Topps has produced Major League Baseball trading cards for over 70 years. But that will soon change. MLB has recently announced it will end its current licensing contract with Topps. Instead, it has inked a new deal that will make sports memorabilia company Fanatics a chief card producer for the league, starting in 2022.
The move does not affect Major League Baseball’s deals with other trading card companies such as Donruss and Upper Deck.
The announcement is sure to raise questions for a card industry that has posted record sales recently. What will happen to Topps? Will the move make existing Topps cards more valuable in the long term? And what will this mean for cards made by other companies?