GEM MINT 10 Christian Lopez Rookie Card

Posted: July 13, 2011 in 3000 Hits, Christian Lopez, Derek Jeter, Topps

When Christian Lopez decided to return Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit ball on Saturday it’s a good chance he didnt expect what would happen in the next few days. Since Lopez was nice enough to give Jeter the ball instead of trying to cash in on it the Yankees offered up some memorabilia and luxury box tickets to the remaining home games.  Overall, a nice trade right? Well now comes word that Lopez would owe anywhere between $5,000-$14,000 in taxes on his “free” items. Lopez told the Daily News, “Worse comes to worse, I’ll have to pay the taxes,” “The IRS has a job to do, so I’m not going to hold it against them, but it would be cool if they helped me out a little on this.”

The gifts keep coming for Lopez, coming to Topps packs soon will be a Christian Lopez baseball card and he’ll choose the image for its 2012 Jeter card. O yeah, he’ll also get a 2009 World Series ring. Lopez said he collected cards as a kid, and probably has a couple thousand baseball cards.

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