Topps says Chief Wahoo gone on baseball cards because it isn't primary logo

Topps says Chief Wahoo gone on baseball cards because it isn't primary logo

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It was years ago that Topps, the grandfather of all baseball card makers, took the cardboard infused gum out of its pack. And now it appears it will be equally hard to find Chief Wahoo on its cards.

Two days after it was announced that Topps baseball card company would stop printing cards with Chief Wahoo, the company responded to a request for comment.

The Society for American Baseball Research, and its bloggers have noticed the move starting with this season. Gone is Wahoo on anything Topps, which is the official card of Major League Baseball, designs on the cards and it's been replaced with the "Block C."

What they don't do is manipulate the image of the player, meaning if Chief Wahoo is on the sleeve or ball cap of a player, it's left alone. But the logo on the front and back is replaced with the "Block C."

A statement from the baseball card company reads:

"Topps has not changed its practice regarding logos on its cards.  We continue to use the primary and secondary logos that are determined by MLB and its clubs and show players in whatever uniforms they happen to be wearing. To the extent we show team logos on a free-standing basis, it is generally the then-current primary logos of the Clubs."

When asked to clarify what Topps sees as the Indians "primary logo," their response was, "The primary logo for Cleveland is the block C, and the secondary logo is the Wahoo. Most of the time, the primary logo is used, but where a secondary logo is requested on cards, all teams have that logo used depending on the MLB and team style guidelines."

We continue to ask it Chief Wahoo is currently being printed on a single card in 2017 by Topps and have not heard back.

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