This July, they’ll find out how he dies.

“Life With Archie” #36 hits stores on July 16, and CNN can reveal exclusively that it tells the story of how Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend.

Few details are known, but it seems fitting that Archie would go out a hero. The 37th issue one week later will end the series.

The “Life With Archie” series has been telling the stories of possible future Archie scenarios for the past few years, and so Archie will continue to be alive in the comics set in the present day.

CNN spoke with Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater (son of Archie creator John Goldwater) about the upcoming issues.

CNN: Can you explain the “Life With Archie” series for the uninitiated?

Goldwater: “Life With Archie” is Archie’s future — it gives readers a look into what his life would be like after high school and college, which has never really been explored. Most fans are familiar with Archie as a high schooler, hanging out at Pop’s Chocklit Shop with his friends. “Life With Archie” shows what happens when Archie becomes an adult and starts dealing with grownup issues.

Each issue is normally split into two storylines — one telling a tale of Archie married to Veronica another with him ending up with Betty. The final issue, however, will show readers Archie’s final fate in both timelines — and they’re the same.

CNN: Why kill Archie?

Goldwater: I think it’s the natural conclusion to the “Life With Archie” series.

Archie dies as he lived — heroically. He dies saving the life of a friend, and does it in his usual selfless way. Archie has always been a representation of us — the best of us. Our strengths and our faults.

Writer Paul Kupperberg, with input from myself, has crafted an emotional, impactful and classic story that I know will survive the test of time. This isn’t a random one-off or “what-if” story that we’re doing as a gag. This is the story that we mapped out carefully and with much thought. This is the death of Archie as we see it, and we’re treating it with that same level of gravitas and import. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we are being very considerate about it.

CNN: What are you hoping to accomplish with this storyline?

Goldwater: First and foremost, like with anything we do at Archie, we want to tell a great, memorable story. That being said, this story in particular is of the utmost importance to us as a company and as a keeper of the Archie brand.

We want to not only show how Archie’s life ends, but also what he means to the world around him. We want to celebrate his life. After the events of “Life With Archie” #36, fans will leap forward a year to see the aftermath, and how his friends have moved on since his surprising death.

What’s Jughead doing? How are Betty and Veronica dealing with the loss? It’s not about the attention-grab of the death but about telling a great, evocative story that reminds people why this character is important to the fabric of pop culture — and showing how heroic a normal guy like Archie can be, and how important it is to realize that.

This isn’t a story we’re going to retcon a few weeks from now. This happened. This is the conclusion to the “Life With Archie” story and timeline, and it will allow us as a company and the world to take a moment to look at Archie’s life as a whole and recognize him as one of the most important characters — not in just comics — but in popular culture.

We want people to feel the same emotional roller coaster we felt putting this story together — to feel the range of emotions, from happiness, sadness, anger, joy and pride. We want people to react to this in a strong way because Archie is so important to them.

CNN: How do you hope fans will react ultimately?

Goldwater: We expect some level of shock, outrage and surprise — followed by understanding. As a company, we are not afraid to take risks. We’re not scared to shake things up to draw attention to the great stories we’re building here at Archie.

I hope fans will be intrigued by this news, pick up the issues in July and realize they’ve been given one of the best comics on the stands. They’ll be handed a piece of comic book history, featuring some of the most well-known characters in the world saying goodbye to an icon. We want fans to talk about this for years to come. We think this story is bigger than anything we’ve ever done — it’s bold, dramatic and best of all, a fitting end to the life of Archie.

CNN: What do you think Archie Comics has been doing by shaking things up over the recent years?

Archie: We’re a sleeping giant. Years ago, before I stepped in as CEO, Archie was seen as a dormant, nostalgia brand stuck in amber. We were in suspended animation. People thought the stories were still set in the ’50s!

Now, while the characters — like Betty, Archie, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie — are at their core the same, Riverdale has changed. It’s caught up with the times. The town of Riverdale you read about now is like any other in America.

It’s diverse, it’s not problem-free, and it represents America in an honest way. Archie is about being welcoming, diverse and entertaining. We’ve managed to strike that balance in our storytelling for the last five years and managed to not only get attention, but keep people entertained.

From the introduction of Kevin Keller, the first regular gay character in comics to now, the death of Archie, we’ve not been afraid to take risks. The big thing is, though, our risks pay off because the stories, art and execution are spot-on. We back up what we say.

CNN: What will be the long-term impact of this story?

Goldwater: Well, this is the end. This is how Archie dies in the pages of “Life With Archie.” We will not be retconning, reversing or backtracking on this story in terms of “Life With Archie.”

The main Archie line, however, telling stories of Archie in high school, will continue. “Afterlife With Archie” [the "Archie" zombie series] will continue, and we will keep on taking risks with different and new interpretations of our characters.

But as far as we see it, this is how Archie dies. That’s how we approached this story and how we’re treating it.


Rare Book Collecting

What exactly is an “antiquarian book” and why and how are they collectible? These and other questions are answered this week on The Collectors Show with Harold Nicoll on Web Talk Radio (

Jett Whitehead is not only a successful collector, but he has advanced his love of books with his education in business and has a successful business in Saginaw, Michigan.

The definition of an antiquarian book is generally any book that is hard to locate, rare or of some special interest. Jett reveals that many poets will self publish works early in their careers. Once these writers are better known and published in more traditional media, these early, self published works are more valuable.

Digital or Print?

In the age of digital printing, what role will traditionally printed books have in the future? Jett does not foresee the demise of traditional books any time soon, but does point out the appeal of books. “If people are only interested in the words that were written, then digital is probably O.K.,” he said. “But if there are other facets of the book that are not simply words on a screen, then a book is required.” Unfortunately what makes books appealing to many will destroy their value as collectibles. And what of dust covers.

Jett says that a collectible book without its dust cover is like a tea cup without the saucer. The condition of those covers is also important. Like with other collectibles, the condition of the cover is important and will contribute or detract from the value. When shopping for collectible books, be mindful of these factors.

No Highlighters! 

Highlighters and margin notes will destroy the value of a book as a collectible. Host Harold Nicoll lamented this as marking up books is part of their appeal to him. While Nicoll did not consider himself a book collector, he learned during the show that he may have accidentally backed into one.  He owns rare and out of prints books about advertising and public relations that were published in the 1920′s and 30′s. Jett had several suggestions for Harold to help fine tune the assembly of books and turn them into a real collection.