Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – Topps Announces Japanese Autograph Signer

Kenta Maeda

Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie Kenta Maeda Signs Autograph Deal with Topps

Kenta Maeda recently made his Cactus League debut, wearing his Los Angeles Dodgers uniform for the first time in a Major League Baseball game. However, that’s not the only exciting first for the pitcher. The Topps Company is proud to announce the Japanese import will be signing cards for Topps® products this season.

Maeda’s first autograph will appear in 2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball™, which is scheduled to come out on March 30.

“Maeda is a popular player on a big market team with dominant international statistics,” said Topps Baseball brand manager Zvee Geffen. “It’s a combination driving excitement for fans everywhere, and Topps is the only place collectors will find his Major League Baseball–licensed autographed cards.”

Maeda, 27, will appear in a number of 2016 Topps® baseball products, including 2016 Bowman® Baseball where he will have an autograph.

Maeda spent eight years playing in Japan where he compiled a 97-67 record with a 2.39 ERA. The Dodgers signed him to an eight-year deal in the offseason, and has been one of the most-talked about players leading up to the 2016 season.

Maeda is expected to make his MLB regular-season debut in early April.

Baseball fans will be able to find Maeda cards in other Topps products such as 2016 Gypsy Queen®, Museum Collection, Tier One®, Tribute® and more.

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