While surfing the net looking for ... well, whatever came across the screen, I found a site that shows sample contracts used in business. Lo and Behold, I saw an agreement between Topps and the MLB in 2006:
Of course, I did not stop there... There is a list of all kinds of Topps contracts:
Why does any of this matter? Well, let's say a group of collectors decides they want to start up their own card company. Let's say that same group of collectors has no idea what legal hoops there are with such a venture. Well, then, this group could peruse these puppies and at least get an idea of what they're in for!
It's no wonder card companies in the past would airbrush out logos.... :-)