Getting to Know Your 2018 U.S. Olympic Hopefuls Thanks to Topps
Darren Rovell, sports business journalist for ESPN, recently conducted a poll on Twitter. The question asked was: How many U.S. Olympians can you name in this year’s Olympics? Respondents could select the following answers: None, 1-5, 6-10, More than 10. The results were woeful. Of the almost 19,000 people that responded, 94% said they can’t name more than five Olympians in this year’s games. 1 in 3 said they can’t name anyone.
Topps Company recently released a set of trading cards focused on the Winter Olympic Games titled 2018 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team Hopefuls.
Obviously, watching the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games would help with that conundrum. However, might I recommend doing so while participating in a collectible activity while you watch TV? Over the last several years, the Topps Company, famous for its years of producing sports cards, particularly baseball, has also manufactured Olympic trading cards. The company recently released a set of trading cards focused on the Winter Olympic Games titled 2018 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team Hopefuls.
Opening packs of trading cards seems like a much more fun way to learn about Team U.S.A. and the 2018 Winter Olympics. For example, thanks to the product’s “Did You Know?” insert set, you will learn that this is the first Winter Olympics to allow music with lyrics in figure skating competition. Who knew?
Chloe Kim, the 17-year old snowboarding prodigy, is only the second rider in history, male or female, to score a perfect 100 points in competition.
With regards to our country’s athletes, the whole world will soon learn about Chloe Kim. The 17-year old snowboarding prodigy is only the second rider in history, male or female, to score a perfect 100 points in competition. The other snowboarder is two-time Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White. That’s some pretty impressive company.
This famous gold medal winning team opted not to attend this year’s Olympics, opening the door for other hopefuls. Thankfully for fans and collectors, they still have cards commemorating their past achievements.
A couple of favorites in their respective discipline, the Ice Dancing pair of Meryl Davis and Charlie White were set to repeat their Gold Medal performance in Sochi 2014. However, the team opted not to attend this year’s Olympics. This opens the door for a new winner to take the Gold Medal.
The duo’s special bond has resulted in an unprecedented four Grand Prix Final Championships. The two first started skating together in 1997 making them the longest-tenured U.S. Ice Dancing team in history. Their absence from this year’s Games will be missed. Thankfully for fans and collectors, they still have cards commemorating their past achievements.
This year’s women’s figure skating competition will be highlighted by the performance of two American Gold medalist contenders, Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold.
This year’s women’s figure skating competition will be highlighted by the performance of two American Gold medalist contenders. Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold are each ready to take the next step in their respective careers. They’ll look to return the U.S. to its rightful place amongst the world’s best in women’s figure skating in which we have had a rich tradition of success.
In addition to the aforementioned snowboarding king Shaun White, alpine skier Lindsey Vonn is almost assuredly one Olympian most Americans recognize. Vonn is the only American woman to capture Downhill gold in the Olympic Winter Games. She accomplished the feat at the 2010 games in Vancouver, Canada. She has been a staple on the Olympic team dating back to her first appearance in 2002 at the tender age of just 17-years old.
In addition to multiple base cards in 2018 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team Hopefuls, Vonn is honored in the product with a 15-Card insert set fittingly titled, Career Milestones.
In addition to multiple base cards in 2018 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team Hopefuls, Vonn is honored in the product with a 15-Card insert set fittingly titled, Career Milestones. She also has two autographed versions, making a truly keepsake collectible for those lucky enough to find one.
Vonn isn’t the only one with autographed cards in the set. A total of 48 different Olympians signed for the Topps Company this year. Some of the marquee names include the previously mentioned Gracie Gold, Asley Wagner and Chloe Kim. Collectors have already been speculating that Kim might win the Gold in women’s halfpipe by setting the market value for her autograph between $190 and $250 based on recent sales of her autographed cards on eBay.
Men’s long-track speed skater Shani Davis is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing performance in Sochi in 2014.
Another veteran of the Olympics, men’s long-track speed skater Shani Davis is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing performance in Sochi in 2014. He too has autographed cards in the set and collectors are hoping he can return to form and capture his third Olympic gold medal. He accomplished the feat at Turin, Italy in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010.
In addition to insert sets and autographed cards, this unique sets helps connects collectors and Olympians with an impressive array or athlete-worn relic cards and commemorative Olympic medallions as well.
The Olympics always provides our country an opportunity to take pride in the greatness and achievements of our country’s best amateur athletes. Thanks to Topps, fans and collectors have a way of preserving the memories of this year’s Olympic Games for years to come.
Rob Bertrand has been an active collector of sports cards and memorabilia for more than 25 years. His involvement in the hobby community is well documented, having been involved with multi-media content development for several sports collectibles websites. Currently the Senior Marketing Manager for Sports & Entertainment at the hobby distributor GTS Distribution, he is also the co-host of the sports collectibles hobby’s only live streaming and nationally broadcast web show, Go GTS Live – The Hobby’s Web Show. He is the author of the highly respected and trafficked blog, Voice of the Collector and you can follow him on Twitter @VOTC. A dealer himself, Rob runs an online business through eBay, and is frequently asked to consign collections.
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