You may remember the joy of finding certain rookie baseball cards in a pack when you were a kid.
Some particular cards may register even more with your generation. One card happened to register for some of the Cubs promotional brass. Behold the 1982 Topps future stars card featuring Cal Ripken Jr.
That card was recently recreated with names that all Cubs fans are getting very familiar with.
This custom card features the holy trinity of Cubs prospects Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, and Javier Baez.
It will appear in a set to be included in the Cubs season ticket holders’ package, along with game day tickets that replicate Topps cards themselves. They should be arriving by mid March.
You may also remember those handsome tickets from last year. Many of the tickets were in honor of past and present Cubs with a tie in to a team or a date. Nomar Garciaparra was featured on the Cubs-Red Sox tickets last summer and Kerry Wood was on game #34, of course.
This year Director of Ticket Sales & Service Brian Garza and Vice President, Sales and Partnerships Collin Faulkner wanted to take it a step further. They fell in love with the “Topps Archives” set, which happens to be a big seller. The retro card style appealed to the former card collectors. I got to speak with Garza by phone yesterday and he is excited about this promotion. It should be well received by Cubs fans.
Garza says Topps origanally wanted the Cubs to stick to the basic card template as opposed to special cards like “Future Stars” or “All-Star” types. However, with a little arm-twisting from the Cubs side, they got to fulfill their vision of the future stars card.
The card got some play on Twitter Monday night.
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Garza says the Cincinnati Reds were the pioneers for the Topps style ticket in 2010. However, it was a much more limited edition than what the Cubs did last year with their tickets, let alone the extra set this season. All season ticket holders will receive the special 82-pack set that will have an authentication stamp.
Luckily, you can still get your hands on the packs throughout the season even if you aren’t a season ticket holder.
There will be 4 giveaway dates. The first 3 dates will give away 20 cards , followed by 22 in the final date. They will only be given away to the first 10,000 to arrive so Garza says: "It will be very tough to put together the whole set this way”.
Garza has some advice: "Get in on the 6 game packages where you can assure yourself the 4 give away dates”.
You can see the entire set here and get links to every card.
Finally Garza says the last home game of the season will feature the “future stars” card/ticket to symbolize what is yet to come.
A card that makes you feel like a 10 year old all over again.
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