Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.
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Topps, USOC renew partnership
Posted Dec 14, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Dec 14, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Topps is continuing its trading card partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee, as both parties on Friday announced plans to extend their exclusive agreement to include the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Topps has not released any details about the new product line, but certainly, it will include Team USA’s top Olympians, Paralympians and candidates for both squads. Autograph cards and relics, which dotted the 2012 debut set, will return for the 2014 product.
The 2012 set had 24 packs in each hobby box, with 10 cards per pack. The hobby box included two autograph card, a relic and a commemorative relic (medals, pins, coins or patches).
Topps said it will continue to funnel a portion of every purchase of these cards to help support the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams.
The product will be sold beginning in 2013; Topps has not revealed its release day yet.