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The History of Baseball cards

Topps brand.Considered to be the "father of the modern baseball card"

Topps originally was created in 1938,but Topps can trace its roots back to an earlier firm, American Leaf Tobacco Founded in 1890. American Leaf Tobacco basically purchased and imported tobacco to the USA and transferred it to other tobacco companies. American Leaf Tobacco is in no way related to the American Tobacco Company.As a result of World War I, the American Leaf Tobacco lost its supply chain of Turkish tobacco, and later as a result of the Great Depression. American Leaf Tobacco chose to concentrate on a newly created product line while taking advantage of the company's wide preexisting distribution network. This was done by relaunching the company as Topps, with the name meant to indicate that it would be "tops" as in top of the line or the best. The first product they chose was the manufacture of bubble gum, after several other ideas were proposed and rejected.

At the time, bubble gum was still a novelty sold in individual pieces. Topps’ most successful early product was Bazooka bubble gum, which was packaged with a small comic wrapper. Starting in 1950, Topps decided to try increasing gum sales by selling them together with trading cards inserted in the pack. At the time western character Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd); was one of the biggest stars of early television, he was also found in newspapers articles, magazine covers, and a variety of other merchandise. Before long Topps introduced baseball cards as one of their products, baseball cards immediately expanded as the primary focus of the Topps brand.Considered to be the "father of the modern baseball card" was a gentleman by the name of Sy Berger. In 1951, after returning home from World War II Berger created the first Topps baseball card for the 1952 season with Woody Gelman on the kitchen table of his Brooklyn NY apartment. The first baseball card was designed with the player's name, picture, facsimile signature, team name and logo on the front; and the player's height, weight, batting stats, throwing stats, birthplace, and a short player bio on the back. This basic design became standard in the baseball card industry and is still in use today. Berger went on to work for Topps for another 50 years (1947–97) and consulting for another 5 years. He became one of the most popular figures associated with the major league baseball scene and its players. He often negotiated and signed annual contracts with players using merchandise, such as refrigerators and carpeting as payment.

In recognition of his negotiation abilities, Topps sent Berger to London in 1964 to negotiate a deal for Topps to own and produce the rights to a line of Beatles trading cards. According to sources in the baseball card industry, Sy accomplished this by speaking in Yiddish to the Beatles manager Brian Epstein.In 1952 Berger hired a garbage boat to remove leftover boxes of baseball cards from the 1952 season to clear out their warehouse. He rode with the garbage boat as tugboat pulled them off the Jersey shore. All the baseball cards were then dumped into the Ocean. Including Mickey Mantle's original rookie Topps card, which is the most valuable card of the modern baseball card era. At the time he nor anyone else was aware of the value the cards would later attain. Now an original pack of 1952 Topps baseball cards can easily fetch between $5.000-$10.000.


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