Andy Broome has been promoted to Vice President of Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG).
In late 2020, Broome left Beckett to join CSG, a division of Certified Collectibles Group, where oversaw the company’s move into grading sports cards through new hires and training.
The company says it is on the brink of grading one million cards since its launch in February of 2021. When it does, it will be the fastest that any grading service has hit that milestone.
“I joined CSG to build a better sports card grading service than what was available to collectors,” Broome stated. “We accomplished that by offering the industry’s best holder and label, the most advantageous pricing and fast turnaround times. Building on what we do right already, I look forward to making further enhancements to our grading services.”
CGC also promoted Mike Quinn to VP. He oversees the grading of Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh! and other popular trading card games.
Baseball, football and basketball cards are on their way to Fanatics. Hockey is staying with Upper Deck. Sal Barry writes about why that move was made, why the hockey card market has been more stable, how companies are continuing to deal with production backlogs and more.
During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, swimming superstar Michael Phelps—a Baltimore native and big fan of the city’s sports teams—told a story of how he was once snubbed by some Orioles players when asking for autographs.
The story has a happy ending, though. Check out Phelps’ most recent appearance on the show:
If you ever wondered where they produced O-Pee-Chee cards in Canada decades ago….
A magical place for kids who collected hockey and baseball cards back in the day in Canada. 430 Adelaide Street, London, Ontario. The site of the old O-Pee-Chee factory. Converted into an apartment building. pic.twitter.com/RLg6X7eDB9
— David Salter (@DaveSalter_) July 10, 2022
“I just assumed it would be off center,” noted one commenter who clearly knows his old OPC cards.