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Investors gear up for takeover

On Friday, a group of investors will try to change the direction of the Topps company -- at stake is the future of the baseball card industry.

Updated: July 27, 2006, 3:42 PM ET
By Wright Thompson | ESPN.com

Timothy Brog grew up collecting baseball cards. His first was a Topps 1972 Vida Blue. Quickly, everyone found out that young Tim had quite the business acumen; he once paid $90 for a collection of cards he then sold, individually, for $4,000.

Predictably, Brog grew up to be an investment whiz, managing a hedge fund, Pembridge Capital Management LLC, for about two years now. Like the rest in his industry, Brog tries to pump up the value of the stocks owned by the fund.

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