Nov. 10, 2016
Topps Signs Kris Bryant to Card Deal
CHICAGO - (From Official News Release) - The Topps Company, Inc., the exclusive trading card partner of Major League Baseball, has announced today the signing of Chicago Cubs® superstar Kris Bryant to the largest and most significant exclusive card deal in the company’s baseball history. The momentous multi-year deal will guarantee that autograph cards of Kris Bryant will only be found in future Topps® and Bowman® products starting with 2017 Topps® Baseball Series 1.
“We are beyond excited to secure this exclusive deal with Kris Bryant.” said David Leiner, VP and General Manager of North American Sports & Entertainment for Topps. “Never has The Topps Company executed such a long-term deal with any athlete. Kris is one of the elite players currently in Major League Baseball and we look forward to working with him as his career continues to flourish.”
In addition to signing autographs, Bryant will also be featured as the new cover athlete for Topps BUNT®, the officially licensed MLB Trading Card App. He will also be on the cover of 2017 Topps Baseball Series 1 joining a prestigious group.
"Topps is the premier trading card company and I am honored to be working with them." said 2015 NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with a company such as Topps."Already one of the most sought after players by card collectors, Kris Bryant has shined for the Cubs since his MLB debut on April 17, 2015, becoming a NL All-Star in each of his first two seasons. The 2016 NL MVP candidate has compiled a .293 batting average with 39 homeruns and 101 RBI’s this season while leading the National League in runs scored with 120.