In an exclusive interview with SCD, Peter Warsop, group licensing director for Panini, discusses the rapid move to acquire Donruss, how the Panini name will be incorporated into the Donruss brands and whether the company will be adding any other sports card licenses.
The debut of SCD’s Industry Spotlight series starts with James Spence, head of one of the leading third-party authenticators in the sports hobby, JSA.
The NBA’s decision to hand over its basketball card license to Panini raised a lot of eyebrows in the industry. To help explain the situation and address other issues, SCD sat down for an exclusive interview with Lisa Goldberg, the NBA’s senior director of trading cards and memorabilia.
In development for the past five years, the Sports Museum of L.A. will open its doors on Nov. 28. Super Collector Gary Cypres is the mastermind behind the museum, showcasing his collectibles gathered over the past 25 years. The museum boasts more than 10,000 items.
One of the longest legal battles in the sports card industry isn’t officially over, but it took a big step toward conclusion this week when a judge declared a patent for memorabilia-based trading cards to be invalid. The decision came in a lawsuit that charged Upper Deck and Donruss with infringing the patent.
The patent holder, Adrian Gluck of California-based Media Technologies, has already announced plans to appeal the decision. The judge dismissed the patent infringement claim less than a month before the case was scheduled to go to a jury trial in which a significant financial judgment was sought by Media Technologies.
Michael Phelps is writing his own history in Olympic lore this year in China. But it’s what he wrote in 2004 – his signature – on trading card that gaining attention on the collector market.
As card companies scramble to get Favre in a Jets jerseys for upcoming sets, his Jets jerseys are selling like hotcakes.
The 1958 NFL Championship Game has long been referred to as “The Greatest Game Ever Played” in the league’s history.
Former Baltimore Colts star Lenny Moore, one of 17 future Hall of Famers to participate in the game, would like to clarify that moniker.
With the summer doldrums upon us, retailers hope for better times despite odds.
The nation’s economic picture is still a major concern to all levels of the sports collectibles industry, but that did not prevent the majority of attendees of this year’s Hawaii Trade Conference/Mainland Edition from leaving Phoenix with a good feeling about where the short-term future of the industry is headed.