Non-Sport & Entertainment Trading Card News from Non-Sport Update

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)

 

Promos from Television, Comics, Knuckleheads and the Beyond!

Written By: Harris Toser - Sep• 09•14

Yesterday, we introduced you to the brand new 25th Year Anniversary issue of Non-Sport Update with the great original art cover by Jeff Zapata. Today, let’s talk promos.

Inside the new issue are four great cards—or eight if you want to count the variations. Look for Marvel Masterpieces from Upper Deck; Sleepy Hollow Season 1 from Cryptozoic Entertainment; Monsters & Maniacs from Monsterwax; and Chronicles of The Three Stooges Series 2 from RRParks CARDS.

Now the variations….There are two different very creepy Monsters & Maniacs cards (labeled Promo 2 and Promo 3). Both are inserted at the same rate. And once again, there are four different Chronicles of The Three Stooges cards (labeled Promo 1 through Promo 4). This time, the cards are for the second series of Chronicles of The Three Stooges. Just like Monsters & Maniacs, all four Chronicles of The Three Stooges Series 2 are inserted at the same insertion rate.

Head on over to the current issue page on our main site to purchase a single issue or subscription. You’ll also find Non-Sport Update in select Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million stores as well as comic and card shops.

And don’t forget, a special deluxe autograph version is also available. This edition includes the regular magazine and promo cards along with an autographed insert hand-signed by Non-Sport Update Publisher Roxanne Toser, Managing Editor Marlin Toser, Production Manager Harris Toser, and Editor-in-Chief Alan Biegel, your Non-Sport Update editorial team. Only 100 copies are available. Purchase this edition in the NSU Store.

Sleepy Hollow Season 1

Sleepy Hollow Season 1 P1 (Cryptozoic Entertainment)

Marvel Masterpieces

Marvel Masterpieces unnumbered (Upper Deck)

Monsters & Maniacs

Monsters & Maniacs Promo 2 and Promo 3 (Monsterwax) 

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Series Two

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Series Two PROMO 1 through PROMO 4 (RRParks CARDS) 

 

Happy 25th NSU!

Written By: Harris Toser - Sep• 08•14

Oct/Nov '14 Cover of Non-Sport Update

Here’s an issue of NSU 25 years in the making. We are now shipping our 25th Year Anniversary Issue. Inside the issue, readers will find many 25th anniversary-related items including our cover story detailing 25 years of publishing Non-Sport Update by Publisher Roxanne Toser. Also inside, Ryan Cracknell talks how technology has changed over the past 25 years (as it relates to the collector), Bill DeFranzo covers promos issued in Non-Sport Update over the past 25 years including the first promo to be included in NSU, plus many other anniversary-related nods and features.

We’ve asked celebrities and hobby personalities who we have previously interviewed or worked with for their input on 25 years of NSU. Look for those in our special feature where you’ll find quotes from Jeremy Bulloch (“Boba Fett” in The Empire Strikes Back among many other roles), Jack Davis (artist), Jim Davis (Garfield), William Bernhardt (author of Shine and Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction), Len Brown (Topps), Greg Hilderbrandt (artist), Joe Jusko (artist), Steve Sansweet (Star Wars), Kevin “Dot Com” Brown (actor), and quite a few surprises.

The issue features cover art by fan-favorite (and one of NSU‘s favorite) artist Jeff Zapata and an expanded page count. For the original art cover, Jeff has collected some of our favorite characters from the past 25 years, many of which have graced NSU’s previous covers.

In addition to the anniversary-related items, we’ve also got the latest series covered. Look for stories on Cryptozoic Entertainment’s Sleepy Hollow Season 1, Rittenhouse Archives’ James Bond Archives – 2014 Edition, Wax Eye’s Stupid Heroes Trading Cards, Perna Studios’s Hallowe’en: All Hallows Eve, and Breygent Marketing’s Dexter Seasons 5 & 6 plus two brand new series from MHopOnHop. We’re also shinning the spotlight on the cardboard classic, Gilligan’s Island.

We have a great line-up of exclusive promo cards inside the Oct/Nov ’14 issue as well. There are four cards in total. Look for details on those soon…or head on over to the current issue on our main site to see them and purchase a single issue or subscription. You’ll also find Non-Sport Update in select Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million stores as well as comic and card shops.

A special deluxe autographed version is also available. This edition includes the regular magazine and promo cards along with an autographed insert hand-signed by Non-Sport Update Publisher Roxanne Toser, Managing Editor Marlin Toser, Production Manager Harris Toser, and Editor-in-Chief Alan Biegel, your Non-Sport Update editorial team. Only 100 copies are available. Purchase this edition in the NSU Store.

Deluxe version of Non-Sport Update's 25th Anniversary Issue

Deluxe autographed version of Non-Sport Update’s 25th Anniversary Issue