In our 24th year, Non-Sport Update continued to present great covers, articles, and columns. There were ads from a variety of advertisers inside the magazine and Take-Along Price Guide. We also mustn’t forget the promos! Here are some of the highlights of the year:
- A fun article appeared in Volume 24, No. 2 by Don Norton. “In Your Dreams” featured sets never made, with ideas submitted by manufacturers and original art created by the following artists: Matt Glebe, Mick Glebe, Patrick Hamill, Ingrid Hardy, Chris Henderson, Laura Inglis, Joseph Miller, Nick Neocleous, Rhiannon Owens, and George Wright.
Two of the “In Your Dreams” images that ran with Don Norton’s feature story (Avatar art by Patrick Hamill; The Invaders art by Laura Inglis)
- Harris and I attended the first ever American Music and Pop Culture Expo held in the “sweetest town” in the U.S., Hershey, PA.
- Harris and Bob Hulsart toured Topps. An account of the tour and photos appeared in Non-Sport Update, Volume 24 No. 5. A second set of photos appeared here on the blog.
- Roxanne and I made a trip to New York to see the Harvey Kurtzman (1923-1994) display. Kurtzman was the creator of MAD magazine. A parody in MAD was the idea on which the all-popular Wacky Packages series was based.
Harvey Kurtzman exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in New York City
- We did a variant issue featuring a Downton Abbey cover for distribution at Memorabilia Birmingham in Birmingham, England. Harris attended Memorabilia Birmingham for the 11th year.
- We made two metal cards available. One featured “Non-Sport nut” art from Brent Engstrom for the 59th Philly Non-Sports Card Show where he was one of the guest artists and the other was done by Cryptozoic Entertainment as a metal version of the promo card that appeared in the variant Downton Abbey issue. It was first made available in England. There were only 100 of each and they were sequentially numbered.
- There were two exciting Philly Non-Sports Card Shows held in Allentown, PA. Twenty-one states were represented at the shows plus Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Adding to the fun were two Card Talk meetings held at the Hilton Garden Inn.
- We presented 175 entries on this blog written by 15 writers. Our blog helps keep readers up-to-date on hobby information.
As we begin 2014, we look forward to holding our 60th Philly Non-Sports Card Show on May 3 and 4, with a banquet on May 3. The 25th Anniversary of Non-Sport Update will come later in the year– Volume 25, No. 5 (Oct/Nov ’14).
Our wishes are for good health, happiness, and prosperity for all those who have supported us during this quarter of a century. We couldn’t do it without the support of advertisers, subscribers, and all who read the magazine. A special thanks also to the many show attendees, artists, and manufacturers who help make the shows successful.