Popular Canadian title adds hobby veteran to staff.
Morris Media and Communications has hired long-time hobby veteran Baron Bedesky as Director of Marketing and Sales with Canadian Sports – The Magazine.
“I’m not only happy to be back with the magazine, I’m very excited about the fresh new direction it’s taking,” said Bedesky, who served as the publication’s Editor from 1997-2001. Prior to that, he was Price Guide Editor of the magazine for six years beginning in 1991. “(Publisher) Jeff Morris and I have a long history together having worked side-by-side for six years with the magazine in the 1990s. Now that he’s taken over the reigns as Publisher, I look forward to working with him and taking this magazine to new levels. I have a lot of respect for his dynamic approach and his experience in the industry. We are on the same page most of the time, and that made it easy to accept this position.”
The monthly magazine has remained the only Canadian national publication devoted to the sports collectibles industry since its inception as Canadian Sportscard Collector in 1990. The title evolved to Canadian Sports Collector in 2000. It was issued by Trajan Publishing based in St. Catharines, ON until the magazine was purchased by Ottawa-based Morris Media and Communications in the fall of 2006 and became Canadian Sports – The Magazine.
“Because of our history together, it really was a no-brainer once I realized there was an opportunity to get Baron back on board with the magazine,” said Morris. “We both have a wealth of experience in this industry, and I’m convinced that will make for a better magazine in the long run. I don’t know if either of us ever expected a second chance at this, but we’re going to take full advantage of it.”
Both Bedesky and Morris have extensive experience in the manufacturing side of the industry. Morris worked for Pinnacle, Collector’s Edge/Shop At Home, and Pacific Trading Cards from 1997 to 2005 while Bedesky recently spent a number of years with hockey-card manufacturer In The Game, Inc.
“We are both certified sports freaks, lifelong collectors, and we have a wealth of experience in the business,” said Bedesky. “We understand how a publication such as Canadian Sports – The Magazine has to adapt in order to reflect the ever-changing nature of the industry. We want the magazine to not only be informative, but entertaining. It is a magazine for the sports collector, but it is also a magazine for the sports consumer.”