A new insurance agency has launched, with a focus on protecting sports cards and memorabilia.
Based in Palo Alto, CA, Stadium Insurance was created by a group of insurance professionals who are also avid collectors.
CEO and Founder Dan Lorber says Stadium’s policies offer protection in a variety of situations including coverage for dealers and others who travel to shows or ship valuable cards through private carriers. Traditional protections include coverage for burglary and theft, fire, flood (some restrictions), natural disasters and other causes. He says homeowner policies are usually inadequate and cumbersome, with traditional insurers having little understanding of the sports collectibles space.
Appraisals are not required, however items valued at 10% or more of a policy limit or exceeding $25,000 must be authenticated. Stadium does require policy holders to keep records, inventory, pictures/videos and receipts that verify ownership. A police report is required for any items lost to theft.
Lorber says collectors and dealers can use the agency’s mobile app or website to onboard and in most cases coverage can be obtained “in minutes.” Items bought at a show can be covered by opening the app and taking photos. Sold items can be removed online.
Coverage for cards, autographed memorabilia, game-worn items and other sports collectibles is offered. Stadium can also handle collectibles that aren’t sports related.
Coverage limits start at $25,000 and go up to $5 million or more. The cost for a basic plan with a $25,000 limit and no deductible is about $14 per month. Deductibles can be adjusted.
Mascot says it was pleased with the debut of its new Trade Show Inventory Discovery Tool at the Philly Show.
The concept was to have dealers put their graded card inventory—or at least some of it—on Mascot’s app and website. Collectors browsing the show floor could check to those listings to find what their looking for, thus making for a more efficient way to shop.
The search could be done by inputting what you were looking for or browsing any specific dealer’s listings.
Mascot says over 70% of the show’s dealers who carried graded cards participated.
Carter Musgrave from CardsHQ, a 14,000 square foot hobby shop based in Atlanta with plans to open in early 2024 and on a buying spree to fill their shop inventory, says it was a help. “I started using it Thursday night. Dealers uploaded their inventory, their prices, and their booth numbers. We have been able to source deals, on our end, from our phones and computers. It’s been great.”
Mascot is hoping to bring the concept to future shows.
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— Joey Daccord (@JDac35) December 9, 2023
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