It was announced today that the U.S. Olympic Committee selected Topps as the exclusive trading card producer of Team USA cards for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Topps will release the first of it’s Team USA cards in the spring of 2012, leaving plenty of time to get them before the London Games. The collection will feature the country's top Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls, including Allyson Felix (track & field), Missy Franklin (swimming), Lolo Jones (track & field), Tatyana McFadden (Para track & field), Michael Phelps (swimming), Jerome Singleton (Para track & field), Hope Solo (soccer) and Jordyn Wieber (gymnastics).
There will be 100 gold-medal hopeful cards - 40 of which feature authentic athlete-autographed special versions. The release will also celebrate past Team USA medalists, the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and their diverse sports and venues, and will include randomly inserted cards embedded with Olympic pins, patches and replica medals.
A portion of each purchase will go directly to supporting the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams.