At the beginning of this month, North Carolina based trading card manufacturer Press Pass Inc. quietly ceased operations.The company had been in business for 22 years. The closure was covered by sports card blogs but has not beein given much play in non-sports. Those who visit the company’s website will see the following notice:
Many will remember Press Pass as a manufacturer of sports cards such as their Nascar, football, and basketball lines, the company produced many non-sport sets over the years going back to 1993 with The Royal Family. While never in the same league as other sports card manufacturers like Topps and Upper Deck, Press Pass was a larger operation than many non-sport card manufacturers and their non-sport releases were well received. Non-Sport Update had a great working relationship with the company over the years. We worked with Press Pass CEO Victor Shaffer from the start after having worked with him at Pro Set. Other we dealt with included Bob Bove, Tom Farrell (who also worked at Donruss and Pinnacle and currently is Vice President of Operations at Upper Deck), and finally, Nick Matijevich, who served as the company’s Vice President of Operation until the doors were closed. All knew the market well and were great to work with.
Over their tenure, Press Pass’s non-sport output was pretty varied including comic book set Tribe – The Intro in 1993, a half-dozen Elvis releases from 2006 to 2012, four KISS sets in 2009 and 2010, children’s television show Yo Gabba Gabba!, and most recently, TV comedy Parks and Recreation. A series based on horror comic Eudaemon was announced in 1993 and promo cards were issued but the set never was produced.
In a recent interview, the company told Beckett Media redemption cards, damaged cards, etc. will not be honored. Press Pass will be missed.