While all sports have a fan base to follow them, NASCAR not only has the fan support, but for most of us, it’s a way of life. The only time other sports see a fanatical gathering of fans is when the playoffs start. How many times during regular season does one actually see fans get as fanatical of their sport as NASCAR does? Every race in NASCAR is like a playoff for the fans. They plan their vacations, their finances, and their overall schedule by it. So for most, it’s not just a sport, it’s a way of life.
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Recently, the Topps Company was bought out by a group of private investors headed by former Disney Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Eisner. The Tornante Co. LLC paid just over $385 million dollars for the number two card maker (second to Upper Deck). Topps was bought out not only for its sports card market. Most collectors do not know that Topps is also the producer of candy/confectionery (Bazooka Bubble gum), Pokemon Cards, Wizkids and Comic Books.
Was this buyout a good buy? For a private company maybe, but not for the small time investor.
A few years ago, I used to teach a More >
By: 24_JGordonFan_24 (written in 2006)
It was 1994 and just another average Sunday at our house. Flipping through the channels on TV, she came upon a NASCAR race once again. “Oh great,” she thought with a sigh, “anything but this.” Many times she’d come across these races, annoyed that they were taking the place of any other show that could be on. “Just cars going in circles, what fun is that?” she’d think. But, as she’d soon find out, today would turn out to be quite different….
A brightly colored car with a number 24 on the side caught her eye. Well, More >
Most baseball collectors know that baseball cards today are produced by Topps and Upper Deck. This is also generally true across most sports. The sports card industry wasn’t always a monopoly and was a billion dollar industry. In an attempt to limit the saturated sports card market, MLB canceled their license with Donruss/Playoff in 2006. Just before that, Fleer went bankrupt and was bought out by Upper Deck. The reasoning behind MLB not renewing their contract with Donruss was weak at best. How is cutting of Donruss completely off, while allowing Upper Deck to produce new lines of product reducing More >
In 1951, Topps produced its first set of 52 baseball cards. These cards were produced to mimic the game of baseball. The cards had baseball actions printed on them like “strike” and “Home Run” labeled near each player. Two friends could get together and play a game of “fantasy” baseball with their favorite Major League Baseball players.
The foundation for “Pack Wars” was laid in 1952 when Topps added player statistics and biographical information to the back of their product. Topps’ intent was to sell bubble gum, but they started a market that would become a $1.2 billion dollar market More >