Topps Launches Historic Negro Leagues Card Set by Micah Johnson

Topps, renowned for its iconic baseball cards, has made history by teaming up with artist and ex-Major League Baseball player Micah Johnson for an extraordinary collaboration. This groundbreaking partnership has birthed the inaugural Topps Negro Leagues Baseball Card Set, a project that has left Johnson brimming with pride, marking it as one of his most cherished accomplishments. The grand unveiling commenced with a card featuring the legendary Satchel Paige in Kansas City, marking the commencement of the “Road to Rickwood” initiative.

As the countdown begins towards the revered Rickwood Classic, a fresh card will be revealed each week, leading up to a momentous MLB match at Rickwood Field on June 20, 2024. This game, along with the innovative card series, serves as a tribute to the oldest professional ballpark in the United States and the former stomping grounds of the Birmingham Black Barons. To elevate the homage paid, towering 24-foot tall replicas of each card will be showcased at various MLB ballparks across the nation.

An insight into Micah Johnson’s journey reveals his evolution from a professional baseball player to a respected artist with a profound mission to motivate and uplift. The artwork he has crafted for the Topps series comprises intricate, hand-drawn portraits of renowned Negro Leagues players, seamlessly intertwining artistic finesse with historical reverence.

Enhancing the allure of this collector’s dream are the distinctive features present within the set. Apart from the base cards, collectors have the chance to discover limited edition Numbered Parallel Cards in every print run, including variations like Silver Border (/99), Blue Border (/49), Purple Border (/25), Red Border (/10), Orange Border (/5), and the highly coveted Gold Border (/1). These parallel cards add an element of exclusivity and desirability to an already sought-after collection, amplifying the thrill for eager collectors as they seek out these gems.

Far beyond being mere memorabilia, this card series serves as a poignant celebration of the rich history and enduring legacy of the Negro Leagues, presenting fans and collectors alike with a unique opportunity to own a piece of art encapsulating the essence of these baseball luminaries. With the promise of new releases gracing Thursdays leading up to June 20, enthusiasts are on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting each addition to this momentous and historic series.


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