Thursday, May 3, 2012
Kate Upton getting Topps trading card
By Chris Olds
Special to Playbook Visuals
She's been a dancing machine and she's denied Justin Verlander entrance into the Perfect Club in "MLB 2K12" commercials, but there's one place you haven't yet seen Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue superstar Kate Upton.
On a baseball card.
But all that will change in July, as Topps will be including the 19-year-old model in packs of Allen & Ginter baseball cards (coincidentally, alongside another 19-year-old you might have heard a little about this past week: Bryce Harper).
Modeled after the late 1800s tobacco cards (inserted into cigarette packs) of the same name, Allen & Ginter includes baseball players and notables from other sports. These "world's champions," as they were called in the 1800s, were athletes from other sports. In the modern-day version, that means athletes, celebs and more.
In addition to a regular card, which shows her at the Swimsuit Issue launch party on Feb. 14 in New York, she will sign a limited number of cards that will be placed into packs alongside the likes of Verlander, Albert Pujols, Hank Aaron, Ken Griffey Jr. and other baseball stars from the past and present. You can see lists of past signers in Ginter sets by clicking here.
Upton fans also will have something else to chase down in this year's set, as she'll also provide a yet-unrevealed piece of clothing to be cut up and the pieces placed into Relic cards.
Who else will be found in Ginter this year? There are many, but Michael Phelps, ESPN's Erin Andrews and Kirk Herbstreit, Arnold Palmer, Roger Federer, Greg Gumbel and Michael Buffer are in there, just to name a few.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Check out Beckett.com for the latest news on sports cards and memorabilia. You can also follow him on Twitter.