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In 1938, the Topps company was born in Brooklyn, NY by Morris Shorin and his four sons. The family used Topps to distribute gum as a way to supplement their struggling tobacco business. The company quickly grew and in 1949, they entered the baseball card industry for which they are most known for. The company also manufactures other collectibles such as pinback buttons. Like other manufacturing companies, not every collectible will make it to full-scale production. Some of them will only run as test issues, making them rarer than the average collectible, and thus more desirable among collectors.
Hake, T. (2017, March 17). "Smarty buttons" Topps file copy wrapper & button pair. Retrieved from https://www.hakes.com/Auction/ItemDetail/210918/SMARTY-BUTTONS-TOPPS-FIL...
Topps. (n.d.). History. Retrieved February 16, 2020, from https://www.topps.com/history