ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently spoke to ESPN's "Mint Condition" about being featured in the "Heavy Metal Autographs" insert set as part of the 2013 Topps Archives baseball set.
The 10-card autograph set will be one of three additional insert sets to the previously announced 2013 Topps Archives release. There will be a standard version of the cards as well as one that will be limited to 25 copies and printed on metal.
"I was definitely excited," Ian said. "I collected cards as a kid and years ago, in the late '80s, they did these rock cards and I thought that was cool, but to find out I had an actual Topps card, the only way I can describe it is like going from the minors to the majors. I finally made it to the big show."
"Heavy Metal" insert set features:
* Sebastian Bach (ex-SKID ROW)
* Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE)
* Kip Winger (WINGER)
* Reb Beach (WINGER, WHITESNAKE)
* Lita Ford
* Stephen Pearcy (RATT)
* Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
* Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER)
* Bobbie Brown (WARRANT's "Cherry Pie" video)
* Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES)
2013 Topps Archives Baseball is slated for release on May 29.
The August 2011 issue of Revolver magazine contained limited-edition baseball cards of the "Big Four" bands of thrash metal — METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX — who played the historic first metal show ever at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011. The cards were modeled after the classic Topps baseball cards from 1986, the same year these four bands released their metal masterpieces.