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

GTS Distribution hires Karvin Cheung to fill Business Development Role

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 14•14

GTS Distribution logoGTS Distribution has made its second hobby hiring announcement in the past two week. We recently posted about the hiring of David Reel as Vice President of Sales. Today, GTS has announced the hiring of Karvin Cheung as Director of Business Development – Trading Cards.

Cheung’s first hobby involvement came in early ‘90s as a dealer followed by a stint at Grosnor Distribution in Canada. Over the past 15 years, Cheug has worked in product development roles at both Panini America and The Upper Deck Company.

“Karvin knows the industry and products. We feel he is going to be a tremendous asset as we constantly look for better ways to service our customers,” said GTS President, Steve Snyder.

GTS currently has nine locations across the United States and offers a full lineup of trading cards, collectibles, gaming, and supplies. “I couldn’t be happier to join GTS,” Said Cheung. “They really focus on the hobby shop and know that strong, healthy shops are at the heart of the hobby. I am excited to help GTS find new and different ways to partner with dealers, so everyone can grow.”

 

The Great Allentown Comic Con! – July 2014 Edition

Written By: Laura Inglis - Jul• 14•14

gacc-logoIf you went to The Great Allentown Comic Con! on July 12th thinking you’d be at a nice little show with a couple hundred people, you ended up being a bit shocked. While I have not heard final attendance numbers, I’m sure there were at least 1,000 people that came through the door. The show boasted a nice variety of media, artist, and cosplay guests including Austin St John and Karan Ashley from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; Nicholas Brendon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book artist Rebekah Isaacs; Marvel/DC artist Bob McLeod; and cosplayer Nicole Marie Jean.

The line to get in to The Great Allentown Comic Con!Part of the long line to get in to The Great Allentown Comic Con!

A TARDIS at the entrance to The Great Allentown Comic Con! A TARDIS sits outside the entrance to The Great Allentown Comic Con!

The show also had a 12-card promo cards being given out. The cards featured show guests and were at random tables in the room, ensuring that attendees actually went to all the tables if they wanted to get the full set. Despite the fact that there was a promo card set created and there were a few attending artists who worked on sketch cards (Bill McKay, Laura Inglis, Rusty Gilligan, and Darren Auck), the only dealer with non-sport cards at the show was Nathan Stubbs, who is a familiar face to attendees of the Philly Non-Sports Card Show (also held at the Merchants Square Mall). This is fairly typical of comic cons as it seems as if most of the attendees are there for the media guests, artists, or for the cosplay. The next Great Allentown Comic Con! promises to be even bigger as they will be celebrating their 5th anniversary with a two-day show November 15 and 16, 2014.

Enjoy our photo gallery below. Be sure to click on the small, thumbnail images for larger machines.

When Three Makes Four

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 10•14

Chronicles of The Three Stooges PROMO 1

Chronicles of The Three Stooges PROMO 1

Chronicles of The Three Stooges PROMO 2

Chronicles of The Three Stooges PROMO 2

This week, we written twice about the brand new Aug/Sep ’14 issue of Non-Sport Update. Rounding out the coverage, we’d like to discuss the Chronicles of The Three Stooges promotional cards from brand new trading card manufacturer RRParks CARDS.

Collectors will find four randomly-inserted Stooges cards inside the issue (as shown at the top and bottom of this post). All are inserted at an equal insertion rate. We checked in with the manufacturer to find out what lead to the decision to insert four cards rather then one, as most other manufacturers do.

“I’m a fan of promo cards—not only are they good advertising but they are just fun to provide as freebies to fellow collectors” said RRParks Cards’ Richard Parks. He continues “I’m a collector at heart—ever since my first box of ‘cards’, the third series of Wacky Packages which my folks bought me back in the early 1970s when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. Now that I actually have my own trading card company, as well as the contract with C3 Entertainment, Inc. to publish Three Stooges cards, I figure I’m going to have as much fun as I can and that includes producing enjoyable promo cards for each of the Stooge series. To me, it’s a blast and the most fun I’ve had in a VERY long time. I certainly hope fellow collectors find them fun, too. And I’d really welcome the comments, suggestions and ideas of fellow card and Stooge collectors. In addition to the blog for Non Sport Update, which I intend to read often, I’ve also set up a comment link at my RRParksCards.com website so that collectors and fans can let me know their thoughts and suggestions.”

Stooges fans should be sure to pick-up a copy of the current issue of Non-Sport Update not only for the promo card, but our coverage on the first Stooges series as well (four series are planned). And be sure to keep reading our blog—We’ll have more coverage of The Chronicles of The Three Stooges later this month.

Chronicles of The Three Stooges PROMO 3

Chronicles of The Three Stooges PROMO 3

Chronicles of The Three Stooges PROMO 4

Chronicles of The Three Stooges PROMO 4

Five Promo Cards To Add To Your Collection

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 09•14

Yesterday we wrote about the cover and stories inside the brand new Aug/Sep ’14 issue of Non-Sport Update. Let’s look at the promo cards today.

Inside NSU‘s brand new issue, look for five exclusive cards—Under The Dome Season One Trading Cards from Rittenhouse Archives; Legendary Encounters: An ALIEN Deck Building Game from Upper Deck;  and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug from Cryptozoic Entertainment. The issue also contains an Adventure Time promotional card with art by Sam Ellis which matches NSU’s original Adventure Time cover. And finally, look for one of four different randomly-inserted Chronicles of The Three Stooges cards from brand new trading card manufacturer, RRParks CARDS. Cards labeled PROMO 1 through PROMO 4 can be found, each inserted at an equal 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.

Under the Dome Season 1 Trading Cards

Under the Dome Season One Trading Cards P2 (Rittenhouse Archives)

Legendary Encounters: An ALIEN Deck Building Game

Legendary Encounters: An ALIEN Deck Building Game unnumbered (Upper Deck)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug P1 (Cryptozoic Entertainment)

Adventure Time

Adventure Time P2 (Cryptozoic Entertainment)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges

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