Here are some stories making news this week in the world of non-sport trading cards:
Rittenhouse Archives announced yesterday on Twitter and Facebook that Kelsey Grammer has agreed to sign cards for The Complete Star Trek: The Next Generation Series Two. Grammer played Captain Bateson in the 1992 The Next Generation episode “Cause and Effect.”
Topps has acquired leading digital currency card company, GMG Entertainment. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. GMG’s digital currency cards can be found at stores such as Target and Wal-Mart and offer users credits and functionality on social sites such as Facebook. Topps plans to bring its manufacturing, design, and collectability skills to digital currency cards. GMG’s management team (Rob Goldberg, Tim Pechmann and Jeff Mickeal) will join Topps management. The rapidly growing Digital Currency market is projected to hit over $7 billion this fiscal year, according to market research firm In-Stat, and double by 2014. GMG works with leading online gaming, entertainment, and social media sites to grow revenue via sales at top retailers across the United States and Internationally.
Cult-Stuff has announced it will release Age of Sorcery in mid-August. Only 20 cases will be issued, making it a very limited-edition product to be sure. Every hand-packaged box will contain a complete 18-card base set, three to eight chase cards, and two to three sketch cards. The base cards feature art by Carolyn Edwards, Matt Dixon, Robert Hack, and others. Chase cards consist of Canvas, Glow in the Dark, Parallels, and additional enhanced cards. Cult-Stuff’s list of sketch card artist includes Edwards and Hack as well as Beck Kramer, Jon Riggle, Kristin Allen, Denise Parrish, Lee Lightfoot, and others. One in five boxes will contain a complete multi-panel sketch card. More information about the series, including an order link, can be found on Cult-Stuff’s website.