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• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• "We said there's no chance that's happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding China’s request that the league fire Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

• "The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Time 100 Summit on Thursday regarding the league’s on-going situation with China.

• Showtime Sports will launch on Oct. 21 a weekly podcast, All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, in which the two NBA veterans (now retired) and NBA champs (Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, respectively), will “deliver an authentic, unfiltered perspective on the most polarizing topics in and around the game of basketball.”  It will air Thursdays on the Showtime Basketball YouTube Channel.  

• Bluberi Gaming has signed a deal with WWE to develop a series of licensed slot games featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Among those to be featured include John Cena, Triple H, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey. The first WWE series of slot games is scheduled to hit casinos October 2020.

• HarperCollins Publishers said it has acquired world rights to Back, the first memoir authored by Tiger Woods. According to Woods, “This book is my definitive story. It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts.” A publication date was not given.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

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Most Popular NBA Player Jerseys (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
6. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
8. Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with Houston Rockets)
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets

Most Popular Player Merchandise (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
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1. Joker $55M
2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
7. Judy $3.3M
8. It 2 $3.2M
9. Jexi $3.1M
10. Ad Astra $1.9M
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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

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• Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors TNT 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 22 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

• Oct. 23 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers ESPN 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Mar162018

Topps Gives Aaron Judge Leadoff Spot In New Living Set Card Collection

By Barry Janoff

March 15, 2018: Aaron Judge not only drives in runs and hits big homers for the New York Yankees, he is a big product driver in the sports memorabilia and collectibles field.

Iconic trading card company Topps has launched Topps Living Set, which it describes as a “dynamic new collectible trading card that captures baseball history in a unique way.”

Topps Living Set Card No. 1: Aaron Judge.

According to Topps, Living Set breaks with tradition in that the collection begins with No. 1 and will run sequentially but will not have a final card number, enabling the collection to live “year after year.”

Three cards will be produced at a time but will be available for one week only and never reprinted. Players themselves will not be repeated unless they sign with a new team.

That should make Judge’s card No. 1 an instant collectable as soon as Topps pulls it off production.

Topps is supporting with multi-media marketing, including an intro spot that explains the Living Set premise, as well as Internet, social media and customer activation.

The new set is modeled after the historic 1953 Topps baseball design, the first hand-painted set (pictured below).

Topps said that set is “one of the most popular with baseball fans even decades later as it features compelling imagery from some of baseball’s all-time greats.”
 
The Topps Living Set is being created with artwork by renowned sports artist Mayumi Seto.

The first three cards in the Living  Set are 1. Aaron Judge, 2. Joe Panik (San Francisco Giants) and 3. Nicholas Casatellanos (Detroit Tigers),.

Upcoming cards include Russell Martin (Toronto Blue Jays), Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies) and Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves).

Topps said there would be rookies and “some retired players sprinkled in.”

Each card is $7.99, or the three-card bundle for $14.99 (available only at Topps.com).

The card reverse shows the player’s career and 2017 stats, bio information and a Dugout Quiz (“How many teams in 2017 won more than 80 games? 15.”

Topps, the exclusive trading card partner for MLB, has successfully used Judge to sell other cards.

In 2016, Topps launched Topps NOW, which commemorates historic MLB moments and are available online usually the day after the event takes place, but for only 24 hours.

The company said it has surpassed the one million sales mark in Topps NOW cards since launching the platform.

The Top 5 best-selling Topps NOW cards prior to the 2018 season:

1. Shohei Ohtani in his new Los Angeles Angels uniform: 17,323 copies sold in a 24-hour period
2. Aaron Judge, commemorating his rookie home run record (2017): 16,138 cards
3. Judge, commemorating his 2017 Home Run Derby win: 8,997 cards
4. Judge, commemorating a 495-foot home run (2017): 8,623 cards
5. Judge, commemorating his breaking of Joe DiMaggio’s Yankees rookie team record: 8,538 cards.

Judge, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year, was voted to be Card No. 1 in 2018 Topps Baseball Series 1 by thousands of fans. The cards hit stores on January 31.

"Collecting baseball cards is a longtime tradition and it will be fun seeing kids with their new Topps cards at the ballpark,” Judge said in a statement.

According to David Leiner, global general manager for Topps, “Aaron Judge transcended baseball during his record-breaking rookie season. Fans from across the league were excited to see him play so it comes as no surprise they voted for him to be Card No. 1 in this year’s set.”

Judge hit an MLB rookie one-season record 52 homers (topping Mark McGwire’s 49 in 1987) and 33 home runs in Yankee Stadium (breaking Babe Ruth’s team record 32 set in 1921 in the Polo Grounds.

Last year, Judge become only the second rookie in baseball history to lead MLB in jersey sales for the entire season, joining Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, who accomplished the feat during this rookie season in 2015.

Topps was named a 2017 Top Ten Sports Marketer of the Year by NYSportsJournalism.

Yankees Judge Leads MLB Top-Selling Jerseys, Helps Topps Break Records

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