Topps has combined its North American and International Sports & Entertainment divisions into what it’s calling a “Global Sports & Entertainment” division. David Leiner, currently Topps’ General Manager of North American Sports & Entertainment, has been appointed Global General Manager of the new, combined division and will be responsible for leading and directing its strategy and business operations.
“We’re creating one Global Sports & Entertainment division to allow us to serve our partners more efficiently as they compete globally and to address consumer demands from an increasingly global marketplace,” said Michael Brandstaedter, President and CEO of Topps. “David has delivered breakthrough innovation and significant operational success in North America and we look forward to bringing that experience to our markets and products throughout the world,” said Brandstaedter.
Leiner joined Topps in August 2009.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to work across the globe with our outstanding partners and with the many talented people at Topps,” said Leiner.
Chris Rodman, who led the International Sports & Entertainment division for more than 20 years, will continue to remain involved with the business as a consultant on Topps’ key soccer projects and other matters.
A 2000 Tom Brady Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph graded PSA 10 was listed as sold for $85,000 on eBay earlier this week. There are only 14 PSA 10 copies of what’s generally considered Brady’s most sought after rookie card.
It had been listed on a Buy It Now for $150,000 but after the consignor accepted the lower offer.
The International Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will be a reality in 2018 and it now has a home. The museum will be located in a 4,300 square-foot space at 170C S. 1st St. in Milwaukee. A grand opening is expected this spring.
“It has been an exciting and exhilarating journey since we announced the concept in November 2014. We had a successful preview exhibit last year, and our retail and custom bobblehead business has exploded, helping make the dream a reality,” Founder and CEO Phil Sklar tells us.
The Museum has about one thousand members and thanks to donations, the museum now has over 7,000 unique nodders.
Collectors will have an additional opportunity to purchase items from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit through a clearance sale on the ice level of the building on Saturday, Dec. 23.
Memorabilia and collectibles in the sale will include signage, framed photos, autographed pucks and photos, padded red folding chairs, miscellaneous suite furniture and accessories, pieces of wood lockers branded with the “Farewell to the Joe” logo, select concourse items and much more. Multiple quantities of most items will be available.
The sale follows a recent auction of items from inside the long-time home of the Wings.
On Saturday from 8 – 10 a.m., Red Wings full and partial season ticket holders will have the advanced opportunity to purchase items at Joe Louis Arena. The clearance sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.