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Topps Cards Put 3D Baseball Player Avatars on Your Computer Screen

By: Going Like Sixty - Published: Mar 10, 2009 • References: nytimes
Baseball card collectors: raid the 401k, because Topps 3D Live baseball cards are here. Hold the “Augmented Reality” baseball card in front of a webcam and watch a 3D avatar of your favorite player on the computer screen. Rotate the 3D baseball card, and the perspective rotates.

“Augmented Reality,” combines a real image with a virtual one. Topps considers this a defining moment for baseball card collectors worldwide.

Topps needs the boost because basecards just don’t appeal to collectors in the digital age. The baseball trading card biz used to a billion dollar business, but now is just $200 million. With 3D baseball cards, this will be a huge boost to the card collecting mania.