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Topps Adds Baseball Card Spin to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Topps Adds Baseball Card Spin to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

With the Ice Bucket Challenge sweeping the globe, raising awareness and funds for ALS charities, card companies are getting involved. After being challenged, Upper Deck answered the call. At the end of their video, the California-based card maker nominated Topps. They responded not only with the traditional bucket-over-the-head fashion but by creating a set of baseball card-style prints of Pete Frates.

Frates, a former baseball player at Boston College, was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. While he wasn't the first person to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, Frates is credited as one of the people to help jump start it and make it a viral sensation.

Topps has created a set of five different Pete Frates prints, each using a different design from the company's archives: 1958, 1963, 1975, 1985 and 1987. Available exclusively through, individual 10" x 14" prints are $19.99. Set of all five prints measuring 5" x 7" are also available for $24.99.

Prints are done on vintage-style stock, giving them a baseball card look and feel.

All proceeds from the sale of these prints will be donated to ALS research. You can also donate directly to the ALS Assocation through their website.

2014 Topps Ice Bucket Challenge Pete Frates Prints Gallery:


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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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