Top Turkey Red Cards to Collect
As we gear up for Thanksgiving, our taste buds craving the savory delights of cajun-spiced and fried turkey (for real, the turkey game has levels), there’s another kind of “turkey” that’s been piquing the interest of sports collectors for quite a while – Topps Turkey Red cards. Now, before you start thinking about stuffing and cranberry sauce, let me set the record straight. These cards have been making their digital debut in Topps apps right around Thanksgiving for nearly a decade, but their roots run even deeper. They’re like a scrumptious slice of trading card history that spans various sports. Back in the day, Turkey Red cards had a connection to tobacco products, but these days, they serve a whole different purpose, all while retaining that vintage charm we can’t resist. So, as we indulge in our Thanksgiving feast and do our best to avoid the trappings of the dreaded yet magical “itis”, let’s also take a moment to relish the legacy of these iconic cards, once used to promote Turkey Red cigarettes.
2020 Topps Update Turkey Red #TR-6 Yordan Alvarez RC
The 2020 Topps Update Turkey Red #TR-6 Yordan Alvarez rookie card is a standout collectible. A promising young talent, Alvarez made his Major League Baseball debut with the Houston Astros in 2019 and quickly made a name for himself, winning the American League Rookie of the Year award. There’s a massive chance Alvarez ends up in the same conversation as the all-time greats when it’s time to hang up the cleats. He’s a champion with a list of accolades that he could be read with a scroll. Invest in Alvarez everything.
2005 Topps Turkey Red #TRA-AR Aaron Rodgers Red Auto
Suppose Rodgers returns to action from the Achilles tear he suffered in the Jets’ 2023 opener by his targeted date of Dec. 24. If so, it’ll arguably be the most miraculous injury recovery in sports history. The surefire Hall of Famer’s legacy extends far beyond his belief in alternative medicine, having carved out a career filled with game-winning drives, multiple M.V.P.s and a place in G.O.A.T. conversation alongside Tom Brady. That alone should tell you about the value of an autographed Turkey Red card from Rodgers.
2006 Topps Turkey Red Shaquille O’Neal Auto
The “Big Diesel” concluded the 2006 season by hoisting an NBA championship for the fourth time in his illustrious and physically dominant career. Coincidentally, the back-board breaking center’s Turkey Red auto dropped the same year he won his final title. This is a must-have for any Shaq fan, and the playground-inspired hoops in the back bring back a little nostalgia. Does anybody remember the Aaron Carter Song, “How I Beat Shaq?” It could’ve happened on those very same courts.
2020 Topps Chrome® Turkey #TRC-58 Babe Ruth Green Refractor /10
The Turkey Red family boasts several notable cards, but their 2020 collab with the Topps Chrome® product certainly adds more prestige. This Babe Ruth Green Refractor features a print run of 10, making it a coveted yet rare card that would certainly boost any collection. Happy Hunting!
2013 Topps Turkey Red #3 Mike Trout
A year after winning the AL’s Rookie of the Year award, Trout found himself in the Topps’ 2013 Turkey Red product. The year turned out to be a great one for the future Hall of Famer, who made his second consecutive All-Star appearance and led the league in runs with 109.
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