You can now own a piece of baseball history — that is, if tablecloths are your thing.
Manny Machado was introduced as the newest member of the San Diego Padres on Friday on the heels of signing the biggest free agent contract ever in the history of American sports at $300 million for 10 years.
And (this is not a joke) the tablecloth from Machado’s introductory’s press conference could be yours, in the form of a baseball relic card courtesy of Topps:
Manny Machado signs with the @Padres is now a #TOPPSNOW card — with a limited relic card available of the table cloth used at the conference. Collect these cards here: https://t.co/k55J8tPePl pic.twitter.com/JbIh3qKh7Z
— The Topps Company (@Topps) February 22, 2019
Prices range from $9.99 to a whopping $799.99 and the card is only available for 24 hours.
If you’re wondering how historic a tablecloth could possibly be, so did Twitter:
*Manny Machado finishes lunch, throws away empty plastic cup and styrofoam container in trash can*
Topps employee: pic.twitter.com/3RvUywmEae
— Bill Baer 🌹 (@Baer_Bill) February 22, 2019
This isn’t the first time a tablecloth from a significant moment has been featured in a card, albeit the one used in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” seems more palatable.
Turns out a "tablecloth" memorabilia card was made 14 years ago for the Tim Burton Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie set (which has some of the best prop cards ever, by the way). pic.twitter.com/CUnSWHCP9j
— Ryan Cracknell (@tradercracks) February 22, 2019
Look, this is a just a tad out of the box. And perhaps it is fair to question why anyone would spend $800 on a tablecloth relic. But Machado, at 26 years old, has yet to hit the prime of his career and could land in the record books if he continues at this rate. I mean, if you were a San Francisco Giants fan, wouldn’t you want a piece of the tablecloth from Barry Bonds’ introductory press conference in 1992?
Maybe, just maybe, Topps will get the last laugh. But $800? That’s crazy.
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