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Topps SPAC merger with Mudrick Capital dies because MLB killed 70-year-old trading card deal

Topps SPAC merger with Mudrick Capital dies because MLB killed 70-year-old trading card deal
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Topps’ baseball cards from the 2016 season are on display during the “Open Topps Baseball Series 1 Cards ” event at the Topps’ offices on February 10, 2016 in New York City.

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Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation II on Friday said its SPAC merger with The Topps Company “has been terminated by mutual agreement” because of Major League Baseball’s decision to end a 70-year-old trading card deal with Topps.

The announcement for the Nasdaq-listed blank check company in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission came a day after news broke that MLB will not renew its existing trading card arrangement with Topps.

MLB is expected to give its trading card business to Fanatics, the sports retail company.

Topps’ special purpose acquisition merger with Mudrick, which had been announced in April, valued Topps at $1.3 billion.

MLB has partnered with Topps on cards since 1952, getting a royalty on cards the company sells.

Topps, which was founded in 1938, in its own announcement Friday said that “it will remain a private company.”

“Topps expects to be able to produce substantially all its current licensed baseball products through 2025, pursuant to its existing agreements, and will build on the exceptional performance in the second quarter of 2021 in its Sports & Entertainment segment, and its Confections segment,” the company said.

Topps, which had been publicly traded before being taken private in 2007, retains licensing deals with Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League.

Murdrick’s full statement Friday said: “Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation II (Nasdaq: MUDS) announced today that the Agreement and Plan of Merger with Topps Intermediate Holdco, Inc. and Tornante-MDP Joe Holding LLC has been terminated by mutual agreement, after notification on August 19, 2021 from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association that they would not be renewing their respective agreements with The Topps Company when they come up for renewal at the end of 2025 and 2022, respectively.”

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