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Upper Deck at Comic-Con

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 24•14

Upper Deck logoUpper Deck has just checked-in with their plans for Comic Con. Non-Sport card collectors will probably be most excited by the company’s plan to showcase it’s upcoming Marvel Masterpieces series. And to that end, Upper Deck will have artist Joe Jusko appearing live at the Upper Deck booth (#307 in Lobby A). Jusko will appear Friday from 10 AM to 12 PM; Saturday from 2 to 4 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Jusko will sign free oversized cards featuring his artwork.

The company also tells us artist Neal Adams will be signing some of his Upper Deck artwork at his booth in Artist Alley and they encourage fans to drop by.

Upper Deck will soon celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with a new line of trading card products. To promote this, the company will make four different promotional bags available to attendees for $10 each or $40 for all four. Each bag includes an exclusive Comic Con Hello Kitty promotional card and figure celebrating the pop icon through the decades – 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s – along with an Upper Deck Hello Kitty figure pack. Fans who purchase all four bags will also get a San Diego Comic Con exclusive black sparkle figure as a gift with purchase. Bags are limited to just 250 per day and are expected to out. Additionally there will be a variety of Upper Deck Hello Kitty products for sale at show specials and free Hello Kitty temporary tattoos distributed to all fans. Hello Kitty herself will be making an appearance at the Upper Deck booth for photo opportunities with fans on Thursday from 11 AM to 12 PM; Friday from 10 AM to 11 AM; And again on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2 PM.

Hello Kitty

Comic and gamers will be able to check out the latest from Upper Deck on the gaming side with the company’s popular Legendary deck building game available for purchase. Key Upper Deck staff involved in the game development will be on-hand to discuss and share details on upcoming expansions.

“San Diego Comic Con is an important show for Upper Deck to debut new products, share exciting announcements and most importantly, to engage and say thank you to fans who have contributed to Upper Deck’s success over the last 25 years,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck.

Upper Deck Marvel art by Joe Jusko

Upper Deck Marvel art by Joe Jusko


IDW Nabs Orphan Black

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 24•14

Many card fans are hoping for an Orphan Black trading card series and while the recent announcement from IDW Publishing may not be that, it’s a step in the right direction. IDW Publishing will launch an Orphan Black comic in early 2015. The first cover, created by artist Nick Runge, can be seen here.

IDW Publishing Orphan Black cover by Nick Runge

IDW’s licensed series will not be a clone of the series but will feature all new stories set in the world of the BBC America show. And what a world that is! As IDW’s press release explains, Orphan Black centers on Sarah Manning, who after witnessing the suicide of a woman that appears to be her doppelgänger comes into the knowledge that this woman and indeed herself, are two of many biological clones. Sarah takes on the woman’s identity and uses her position as a police detective to uncover the mystery behind what she is and what that means. Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany plays all of the clones parts and displays amazing talent in doing so.

Orphan Black, in addition to being a captivating TV series, is a perfect premise for comics,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “And as the second season has expanded the series in exciting new directions, that has only increased the amount of stories we’ll be able to tell in comic-book form.”

IDW will work closely with the show producers to expand the Orphan Black world. The publisher has not yet announced the creative team behind the comics but is expected to do so soon.

Video Game Trading Cards & Posters featured in 2nd Annual Art Gallery Exhibition

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 23•14

Next Saturday, video game champions, game designers, and video game industry personalities will be honored in an awards ceremony in Fairfield, IA. The ceremonies are part of a unique art gallery exhibition appearing in Fairfield’s ICON Gallery titled: The Video Game Trading Cards & Posters of Twin Galaxies. More than 1,000 all-different, colorful trading cards and posters will be on display that commemorate the history of the global video game culture, from the early 1970s up to the present.  In fact, NSU was featured on one of the cards when Twin Galaxies visited the Philly Non-Sports Card Show in May of 2012. Those going to the exhibition might even spot the card art as part of the display. More than 80 people appearing on the cards will be present to receive awards.

The event is being conducted to publicize Ottumwa, IA’s efforts to develop the official International Video Game Hall of Fame & Museum (IVGHOF). As part of the efforts to inspire support for the IVGHOF, on Sunday, August 3rd, the Awards recipients will travel to nearby Ottumwa to participate in the re-creation on East Main Street of a famous LIFE magazine photo that, in 1982, featured the 16 greatest video game players of that time. Some of the video gamers shown in that 1982 photo will be on hand to join the attendees to the “awards weekend” as they pose for a re-enactment of the famous 1982 picture.

Twin Galaxies card 108

Twin Galaxies card 281


Since 1982, Ottumwa has been known as “The VIdeo Game Capital of the World” and is considered the “birthplace of organized video game playing” by video game historians.

The event and Awards Ceremonies will be hosted by Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy, Ottumwa Mayor Tom Lazio and Twin Galaxies Founder Walter Day. The Art Gallery Exhibition will be on display August 1-23, 2014.

As part of the Awards weekend, the official Pac-Man, coming from Namco headquarters in Chicago, will be present at the ICON Gallery on Friday night, August 1st, as part of Fairfield’s acclaimed “First Friday Artwalk.” Also, Pac-Man will be present to sign autographs and pose for pictures all day Saturday, August 2nd, as the ICON Gallery hosts a gala reception for all the Awards recipients, allowing the public to meet them and get copies of their trading cards autographed.

This Gallery showing will examine the history of the global video game culture as commemorated in more than 1,000 posters and trading cards. The Twin Galaxies Video Game Trading Card Set was created to commemorate the history of the global video game culture, honoring the iconic industry pioneers, the video game personalities, the world champions & contest winners and the landmark events and historic milestones. The more than 200 Twin Galaxies posters were created between August, 1982 and 2009 to honor important events in the history of competitive eSports. Walter Day, founder of the card set, says: “The vision of the card set has transcended the world of card collecting. We strive to use the cards to create an historic tapestry that can fulfill the artistic and educational needs of Art Galleries and Museums, as well as the study of history in the modern classroom.”

Attendance to the Gallery Exhibition and Awards Ceremony is free of charge. For the 2nd straight year, this art gallery exhibition was funded through contributions from Eric Tessler, of LaHabra, CA. Mr. Tessler is an acclaimed member of the arcade restoration community in California and is a distinguished supporter of video game cinema.

More information about the exhibition can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Twin Galaxies card 108

Twin Galaxies card 1

Nyuk! Nyuk! Stooges Sets No Joking Matter!

Written By: Charlie Novinskie - Jul• 22•14

Slapstick rules and it is back in vogue in a grand way! RRParks CARDS have undertaken a massive project that will represent the most comprehensive look at the Stooges ever. Even though there have been no less than seven card sets based on the antics of The Three Stooges, there’s apparently no shortage of material, nor is there, it appears, a lack of Stooges fanatics.

The first set dates back to 1959 with the most recent set being produced by Breygent back in 2005. Now, RRParks CARDS is about to present a chronological look at The Three Stooges that will be so comprehensive it will take four cards sets to present all of the material. Richard Parks availed himself to fill NSU in on all of his company’s plans for the Stooges sets and his enthusiasm is infectious.

How will the card sets break down?

Each of the four series takes on 50 of the shorts (with the final series covering the last 40 shorts but also featuring films with Curly Joe DeRita).  When a collector has all 190 base set cards in order they will have an index system for every single Three Stooges film, beginning to end, with cast, production crew, plot synopsis, release date, running time, etc.

Three Stooges - sample base card

What can we expect from the first series of cards?

Series One’s base set will cover, sequentially, Columbia’s The Three Stooges shorts starting with 1934′s Woman Haters (card #1) and ends with 1940′s No Census, No Feeling (card #50, the 50th Columbia short). Each card’s number corresponds to the film short—all in release order. Series One will be drop ship to Diamond the last week of August.

Can you outline the subsequent series of cards and when they will ship?

Sure, Series Two picks up with Columbia Pictures’ 51st Three Stooges short Cookoo Cavaliers from November 15, 1940 and concludes with the 100th short Hold That Lion from 1947. Again, always in sequential order. Series Two is planned for a Christmas release (and includes some really fun Christmas themed chase cards as well as some ‘stocking stuffer’ redemption super rare cards).

Series Three will come out sometime around May/June and will cover Columbia shorts #101 Brideless Groom and conclude with #150 Rip, Sew And Stitch.

Series Four I’m REALLY excited about because I’m a big fan of collecting monster cards (finished my hi grade Terror Tales a few months back… and nearly done with my Monster Midgees intact panel collection with only a few more ‘hi number’ panels left to go) and Halloween and Series Four figures to be an October 2015 release and C3 (the licensor) is allowing me some real latitude. Plus, the set will conclude the Columbia Pictures’ shorts #151 Bubble Trouble from 1953 up through the final Columbia Pictures’ Three Stooges short #190 Sappy Bull Fighters. The series’ will have cards of a Halloween theme with a Stooges and monster subset, specially commissioned art of a ‘spooky’ nature from ‘my’ talented Netherlands artist, and Halloween seasoned chase cards.

Three Stooges - Special Artist Card back

What can we expect in the line of chase cards?

The subsets of all the series’ are sort of ‘fill in the gaps’ cards covering the supporting actors, sideline trivia and genre, and fun ‘footnotes’ and such that are important to the chronicles of The Three Stooges, but which are not numbered in the base cards because the base cards are numbered along the lines of the chronological release of each of the Stooge films.

NOTHING random in the base/core sets—the whole point and ‘anchor’ idea of the series is everything is chronological and in exact order.

We can’t wait for this comprehensive set of cards. We thank Richard Parks for filling in our readers! For more detail on this slapstick-spectacular series, see the New & Noteworthy column in the current Aug/Sep issue of Non-Sport Update.