The second edition of the MINT Collective wrapped up Sunday with the second and final day of its Marketplace, which vendors and buyers doing business on the show floor of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In addition to the card show, there were grading opportunities, interactive displays and opportunities to meet with leaders of a variety of collectible companies during the event.
A variety of athletes made appearances at the event including Maxx Crosby of the hometown Raiders, who signed autographs for collectors and fans in attendance.
An auction that kicked off during the show via show sponsor eBay continues through this week.
At one of the panel sessions Friday, trading card manufacturers acknowledged ongoing product delays due to a variety of factors.
Upper Deck recently released one product tied to the 2020-21 season. Panini regularly delays releases with some arriving during the next season. Topps recently released 2021 and ’22 Bowman Heritage on the same day—in 2023.
David Leiner, who runs Topps for Fanatics, says delays can be attributed to a variety of factors including quality control that isn’t where the company wants it to be. Toward that end, Fanatics is hiring more employees in the pre and post-production process.
“We’re trying to get caught up but doing that in a meaningful way where we’re not letting the quality slide,” he told an audience during one of the panel sessions. “We’re continuing to invest in technology, people and systems.”
Leiner was happy with the response to last week’s announcement that special “MLB Debut” patches worn by rookies would be turned into baseball cards.
“We had patches on players’ jerseys in Major League Baseball games that are for the trading card industry. For nothing else but this industry. That shows you how much trading card matter. They matter to the leagues, they matter to the Players Association, across the board.”
Topps plans to put relics from bases from a player’s first hit and pitching rubbers toed during debuts in Topps Inception Baseball later this year.
Major League team have embraced the concept as well with the Mets touting the patch to be worn by Japanese pitching star Kodai Senga on Sunday.
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 2, 2023
There’s a new exhibit at the Fieldhouse Museum in St. Louis, but it’s not about the Cardinals, who have their own fancy museum.
This one is focused on the Browns, who spent 52 years in the city before the franchise was sold and became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954. Game-used bats, jerseys, autographs, photos and other memorabilia are on display.
KMOV-TV tells the story, with an assist from Browns historian Ed Wheatley:
The new Netflix show produced by Peyton Manning’s Omaha Products and shot in and around Goldin, will debut later this month with all six shows available to watch.
A trailer for the show is now out:
Upwork, a website where freelancers and employers meet, used a baseball card box break theme for its latest advertising campaign, featuring Yankees manager Aaron Boone and first baseman Anthony Rizzo: