For many in the media, we live vicariously through professional athletes as they perform on big stages. However, some standouts in the field can now claim to be on equal pegging in one respect: getting on a trading card.
That’s something that SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum and CBS sideline reporter Allie LaForce can now boast. They are among a few in the field who will have cards as part of a new set being released by Topps under the Allen & Ginter brand, a retro series of trading cards.
Allen & Ginter is the first brand of cigarette cards — used for advertising and stiffening cigarette packaging — that got the ball rolling when it came to card collecting/trading in the 1800s.
Now, Topps uses the Allen & Ginter name to release a vintage series each year.
Here’s a look at Finebaum’s card.
And here’s a look at LaForce’s card.
Among the other media personalities to receive the trading-card treatment are Stephen A. Smith, Jayson Stark, Tom Rinaldi and Ken Rosenthal. Verne Lundquist is somehow not represented.
This set, which also will feature former athletes and actors, will be released on Wednesday.