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Baseball Card Company Returns To Basics For Today's Stars

Posted April 1, 2001 7:00 a.m. EDT

— The oldest baseball card company is giving fans another chance to re-claim the prizes of their childhood.

Toppsis reprinting their baseball cards, so that today's stars will appear as they would in 1952. Topps was the first to put a sports hero's face on cardboard 50 years ago.

Baseball fans will probably tell you how they used to pin them to the spokes of their bike or how their mothers threw away their collection.

"That's why a lot of the cards are worth what they are. If everybody would have kept the cards, they wouldn't be quite worth what they are today," says store owner Donald Chavis.

Chavis says, in the old days, a 30-cent pack of Topps cards that now goes for $5 came with a piece of gum.

"A lot of times, you can't get the gum off without tearing the card, so it makes the card worthless," Chavis says.

The gum has been gone from Topps packs since the 1980s, but now it is back with it being wrapped in cellophane.

Before Topps sold out of the Heritage series of baseball cards, they sold for $4 a pack. These days, you will probably have to pay double that price.