Notebook: Canadian Market; CU Prez Sells Stock, Silverdome Turf, Clowney Hearts Panini

The hobby’s recent history has been well-chronicled, but most of the time the emphasis is on what’s happened here in the U.S.

Canada showHow about the Canadian market?  Not everything happens exactly the same in both places.

Hockey cards are a huge part of the mix in Canada.  Just like baseball, there was an ‘overproduction era’, a vintage renaissance and a slowdown due to work stoppages.

Jason Kurpel, a columnist for the Toronto Star, traveled the show floor at the big Expo recently, chatting with dealers, collectors and others in the industry about where the hobby is going and where it’s been.


David Hall

David Hall

David Hall, president of Collectors Universe, the parent company of PSA and PSA/DNA, recently  sold 10,000 shares of company stock on the open market. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.76, for a total value of over $207,000. Hall still owns 831,735 shares in the company, valued at nearly $17.3 million.

The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. Large shareholders that own 10% or more of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

Silverdome astroturf———-

Attention card companies:  The Silverdome is a neglected mess of its former self but among the lots in a liquidation auction are giant rolls of astroturf, once trod upon by the likes of Barry Sanders.

I can picture the relic cards already.

Click here to see the auction items, but don’t get too excited for much of anything else memorabilia-wise.


2014-score-hot-rookies-jadeveon-clowney-autographPanini America has signed former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the first player taken by the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft, to a trading card and autograph agreement for the 2014 season that will include Clowney’s first NFL/NFLPA licensed Rookie Cards and autographed trading cards.

Clowney’s first NFL Rookie Cards and autographed cards will arrive in the June release of Panini America’s 2014 Score Football.

“It’s rare for a defensive player to generate so much excitement and capture so much interest from trading card collectors; the fact that Clowney has illustrates just how dynamic and talented he really is,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “His presence – on both Rookie Cards and autographed trading cards – in our complete line of 2014 NFL trading card products is just one more reason we’re so optimistic about the immediate and long-term future of our NFL business.”