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Topps: As American As Bubble Gum, Baseball Cards
CNBC.com | May 27, 2011 | 10:52 AM EDT

There are few things more American than bubble gum and baseball cards.

This is something Topps, the nation’s leading manufacturer of Bazooka gum and sports cards, has known for more than 60 years.

“Very few brands are part of the DNA when you're growing up, and Topps is one of them,” said Ryan O’Hara, the company’s chief executive.

Topps was founded in 1938 by the Shorn brothers as a gum company. In 1952, the company introduced its now-iconic baseball cards.

“The company's been a pillar in America off the back of baseball cards ever since,” said O’Hara.

Topps executives recently made the tough decision to renew their lease in New York City’s Manhattan — a move that may cost more money, but also remains true to the company’s American roots.

“It’s very important to us,” said O’Hara of keeping the company’s headquarters in Manhattan.

“We decided that being an American company and being located in the heart of New York, where we've always been, made a lot of sense. So, we doubled down and recommitted to that effort, and we're really proud to be made in America.”

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