It was announced today that MSNBC anchor, SABR member, and all-around baseball fanatic, Keith Olbermann will tell the inside story of three decades' worth of Topps proof cards in a five-part, serialized feature to debut with the May 30 issue of Sports Collectors Digest on newsstands May 15. Readers will be treated to a narrative of nearly 30 years of baseball card lore told by Olbermann, an avid card collector. Reportedly, "each segment is illustrated with dozens of cards from private collections not seen publicly for generations. The magazine will also host an online sweepstakes to coincide with the series; top prizes include items from the famed Topps Vault and a unique, one-of-a-kind plaque depicting 'The Rarest Reggie,' a 1977 proof card of Reggie Jackson."
"Baby Boomers remember their baseball cards fondly, the colorful little pasteboards that brought the likes of Mickey Mantle, Henry Aaron, and Willie Mays to life for a generation of fans before the dawn of free agency, cable television, and stadiums awkwardly named after pharmaceutical conglomerates," said Sports Collectors Digest Editor T.S. O'Connell. "Keith is perhaps the most famous baseball card collector around. He owned virtually all of those iconic cards at one time or another, but he also has some vintage cards that only a handful of hobbyists have ever seen, much less owned. We are thrilled to be able to share this collection with our readers." Olbermann's collection includes 'goofs' that the famed Topps proofreaders caught, but, despite their best efforts, eventually found their way into print and the hobby.
The five articles, spanning from 1958 to the 1980s uncover -- and show readers -- comic moments like Bob Gibson and Tom Seaver posing as left-handers, or the late-season trades that caused Topps designers to hurriedly redesign cards, or attempt to 'airbrush' team logos long before the advent of computer technology.
Sports Collectors Digest will conduct an exclusive sweepstakes inconjunction with the series, asking collectors to offer their views on a host of hobby topics on the publisher's Web site, with random drawings for prizes, including a top prize of a 1977 proof card of Reggie Jackson depicting him with the Orioles, and other rare Topps proofs.
Source: Sports Collectors Digest