Cracknell | Hobby Editor
If youíre looking for Topps baseball cards of Matt Wieters in a Baltimore Orioles uniform, youíre pretty much out of luck. Other than a couple of oddball offerings and online exclusives, he has nothing. But thatís about to change. Soon youíll be able to find cards of the Baltimore catcher in packs of Topps cards for the first time.
Licensing is a tricky thing. Sports cards are a lot more complicated that putting a picture on the front and some stats on the back. Multiple layers of deals exist, all of which have their own nuances. For the majority of card makers, when they land a license with a playersí union, it allows them to use all of the athletes in a group deal. Topps does things a little bit differently for baseball. While they have the MLBPA license to go alongside their MLB exclusive, they still have individual deals with players.
Usually, itís pretty straight forward. But sometimes, deals canít be reached. Thatís why the early part of Alex Rodriguezís career has everything but Topps. Itís also why there are a couple of gaps in Ichiroís cardboard timeline with the company.
And then thereís Matt Wieters.
For whatever reason, Matt Wieters has never had such a deal. At least until now. While Topps hasnít announced which product will be their first to have the Baltimore catcher in packs, the two sides finally agreed.
They hinted at it with a tweet for a June 30th 2016 Topps Now Baseball card and its ensuing tweet:
Wieters is one of six Orioles on the card that commemorates their June home run record.
We did confirm that this wasnít a one-off or some sort of separate deal. Topps and Wieters are now working together.
While a lack of a deal with Topps has limited the number of Matt Wieters cards out there, he still has some. Panini has included him regularly thanks to their MLBPA license. Upper Deck also did back in his early MLB days and even further back when he was with USA Baseball. While still a prospect, Wieters was also one of a handful of young players to sign autograph deals with Razor, the company that later took over the Leaf name.
Even Topps has a couple of Wieters cards with their online programs. The most notable is a 2009 eTopps card.
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