The 61st Philly Non-Sports Card Show was held last weekend. It sure was a lot of fun! Non-Sport Update’s Cliff Tooker took many, many photos at the show and we would like to share some of those with you. You’ll also find more of Cliff’s photos on the Philly Non-Sports Card Show Facebook page (be sure to like the PNSCS Facebook page so you can see those as well) and you’ll find even more photos from the Philly Show taken by me on our NSU Card Talk forum. Enjoy!
The 61st Philly Non-Sport Show was held once again at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown this past weekend and as always it was a great time to pick up some cards your collection, get some free promos (over 50!), and visit with everyone who share our passion for the hobby. On to the details!
The vendors and Non-Sport Update staff begins arriving in the late morning on Friday and are busy setting up for the weekend, getting tables and displays ready, sorting out promos, making sure the dealers have what they need, and sorting out last-minute details. A lot of work goes into the show to ensure a memorable experience for all attendees. The Toser’s host a dinner for everyone who helps out and it’s the first of many gatherings over the weekend and is appreciated by everyone. The second gathering took place after dinner in the lobby of our host hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Allentown Airport. The lobby is nicely set up for relaxing and hanging out and you can always find hobby friends there throughout the weekend.
The marquee at the 61st Philly Non-Sports Card Show (photo: Harris Toser)
The first surprise of the weekend was the unannounced appearance of our good UK mates Kevin and Cathy Worboys (“Hammer” on Card Talk), it’s always good to see Kevin and it was Cathy’s first Philly Show so it was extra special to have her here as well.
Saturday was busy and there was plenty of quality material in the room, modern and vintage for collectors to browse. Attendees received promo packs upon admission and the manufacturers and artists also had promos available, including Roxanne Toser and Non-Sport Update. Over 50 different promos were available (I think the official show list had 48 but I know of two cards that were distributed that were surprises that were not on the list, including Captain Citrus!). If you like promos, and who doesn’t, you were in for a good weekend!
Previews of upcoming sets are one of my favorite things to see at the show—Rittenhouse Archives had Star Trek Aliens autographs and Buffy the Vampire Slayer sketches on display, Cryptozoic had show worn memorabilia and the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug sketches available for viewing. Breygent had Kringle Kards sample artwork at their table. Upper Deck had demos of their Legendary gaming card line set up. Topps and SideKick had current offerings on display.
One item getting a lot of attention were “Mystery Packs” produced by Breygent. You could choose from two sizes, a regular sized pack or an oversized pack which featured a print and the corresponding printing plate for subjects like Grimm and American Horror Story. The regular size packs held autographs, printing plates, and sketch cards. The Rittenhouse Archives tables are also busy and they hold an hourly raffle where attendees can win some great prizes. Getting these extras adds a lot of enjoyment to the show experience.
A staple of the Philly Show is the artists, and this show had an outstanding line-up—Ted Dastick, Jr., Laura Inglis, Gary Kezele, Eric McConnell, Dave Ryan, and Jeff Zapata. Ted and Laura had limited edition metal cards available, and all the artists had original sketch cards and other artwork available, as well as taking commissions. I always enjoy adding original art from these talented people to my collection.
Sons of Anarchy Seasons 4 & 5 box on display at Cryptozoic Entertainment’s table at the Philly Show. Under the box is one of Jax’s flannel shirts (played by Charlie Hunnam). (photo: Harris Toser)
After the show hours on Saturday several attendees travel over to the Sands Casino for dinner, shopping, and maybe a bit of wagering. A group of us had a wonderful dinner at the St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery. It’s worth a trip to the Sands just to see the old steel mills at night which are illuminated and are a spectacular sight at night.
The Red Robin has become another popular destination on Saturday night and its located next to the Hilton Garden Inn. It’s a great place to get something light to eat or get a dessert, have a drink, and do some trading or bust some packs and just hang out with other collectors. We had a nice sized group and another surprise was getting some nice promos courtesy of Breygent Marketing and Cryptozoic Entertainment. Breygent had four promos available including a signed version of Kris Kringle himself, Tom Breyer! Dexter and Grimm promos were also given out by Breygent. Cryptozoic gave Harris a Sleepy Hollow promo to distribute. Thanks to Tom and George from Cryptozoic for providing these!
Sunday everyone is up early for the Card Talk gathering. Non-Sport Update provides coffee, donuts, and bagels for everyone and Harris kicked it off with some announcements including the artist line-up for the Spring show (Tony and Elaine Perna, Axebone, Rhiannon Owens, and Sean Pence) and Alan gave us a preview of upcoming articles for Non-Sport Update. The highlight of the meeting was a presentation Steve Charendoff, President of Rittenhouse Archives, who talked about the 15 year history of the company, as well as products and ideas he has planned for the future. It was informative and interesting to hear about what goes on behind the scenes as we don’t get to hear about that often and it was clear that Steve is passionate about the hobby and putting collectors first. Prizes were raffled off to conclude the meeting and many collectors left with some great items.
Cathy and Kevin from the U.K. visited the Philly Non-Sports Card Show (photo: Harris Toser)
After the gathering everyone heads back to the show for another day of shopping at the tables and receiving new promo cards. Now matter how many times I browse the tables I always find something I missed the day before there are so many cards it’s not hard to do! I picked some nice vintage packs and a display box from the 60′s for my collection so I had a successful weekend as did other collector friends I spoke with.
May 2nd and 3rd are the dates for the Spring 2015 show. Makes plans now to attend! It’s a great weekend of non-sports cards, gatherings and friends. If you have not been to the show yet it’s time! I also have it on good authority that the Brits will be invading once again as well!
Be sure to keep an eye out for many more Philly Show photos and more coming soon to this space.
The Non-Sport Update trio of Editor-In-Chief Alan Biegel, Production Manager Harris Toser, and myself once again traveled to the big city to attend and report on the 2014 version of the New York Comic Con. The show was as popular as ever as it was a complete sell-out before the doors even opened. And in fact, it was reported New York Comic Con’s 2014 attendance surpassed Comic Con International’s attendance (151,000 vs. 130,000).
We arrived via the Port Imperial Ferry which drops us off right behind the Javits Center where the show is held. The organizers do a fine job of getting people into the show with a minimum of wait time and we were able to get right in when we arrived. We spent the entire day walking the main floor of the show where you can find all the vendors and exhibitors, along with the Artist Alley which is also on the main floor down the hallway in another massive room.
Panels and autograph sessions are on the lower and upper levels but as we were only there for one day we did not get a chance to attend any panels or check out the autograph area as we didn’t even get to see everything on the main floor – we may have to go another day next year! Panel highlights for the weekend included The Walking Dead and Star Trek The Next Generation hosted by Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. George Clooney made a surprise appearance as well promoting his upcoming Disney film, Tomorrowland.
Usually each year there are one or two properties that stand out but this year, there was a good mix of just about everything including always popular franchises like The Walking Dead, Marvel Comics, and my personal favorite My Little Pony! There are all kinds of small press, book publishers, and vendors selling just about anything you can imagine, props, toys, shirts, and of course comics. We did spot some vendors selling non-sports cards and we did secure promo cards from SideKick and Topps, who were the two card manufacturers in attendance. We also picked up an exclusive Adventure Time promo from Abrams Publishing, but they were also distributing different cards on the other show days so completing a set of these will be a challenge!
As always, Cosplay plays a big role at NYCC, and they were out in force once again, with costumes that are professional quality to some that looked like they were that morning out of a garbage can! I complain because they clog up the aisles but even I have to admit that are fun to look at. Some popular themes this year were Guardians of the Galaxy and Disney’s Frozen.
A nice surprise for us was seeing our good friend Natalie (NL on Card Talk) all the way from San Diego, as we did not know she was coming until the day before. We met up with her in Artist Alley and after a long but fun day we went to Pio Pio, a nearby Peruvian restaurant that was excellent. We wrapped up the day with a return trip on the Ferry which boasts a fantastic view of the New York City skyline at night.
Make sure you get your badge early if you plan on attending next year as the show continues to grow in popularity. Next year’s fest will take place October 8-11, 2015. And be sure to take a look at the exclusive photo gallery below (all photos taken by Harris Toser).
Upper Deck’s Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game has become the company’s top gaming property. The series has two core sets (Legendary & Villians) and has spawned three expansion sets: Dark City, Fantastic Four, and Paint the Town Red. Tomorrow, the Carlsbad, CA manufacturer is adding a fourth when the company adds characters from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to the mix.
Guardians of the Galaxy will include 100 all new playable cards featuring original artwork. This expansion will feature the five key heroes from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon) as they get help from Nova to do battle with one of the evil masterminds; The Kree Supreme Intelligence. New game mechanics, schemes and tactics will add to the gameplay and these new cards will all be playable with cards from the previously released sets.
“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, and with that, Legendary fans have been inquiring about when they could add content of this misfit band of interstellar heroes to the game,” said Jason Brenner, Upper Deck’s manager of entertainment brands. “We couldn’t be more excited to give our fans what they want. Not only will the cards be a great addition to the game, but the original artwork really makes this set stand out.”
Guardians of the Galaxy will be released tomorrow, October 15, 2014.
And while we’re talking Upper Deck’s Legendary, allow us to spill the beans on the company’s plans for this weekend’s Philly Non-Sports Card Show. Upper Deck is giving away a set of four playable Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Cards featuring the character Mysterio in a black and white alternate art style. These will be available to anyone attending the show. See the cards below. Upper Deck tells us quantities are limited. Be sure to stop by the show and get yours!