Topps Inaugural Edition Cards Feed Obama-Mania

by Jeff

The Topps Company pays a special tribute to President-Elect Barack Obama and his historic achievements with the Topps President Obama Trading Card Box, an exclusive series of collectible trading cards now available for order.

The 90-card series will document, in colorful photos and fact-filled text, Obama’s remarkable only-in-America life story, beginning with his humble childhood and culminating with his incredible rise to the White House.

“The upcoming release of our tribute to Barack Obama carries on the company’s proud tradition of documenting significant and newsworthy moments in time,” said Topps CEO Scott Silverstein. “These cards will resonate with the millions of Americans whose passionate outpouring of support provided President-Elect Obama with one of the most memorable and historic victories ever. This educational, entertaining and emotional collection is destined to become an instant classic.”

Each of the 90 cards in this Inaugural Edition will tell a different and compelling story of Obama’s life – from his childhood in Hawaii to his college days at Columbia and Harvard, from his job as a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side to his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, from his whirlwind presidential campaign to his rousing victory speech on election night. Poignant relationships with his parents, grandparents, wife, children and other family members are featured, as well as those with political figures and global leaders, in dozens of photos and words, many culled from Obama’s own speeches and writings.

Topps recently announced a host of extras for the series that pay tribute to the president-elect’s past, present and future. Available in the trading card box is a new White House Puppy Redemption Card, which is seeded one per case. Though the Obamas will not make their puppy selection for a few months, fans will luck out when the pooch finally comes home. Any retailer who pulls the redemption card will be sent a card featuring the First Puppy. Also inside the box will be Obama High School Basketball Card, seeded two per case. The unique card features a young Barack in his PunahouHigh School basketball uniform on the classic 1978 Topps basketball card design. Finally, the entire 90-card base set will be paralleled and stamped with a one-of-a-kind commemorative foil Inaugural seal (two per box) and in a shiny silver foil sticker format (eight per box).

The new trading cards are already drawing attention from mainstream media, with mentions in publications like Forbes Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Daily Herald, online venues like MSN Money & WashingtonPost.com and television and radio programs, including CNN’s Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull.

The Topps President Barack Obama Trading Card Box will be available in stores nationwide prior to the much-anticipated inauguration of the nation’s 44th President on January 20th. Each foil-wrapped pack will contain six premium-quality cards, plus one sticker, at a suggested retail price of $1.99 per pack. Request your invitation to this event today by mentioning the item code (OCT088053) to your local comic shop.

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