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5/15/24 by RIPPED

Top pitching prospect Skenes impresses in MLB debut

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2024 Bowman Baseball – Hobby Box I 2024 Topps Baseball Series 1 – Mega Box I 2024 Topps Heritage Baseball Mini

What’s up, Rippers! Last week was like an early Christmas gift for baseball fans who love prospecting. Bowman Baseball was released with some marquee names – including Dylan Crews and Walker Jenkins – on the checklist. If you haven’t yet, make sure to pick up a box soon to get your hands on the 1st Bowman cards of future MLB stars. This week, we dive into the impressive debut of a Pirates phenom flamethrower, Fanatics strikes a partnership with the English Premier League, and BUNT 24 Bowman Challenge offers collectors a shot at winning hobby boxes.

  • Skenes doesn’t disappoint in much-anticipated MLB debut 
  • Fanatics will start producing licensed English Premier League cards in 2025
  • Ripping packs on Topps BUNT app can be a gateway to free cards

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Skenes, the top pitching prospect in all of baseball, shows he’s the real deal in debut

Paul Skenes’ MLB debut last Saturday received hype we haven’t seen in a young pitcher since Stephen Strasburg in 2010. The Pittsburgh Pirates flamethrower didn’t disappoint. The 21-year-old struck out seven hitters in four-plus innings and took a no decision in the Pirates’ 10-9 victory against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. Sporting an MLB Debut Patch on his right shoulder, the No. 1 pick in the 2023 MLB Draft revved up the home crowd. Skenes threw 84 pitches in his much-anticipated outing, clocking 17 four-seam fastballs over 100 mph. When it was announced that Skenes was being called up to the big leagues three days before his first start, his trading cards were in high demand. Skenes, the No. 3 overall prospect, has his 1st Bowman card in the 2023 Bowman Draft set. The base card and its numerous variations were chase cards when the product was released last December. The interest in Skenes cards is just going to keep building with each of his impressive starts.

Fanatics strikes a deal with English Premier League to produce cards, stickers

It’s been five years since Topps has produced English Premier League cards, but that will change in June 2025. Fanatics Collectibles and the English Premier League struck a multiyear deal as the exclusive provider of trading cards, trading card games, and stickers. Topps has a storied history with the EPL, partnering from 1994 to 2019. Get ready for riveting Topps Chrome cards of English Premier League superstars like Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah. Topps already has trading card deals with Bundesliga, Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Club Competitions, and Major League Soccer (MLS).

Register for BUNT 2024 Bowman Challenge on app for a shot to win hobby boxes

It’s Bowman Baseball season, and it’s time to win some product. Collectors can win a 2024 Bowman Baseball hobby box just by ripping packs on the Topps BUNT app. Collect all-new ’24 Bowman digital trading cards of MLB’s top prospects, rookies, and stars while hunting for redemption tickets in entry packs that can be redeemed for a hobby box. To enter, download Topps BUNT free in the App Store or Google Play, and create a free account. Head to the in-app digital pack store, find 2024 Bowman packs, and start ripping. Open entry packs via in-app currency (coins or gems) to win a hobby box valued at $260. Over 350 hobby boxes will be given out to lucky collectors.

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