Local card shops are on edge over the uncertainty surrounding the pending arrival of Fantatics’ new trading card company, which could dramatically change the way sports cards are distributed.
GTS Distribution is helping to temporarily ease those concerns with the return of National Hobby Shop Day.
The event, designed to spark business for card and memorabilia shops during the holidays, returns on Saturday, Dec. 11 after a one-year hiatus.
GTS, one of the leading wholesale providers of trading cards, toys, games and other merchandise, is the primary sponsor of the fevent, which will be held for the fifth time.
GTS expects 150 hobby shops nationally to participate in the event and is providing promotional support to participating shops.
The event’s 11 supporting sponsors have contributed numerous products for giveaways, raffles and door prizes, including sports card packs from such card companies as Topps, Panini, Upper Deck, Onyx and others.
GTS, which provides promotional support to participating stores, is offering shops more than 400 unique products for sale, including more than 100 autographed items from such legendary stars as: Stephen Curry, Mariana Rivera, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Shaquille O’Neal, Joe Montana and Mike Tyson.
Shops will also have access to autographed memorabilia from such young stars as: Ronald Acuna Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr., Giannis Antetokounmpo, Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Trevor Lawrence and Tua Tagovailoa.
For more information, including a list of participating shops and updates on promotions, visit the National Hobby Shop Day Facebook page.