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In Episode 4, we break down September call-ups to keep your eye on, ESPN researcher and writer Mark Simon explains his history with collecting (12:35), we look into Force Friday's impact on the Star Wars Card Trader App (29:00), and we choose a winner for the inaugural Topps Talk giveaway. Hosted by Alex Birsh. Music provided: "Style Funk" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 "Protofunk" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
In this episode, we ask the question "What does Star Wars mean to you?" Along with asking Topps employees, host Alex Birsh brings the question to Matthew Wood, LucasFilm sound editor and voice of General Grievous in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Brand manager Mark Von Ohlen comes on to discuss Galactic Connexions Series 3.
Topps BUNT returns for its 5th season, with exciting new features and designs that will make new and old fans very pleased. App producers Mike Salerno and Jon Hanford stopped by to discuss the 2016 version. Host Alex Birsh then brings on Matt Sammon as the first ToppCollector, and they discuss how Matt got into the card collecting hobby.
When Topps Baseball Series One is released, it means one thing: baseball is officially back. Celebrate the start of the 2016 baseball season by hearing about how the product came together. Listen to interviews with the VP of product development, art director, and assistant brand manager, and we hear from Yankees OF Carlos Beltran and Rays 3B Evan Longoria on what it's like to have your very own card. Hosted by Alex Birsh.
In this episode, host Alex Birsh brings on voice actor Stephen Stanton, who has been a part of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels television shows. He has used his talent in voice matching to bring legendary Star Wars characters to life, such as Grand Moff/Admiral Tarkin and Mas Amedda. He is a new signer for Topps, and will debut in the soon-to-be released Star Wars Evolution, which can be found in your local hobby store.
It's Topps BUNT Day on April 9th! To honor the day, host Alex Birsh interviewed budding MLB superstar Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros to discuss his role as the cover athlete of the app. Web content and marketing strategist Andrew Diamond leads off the podcast talking about the newest product offers: Topps Now.
Baseball aficionado and multi-award winning broadcaster Bob Costas talks with host Alex Birsh about his love of baseball cards, the one card he still carries around with him to this day, Vin Scully's impact on him (and the sports world), the state of baseball, and more.
Bowman Baseball is back in stores, and brand manager Zvee Geffen joins host Alex Birsh to talk about the exciting content in the product. Birsh then brought on the 2nd overall pick of the 2015 MLB Draft, Houston Astros prospect Alex Bregman, to talk about his hot start to the season, his journey to professional baseball, and his chess game.
In this week's episode, we have something for everyone: a look into this year's version of the Topps HUDDLE app, an interview with director of player personnel for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tyrone Brooks (10:35), and a breakdown of the exciting new Star Wars products that have hit the shelves (26:08). Hosted by Alex Birsh. Music Provided: "Funkorama" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 "Pyro Flow" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
The inaugural episode includes the "Bowman Breakdown" with Bowman assistant brand manager Andrew Diamond, an interview with Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, and a look inside the new release of the 2015 Allen and Ginter Baseball Set. Hosted by Alex Birsh.
In this mini-episode, host Alex Birsh brings on The Walking Dead: Card Trader team to talk about the new app that launched on May 12th!
On this week's episode, collector-turned-draft pick Tim Lynch talks about his love for collecting cards and autographs, and his journey to getting drafted by the New York Yankees. Director of app production Chris Vaccaro joins to talk about Topps' new app, Topps UFC KNOCKOUT 16, and marketing and communications manager Susan Lulgjuraj discusses Topps Stadium Club, which is in stores on July 1st.
In honor of August 13th being National Baseball Card Day, this episode is all about you, the collector. Host Alex Birsh talks with a handful of baseball card fans to hear about their history with collecting cards, and why they do what they do.
In this episode, actors John Morton (Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) and Taylor Gray (Star Wars Rebels) sit down to discuss their roles in the Star Wars galaxy, stories from the set, and much more. Hosted by Alex Birsh.
In this episode, Mike Salerno (TOPPSMike) talks about features and prizes to look for during the postseason in BUNT, and we welcome three minor leaguers (Paul Dejong, Todd Hankins, and Aaron Wilkerson) to talk about their life in the Minor Leagues while they open a box of Bowman Baseball (9:43). Hosted by Alex Birsh.
In this episode, host Alex Birsh brings on associate app producers Jeremy Lipsey and Keith Cuenca to talk about the Star Wars Card Trader App in honor of Star Wars Card Trader Day (March 12th), marking the one-year anniversary of the app. Listen in to hear how you can win a special set that will be unveiled on the 12th!
Time to get wacky...with Major League Baseball. Host Alex Birsh takes you through the newest product from Topps: Major League Baseball Wacky Packages! Wacky and Garbage Pail Kids artist Joe Simko joins the show, along with the product's assistant brand manager Matt Bleiberg and brand manager Colin Walton. Hear how the product came to be, and listen closely to hear how you can win a free box!
Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster Joe Block visited the Topps offices recently and sat down with host Alex Birsh to talk about collecting cards throughout his life. Also on the program is vice president of product development Clay Luraschi to talk about Topps Baseball Series 2, which is out in hobby and retail stores now.
In Episode 2, we break down Topps Chrome Baseball, the impactful MLB trade deadline (7:20), the Topps App team's presence (15:45), and the soon-to-be-released Star Wars Revenge of the Sith 3D and Star Wars Chrome Perspectives (23:05). Hosted by Alex Birsh. Music provided: "Feelin Good" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 "RetroFuture Clean" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 "Pyro Flow" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 "Early Riser" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
In Episode 8, we play Part 2 of our two-part interview with Keith Olbermann. Keith discusses his admiration for Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle, and he waxes poetic on the way a baseball card can capture a moment in time. Hosted by Alex Birsh.
To start Topps Talk's second season, we honor the icon that helped turn Topps into what it is today. Sy Berger joined the company in 1947, and helped transform it into a staple of American culture. Hosted by Alex Birsh.
In this week's episode, Impractical Joker James Murray discusses his career and the Jokers' appearance in Allen and Ginter Baseball. Brand Manager Mark Von Ohlen leads off the episode with the unveiling of the Doctor Who Trading Card Set, which hits the stores on November 25th. Hosted by Alex Birsh.
In this episode, NBC's Chuck Todd calls in to talk about how card collecting continues to connect him with his past (11:00), and Bowman assistant brand manager Matt Bleiberg stops by to discuss the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game's most intriguing prospects. Hosted by Alex Birsh
For our 30th episode, host Alex Birsh traveled to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to talk with three influential members of the staff: researcher and writer Bruce Markusen, curator John Odell, and president Jeff Idelson. Listen in to hear about Topps' presence in Cooperstown, how Pete Rose makes a cameo in the Hall, and what Idelson thinks of the two newest inductees.
Topps is in San Diego for the second straight week, thanks to MLB's All-Star festivities being right on the heels of this week's San Diego Comic Con. Host Alex Birsh shares interviews at the Topps booth at All-Star FanFest with Mets All-Star Noah Syndergaard, who was fresh off his Topps BUNT Live Signature event. Prospect Dominic Smith also stopped by to talk about his journey through the Minors. The episode finishes with an interview with brand manager Mark Von Ohlen about the new Doctor Who set, Doctor Who Timeless.
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Jul 25th, 2015
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Oct 20th, 2016
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