Sometimes breaking news is so huge that you have to stop what you are doing, put your phone down, rub your eyes and then read it again to make sure that you saw the headline correctly.
Today was one of those days.
Major League Baseball and the MLB Player's Association announced a new deal–as first reported by Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal–with online sports merchandise and collectible giant Fanatics, breaking a long standing partnership that they have had with Topps, the company synonymous with the term "baseball cards" that has dominated the space since the early 1950's.
The deal with the MLBPA is set to initiate in 2023, meaning that Fanatics may begin producing cards without team logos on it for the first three years. MLB's current deal with Topps runs through the end of 2025, meaning that starting in 2026, Fanatics will be allowed to include all MLB trademarks and logos.
Topps currently has exclusive rights to produce cards with MLB players and logos, while Panini produces baseball cards MLB logos photoshopped out, as their partnership is strictly with the MLBPA, and not with MLB.