|Is this the last we will see of Ichiro Suzuki on a Topps card?|
Good question. Everybody has been hung up about Mickey Mantle not appearing on any cards and that whole Pete Rose debacle from a couple of weeks ago that it seems that nobody has pointed out the fact that Ichiro Suzuki of the New York Yankees (that already sounds strange, doesn't it?) does not have any Topps cards in Series 1.
Looking over checklist previews from Topps for this year's editions of Heritage (which comes out this week...officially), Gypsy Queen, Archives, Allen & Ginter, Museum Collection, Tribute, Tier One, Triple Threads, as well as Topps Chipz, Topps Big League Minis and the 17 card retail sets, Ichiro's name does not appear on ANY OF THOSE LISTS??!
Where, oh where, has Ichiro gone...Oh where, oh where can his Topps cards be???
Try Panini, where he shows up as card #55 in their Triple Play product due out later this year.
My response to Mr. Stevens read in part:
Next to Mickey Mantle, I think Ichiro has been the biggest omission in Topps products so far...
I'm beginning to think that he may not have signed the contract with Topps (although Topps is licensed with the MLB Properties and MLB Players Association, they still sign players individually as they have for more than sixty years). It remains to be seen if he signs with Topps in time for Series 2.
In the meantime, you will be able to find cards of Ichiro in Panini products and I know that Leaf signed an exclusive autograph/memorabilia deal with Leaf to produce cards with his likeness, albeit without MLB logos.
Could this be why there are not one, but two cards missing from the Cut to the Chase die-cut insert set? Will he be signed in time for series 2 or Update Series? Will there be any more Ichiro cards as a Yankee (which should have been a dead giveaway that he was a blatant omission, especially since this is Topps we're talking about).
Surprisingly, there has been no news on this. Hopefully somebody more enlightened will be able to respond to this quandry.