Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.
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In The Game acquires Sport Kings LP
Posted May 22, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated May 22, 2013 at 01:11 PM
In The Game, Inc., and Sport Kings LP are owned by Brian Price, and until today they were separate companies. However, Price announced today that he will be merging the two into one. In his blog today, Price said the acquisition of Sport Kings’ assets would make production easier and cause less confusion.
“By making this acquisition, I will be able to continue the production of the Sport Kings brand as the consolidation of the brand into the ITG family makes it easier to move forward with future releases,” Price said. “In the past websites, marketing and sales were kept separately causing confusion in the marketplace, this acquisition removes that confusion.”
Price said he will have a Sportking set (Series F) ready in time for the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago in August..
Price said he bought Sportkings seven years ago, obtaining the right to the original set and releasing his first product in 2007. That was put out by the Goudey Gum Company in 1934 and ‘35 and paid tribute to the top athletes of the day with a wonderfully, paint-like look.
Some of the athletes Price said will sign for Series F include Shaquille O’Neal and Scottie Pippen (basketball) , Bill Parcells, and Frank Gifford (football), Fernando Valenzuela (baseball) and Kerri Strug (gymnastics). These will be on-card signatures.
Artist Jared Kelly will create the art cards, including the Memorable Moments insert. Kelly will depict 20 significant moments in sports history and create four cards for each to fit like a puzzle. One that Price depicted on his blog was the famous celebration shot of U.S. women’s soccer star Brandi Chastain.
Series F also will contain Body of Work jumbo patches, accompanied by artwork of the players.