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GTS Distribution July 2015

ESPN' Mint Condition producer Kelsey Schroyer's weekly Hobby talk.

Take a look at the youngsters making an impact

Products with value worth going back and taking a look!

We've been working hard to further develop the GTS blog with the goal of providing more and more information for retailers to use. 

Most recently we've added the segments you can see in this newsletter on the left column. Mint Musings is written by the producer of ESPN Mint Condition, Kelsey Schroyer. It's his take different aspects of the hobby. The Future Watch segment is a quick snapshot of top young talent, including videos and links to products where some of their key cards can be found. And our latest addition is the Product Rewind feature. A look back at some older releases that offer good value and opportunity for your shops.

This is great content that is in addition to the Product Release Calendar, Video Solicitations, Sales & Promotions and Hot In The Shop that were already mainstays on Bookmark our blog, share our content with your customers, let the content we've built help you sell more.

Below is an article on Artifacts Hockey - a great early season hockey release that offers rookie redemptions for the upcoming rookie class. Orders are due on this one, so don't miss out.

You can also find on the blog a comprehensive guide to the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention - this is a one-stop shop for information on programs that are being run in Chicago this year.

Lastly, there's a new game in town, and GTS is proud to offer Platinum Series Baseball. The game was developed by a team that loves baseball, and loves trading cards; they've put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this dice board game. Please check it out and bring a copy of the game into your store.

Thanks for your support,
Team GTS 
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Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Delivers First Key Rookies - Since its debut in 2005, Artifacts Hockey by Upper Deck has been a core product in the company's portfolio. It's also been a favorite for collectors due to its early issue on the release calendar and the product's higher-end feel at a reasonable price point.


In addition, Artifacts is the first hockey set of the year to deliver premium cards of key rookies. These factors all combine to make Artifacts Hockey a powerhouse in the hobby and a big hit on the secondary market. The 2015-16 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey version is scheduled for release on October 7th, 2015.


2015-16 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey delivers (3) Autographed or Relic Cards, (1) Rookie Redemption Card, (1) Card #'d to 99 or less  and (3) Cards #'d to 999 or less in Every Box! On average, 7 out of every 10 boxes will contain a card featuring either a patch, strap, stick, tag, six-swatch jersey or premium autograph!


In addition, 2015-16 Artifacts features a NEW and EXPANDED Rookie Redemption Program. The Top 5 Draft Picks will now feature a full array of numbered Memorabilia and Autographed Memorabilia cards., including 1-of-1 Black Foil, Patch Tag Autographs!


Here is a closer look at the product attributes that make Artifacts hockey a must have for collectors year-in and year-out.

  • Early Release
  • First Premium Rookie Cards
  • Higher-End Content
  • Reasonable Price Point

Early Release/First Premium Rookie Cards

As with other sports, hockey eases into its release schedule with a couple of affordably priced products. Artifacts is one of those products but has the added benefit of being the first set of the year to deliver premium cards of the new season's rookie class.


As the name implies, game-worn/used memorabilia is at the core of Artifacts' checklist. However, the focus on  memorabilia doesn't mean the product is light on autographs. On the contrary, the signatures incorporated into the build-out of the product through the years has provided considerable value for collectors.


This is particularly true with the brand's, now legendary, Artifacts Rookie Redemption and Artifacts Autograph Rookie Redemption cards. Through the years, the realized prices for these cards has been very strong. Don't you wish every non-autographed rookie card, numbered as high as 699, in your collection would routinely sell for $15 or more?!?!


What Starts like this...
...ends up becoming this!


Such is the case with Tampa Bay Lightning future star, Jonathan Drouin's Artifacts Rookie Redemption card from 2014-15 Upper Deck ArtifactsDrouin's Artifacts rookie card is just one of dozens of examples of this being the case.


The autographed version obviously sells at a significantly higher price but is still within reach of most collectors creating a win-win for the seller and buyer.

Recently sold for $60

Through the history of the brand, collector's have eagerly anticipated the announcement of each year's Rookie Redemption players. Quite a buzz gets generated as collectors speculate on who the subjects will be.

Higher-End Content/Reasonable Price Point

As previously mentioned, Artifacts relies heavily on the use of game-worn/used memorabilia as a whole and not simply jerseys. Hockey, unlike any other sport, provides an abundance of creative options for product developers to draw from when building out a hockey card product. The nature of the equipment lends itself well to a product like Artifacts that can incorporate goalie gear, fight straps, pads, skates, face masks and more. Through the years, collectors have been rewarded with all sorts of unique trading cards thanks to the Artifacts brand.


Several unique insert sets have been at the heart of Artifacts since its inception. Among the most popular of these is Tundra Tandems which pairs two-players, usually teammates, and showcasing two jersey swatches or patches.


Another of these popular inserts is the aforementioned autograph set, Auto Facts. Featuring beautifully designed cards and some of the most legendary names in hockey, collectors are willing to pay top dollar for these gems.

With a brand name like Artifacts, no product would be complete without an array of colorful patch card offerings. Artifacts delivers these in multiple insert and subsets including the aforementioned Tundra Tandems and Treasured Patches. Again, these beautifully designed cards provide a high-end look without breaking the bank while still providing good value for memorabilia cards as evidenced by some recent sales prices on eBay.


Here is a look at some of the brilliant content Artifacts Hockey has delivered over the last few years.

Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Delivers First Key Rookies Image Gallery

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NEW Platinum Series Baseball Card Game Makes You Part of "The Show" -  Gaming publisherPlatinum Series Baseball (PSB) is bringing a new, baseball-themed tabletop game of the same name to hobby shops across the country. Officially licensed by the Major League Baseball Players Association,Platinum Series Baseball is a fast-paced tabletop dice and card game that puts you in control of a major league franchise. While several baseball-themed games have come and gone over time, Platinum Series Baseball promises an all-new game-play experience by maintaining an incredible level of baseball authenticity and statistical accuracy.

Platinum Series Baseball - A fast paced, action packed game built around comprehensive player ratings for the ultimate in realistic play. Draft and manage your team with real players, real stats for real fun!

Platinum Series Baseball - First Edition, combines the collectibility of baseball cards, similar to the classic trading card game, MLB Showdown with the statistical accuracy of the timeless Strat-o-Matic Baseball.

With PSB, as players develop their skills, they can take on ever increasing challenges of game play insuring a long and sustained lifespan of the game. Different game formats allow you to play games in as quickly as 40 minutes. Advanced Play adds increased realism and more strategy to the game, which in turn lengthens the playing time.

Everything you need to play comes right in the box.

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It's a whole new game - and it starts today!

  • (1) Game Board
  • (1) Instruction Manual
  • (30) Player Cards
  • (4) Card Holders
  • (3) 10-Sided Dice
  • (1) Pad of Scoring Sheets (50)
  • (1) Pencil

The game is designed to allow players to customize their teams with the addition of other player cards via traditionalBooster Packs. Called Player Packs, they contain acomplete team with eight (8) position players and four (4) pitchers for a total of (12) cards per pack. Each box ofPlayer Packs contains (24) packsBUILD YOUR OWN ALL-STAR TEAM!! Do you have what it takes to play the role of General Manager and Team ManagerPSB will put all of your baseball knowledge and game-playing skills to the test in a fun, interactive way never before seen in a tabletop baseball card board game. Real players, real stats, real fun!

NEW Platinum Series Baseball Card Game Makes You Part of "The Show" - Game Box & Pack Opening Experience

As you can see, each game box and pack delivers great value! Retailers can cash-in on the popularity ofcollectible card games and baseball cards by carrying this MLBPA endorsed and licensed product.Platinum Series Baseball - First Edition is available in the following product configurations:

Game Boxes: 20 games per case/ 1 game per box

Player Pack Boxes: 20 display boxes per case/24 packs per box/12 cards per pack

NEW Platinum Series Baseball Card Game Makes You Part of "The Show" - The Game Play

The outcome of the game is determined by several key factors which truly separate PSB from other baseball-themed games. The game takes into account the following:

  • Your players real statistical abilities
  • Your managerial capability
  • The attributes of the ballpark you're playing in
  • Weather conditions
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the opposition
  • Just as real baseball, a little luck

However, despite all these various factors and attributes, its Platinum Series Baseball's player cardsthat are the heart of the game. They make the game fast-paced and easy to play while maintaining an incredible level of baseball authenticity and statistical accuracy. This balance of game-play and realism is achieved by PSB's comprehensive player ratings, which are included on each player's card.

PSB only takes between 15 and 20 minutes to set up and half that time for more experienced players. This includes:

  • Selecting your team
  • Making your starting lineup and batting order
  • Determining the game day weather

Once you're finished with the set up, you're ready to play ball.

As mentioned earlier, each ballpark has its own unique attributes. This is just one more way PSBdifferentiates itself. Some of these ballpark characteristics include:

  • Varying outfield fence distances and heights
  • Different infield and outfield types
  • Different foul territory sizes
  • Unique effects on certain types of plays

What's more, each ballpark is in a specific geographical region of the country with varying weather patterns which can also have an impact on a game of Platinum Series Baseball.

All of these characteristics and attributed are pre-calculated into the game-play allowing for a seamless interaction between one player and another. As would be expected, the offensive manager rolls the dice for the batters and the defensive manager rolls for the fielders when applicable.

You can learn more about Platinum Series Baseball - First Edition