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Topps Notes - July 2001

SEATTLE HEROES KICK OFF FIRST PAINTED SET SINCE 1953

As you may already know, 2001 Topps Gallery Baseball, which releases this Friday, will be the first all-painted baseball card set since the famous 1953 Topps. The 150-card base set features artwork from the renowned Bill Purdom, Ron Stark and Frank Scicchitano. To help kick-off this highly anticipated product, Topps will be giving away two of the set's featured cards in conjunction with a wrapper redemption program at the 2001 MLB All-Star FanFest. Special editions (featuring the 2001 All-Star Game logo on card fronts) of Edgar Martinez's and John Olerud's Topps Gallery card will be available at the Topps Booth. Collectors and fans will also have
the opportunity to submit their names in a drawing for a chance two win one of the original paintings used to create the Topps Gallery Martinez and Olerud cards.

TOPPS ANNOUNCES BOWMAN HERITAGE

Last Friday at the National in Cleveland, OH, Topps held a press conference to announce plans for its upcoming 2002 Bowman Heritage Baseball. To fuel the announcement, Topps held a promotion with three of its hobby partners to distribute a 5-card Bowman Heritage Preview set (exclusive to the National). To complete the 5-card set, collectors had to visit three different booths-Beckett.com, Krause Publications & PSA/Collector's Universe. Each booth gave instructions on how collectors could receive the designated card.
The 5-card set includes:
Card 1 of 5 / Roberto Alomar (PSA)
Card 2 of 5 / Albert Pujols (Beckett.com)
Card 3 of 5 / C.C. Sabathia (PSA)
Card 4 of 5 / Mark McGwire (Krause)
Card 5 of 5 / Juan Gonzalez (PSA)

SHORT PRINTS IN ARCHIVES SERIES 2

In response to overwhelming feedback from its collectors, Topps is revealing the print runs on the following autograph cards in 2001 Topps Archives Baseball Series 2:

Limited to a total of 50 cards each --Yogi Berra, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Ernie Banks, Lou Brock, Hank Aaron, Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan.

The following are limited to a total of 200 cards each-Phil Rizzuto, Tim McCarver, Joe Morgan, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield, Gary Carter, Dennis Eckersley, Andre Dawson, Denny Martinez, Ryne Sandberg, Joe Carter and Robin Yount.

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