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Upper Deck Nabs Assassin’s Creed for Cards, Games, Posters, More

Written By: Harris Toser - Sep• 16•14

Upper Deck logoToday, Upper Deck is announcing it has reached an agreement with Ubisoft to create trading cards, games, game accessories, limited-edition posters and more for the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise.

The Assassin’s Creed franchise launched in 2007 and is one of the best-selling video game series ever with more than 77 million copies sold. It’s recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry.

Upper Deck Authenticated is planning to release limited-edition Assassin’s Creed posters next year, followed by Assassin’s Creed trading cards and games. More details and release dates for the full portfolio of Assassin’s Creed products will be announced in early 2015.

Assassin's Creed

“We are always looking for new opportunities to engage our fans with the game,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Ubisoft. “Fan interest in Assassin’s Creed has increased tremendously over the years, so we are excited to partner with Upper Deck and be able to deliver additional games and collectibles that our gamers would enjoy.”

“We are very excited to be working with Ubisoft on their flagship franchise; Assassin’s Creed,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck. “This is an evergreen license that not only resonates with fans of the video game, but with the tabletop gaming community and collectors as well. We look forward to creating a full line of premium collectibles and cards that are sure to be a hit with Assassin’s Creed fans.”

The King of Arcades

Written By: Roxanne Toser - Sep• 16•14

It’s almost five weeks before the Oct 18 & 19 Philly Show and we’re already planning for the May 2015 Philly Non-Sports Card Show (taking place May 2 & 3). The reason for this was Walter Day of video game fame invited us to attend the world premiere of The King of Arcades at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema in Bethlehem, PA on September 13. This was a premiere of a movie already out on DVD but it was the official premiere and most of the main stars attended. Prior to the movie, a group of us met at Buca di Beppo restaurant for a delicious meal and a chance for a business meeting.

The King of Arcades marquee

The King of Arcades marquee

Billy Mitchell and Walter Day

Billy Mitchell and Walter Day

In 1981, Day founded one of the most well-renowned arcades in the world, Twin Galaxies, which became the official adjudicating organization to track records in arcades and pinball. Since that time, Day has proven to be an entrepreneur to end all entrepreneurs and has continued to educate the world about arcade video games and bring gamers from all over the world together whenever possible. Day’s home of Ottumwa, IA is known as the video game capital of the world and he is pushing to have an International Video Game Hall of Fame built there. Because of him, there was even a display and event entitled The Art of Video Games at the Smithsonian from March through September of 2012.

Before you ask what this has to do with non-sport trading cards, Day and various video game celebrities attended the spring 2012 Philly Show because they were in the midst of producing trading cards to honor the history and document important milestones by honoring world record holders, pioneers and all who have been a part of the worldwide video game culture. Their attendance was an eye-opener for non-sport card collectors and an eye-opener for the gamers. It was a blast. One thing to bear in mind is it is certainly much easier to collect trading cards than arcade games! Day has thus far produced over 1,000 different printed video game trading cards and 2,000 when you include the virtual designed cards.

Day will again be setting up at the May 2 & 3, 2015 show and has some fantastic ideas. Day is working on a time-capsule that will be buried in Ottumwa in August of 2015 and to be opened in 2071. One of the items which will be included in the capsule is autographed trading cards. Various celebrity gamers will visit the May Philly Non-Sports Card Show to autograph their cards in front of a representative from Beckett Grading Services. The cards will be taken back to Beckett’s grading card location where they will be graded, encapsulated, and finally, delivered back to Day for the time capsule. Philly Show attendees will also get the opportunity to play a few arcade games at the show and Day and company are cooking up some other terrific ideas to be revealed soon.

Billy Mitchell and Richie Knucklez

Billy Mitchell and Richie Knucklez

Jeff Zapata and Joe Simko

Jeff Zapata and Joe Simko

There was an unexpected plus at the sold-out movie screening. There is a new Garbage Pail Kids movie in the works and there was a preview for it which ran ahead of The King of Arcades. It looks really great and will be nothing like the 1987 Garbage Pail Kids movie flop. There is some crossover between 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story and The King of Arcades, chief among them being Sean Tiedeman as the director and producer of both. Some of the people involved with the new GPK movie attended the premiere and it was fun to see Jeff Zapata, June Gonzales, Joe Simko and Sean & Krystle Tiedeman. Stars from The King of Arcades movie in attendance were: Walter Day, Billy Mitchell, Richie Knucklez, Faith Knucklez, Hank Chien, and TriForce Johnson.

Another perk was a freebie table inside the theater with a set of 15 promotional cards related to the movies (many of the cast members are featured on the cards). The cards are part of Day’s ongoing series.

The movie itself was done really well and we learned more about Richie Kuncklez and his NJ arcades. Hoots and hollers could occasionally be heard from audience members in the theater. After the screening, a special Q&A panel was presented. All-in-all, it was a very fun night.

A Garbage Pail Kids display at the theater entrance

A Garbage Pail Kids display at the theater entrance allowed movie patrons to insert themselves into a GPK sticker!

The pre-show presentation

The pre-show presentation

Richie and Faith Knucklez

Richie and Faith Knucklez

The King of Arcades promo cards with art by Joe Simko

The King of Arcades promo cards

Walter Day gets interviewed

Walter Day gets interviewed

Super fan David Gubernot

Super fan David Gubernot was in attendance seeing The King of Arcades for his 200th time (his third time in a theater)

The Melty Misfits 2nd Series Release and Release Party

Written By: Harris Toser - Sep• 15•14

The Melty Misfits 2nd Series boxThe Melty Misfits 2nd Series is due for release shortly. The trading cards and sticker series comes from artist Buff Monster and we’ve written about Buff Monster and The Melty Misfits several times previously on the blog and in Non-Sport Update. The 2nd Series was a KickStarter project which collected four times its initial funding goal of $10,000, proving how popular Buff Monster and his art is.

In a recent press release, Melty Misfits is described as follows: “a series of ice cream characters in funny situations; an homage to Garbage Pail Kids cards from the 80s” and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. The new series features 41 new characters, all hand-painted using acrylic and airbrush on watercolor paper. Packs retail for around $5 and inserts include original sketch cards, signed cards, foil cards, lenticulars, variants and errors (yes, they meant to include them!). The top insert is a Golden Ticket card which will reward the lucky collector who finds it with an original Buff Monster painting. There are two Golden Ticket cards in this release.

The Melty Misfits Series 2 packs

To celebrate the release of the series, Buff Monster will be signing the new cards, as well as a variety of items including toys, prints and uncut sheets of cards at PIQ’s NYC store in Grand Central Terminal (Shuttle passage, 89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017). The signing takes place this Saturday, September 20th, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. If you are in the NYC area, be sure to stop by. Buff is a huge fan of Garbage Pail Kids and a lot of fun to talk to. PIQ is also a great place to visit. The PIQ stores merge the feeling of being in a modern gallery with shopping. They specialize in current trends and carry designer toys (especially vinyl collectibles), plush, books, rare pieces, and urban gifts from various international brands. In addition to New York, they have locations in Orlando and Las Vegas.

And for those not able to make the trip to NYC, your wait for The Melty Misfits 2nd Series is just a little bit longer. PIQ will get the series first to coincide with Buffy Monster’s signing on September 20th and will have a two week exclusive on them. After that, they’ll be available at buffmonster.com and a variety of retailers.

Melty Misfits fans will also want to check out the upcoming Dec ’14/Jan ’15 issue of Non-Sport Update for an exclusive Melty Misfits 2nd Series promotional card (promo card number P3). And in addition to that, show attendees at the upcoming Philly Non-Sports Card Show on October 18 & 19 in Allentown, PA will be treated to a second exclusive Melty Misfits promotional card (promo card number P2).

Melty Misfits Series 2 Release Party Flyer

 

The Melty Misfits 2nd Series 31a

The Melty Misfits 2nd Series 40b

The Melty Misfits 2nd Series 43b

The Melty Misfits 2nd Series 55b

Samples from The Melty Misfits 2nd Series

 

Scott Gaeta Moves to Renegade

Written By: Harris Toser - Sep• 12•14

Renegade Game Studios

Industry veteran Scott Gaeta has recently formed his own coming, Renegade Game Studios. Gaeta had been Chief Operating Officer at Cryptozoic and was instrumental in the company’s move into trading cards. Prior to Cryptozoic, Gaeta worked for Upper Deck and Decipher and has also been a hobby retailer.

According to published reports, Renegade will bring over several gaming projects from Cryptozoic including Gravwell, Doom That Came To Atlantic City, ROFL, Word Whimsy, and Double Feature. The company is working on a website and can currently be found on Facebook.

Gaeta exhibited with Cryptozoic at the Philly Non-Sports Card Show in May of this year and also exhibited in Allentown in 2011, just as Cryptozoic Entertainment was kicking off the trading card line.

Scott Gaeta

Scott Gaeta at the May 2014 Philly Non-Sports Card Show (photo by Cliff Tooker)