Press Pass—End of an Era?

Posted: January 2, 2015 by Crackin' Wax in General
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News broke earlier today that “game-used” pioneers Press Pass may be closing up shop for good. Darren Rovell of ESPN sent out a tweet earlier in the day expressing just as much.

Press Pass is currently the sole manufacturer of NASCAR trading cards, a product they are most well known for. In 1996, they became the first trading card manufacturer to embed materials inside trading cards using items such as used tires and fire suits.

Having never collected or purchased any Press Pass products, I can’t say that I will personally miss the niche company. However, the trading card industry needs more manufacturers to breed competition, not less. I don’t believe losing Press Pass will make much of a dent in the hobby, especially if the NASCAR license gets picked up by another company (perhaps Leaf), but hearing about any manufacturer shuttering is never welcome news.

The first ever Ladies’ Night charity break is coming up in just over two weeks! This fun and unique mixer is being hosted by @literalquirk (her first time) and benefits VDay, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. If you’d like to help us raise funds for this fantastic charity and/or you want to have a fun time getting an awesome assortment of cards, head over to the Ladies’ Night page and grab some spots soon!

  1. vcuhokie says:

    I only ever collected Press Pass’ football products, which had become downright uninspired lately. They did some really cool stuff in the 90’s and early 2000’s, though. Either way, always hate to lose another card company. :-(

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