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Trading Card Business Goes to Fanatics

Topps, the trading card business that paired Bazooka bubble gum and baseball cards over fifty years ago, has been bought by Fanatics, the sports memorabilia company.

The sale valued Topps’s sports and entertainment sectors at just over $500 million. Topps lost its 70-year-old licensing agreement with Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to Fanatics in August 2021.

This deal is just another one of Fanatics’s recent purchases. They bought Majestic apparel company in 2017. As leagues search for new sources of revenue, beyond ticketing, Fanatics has introduced all sorts of avenues including ads on jerseys, legal sports gambling, and now trading card licensing agreements.

Emerging Post-Coronavirus Investment Sectors: Diamonds

One of the impacts of COVID-19 was investors altering their usual investment behavioral patterns. One of the emerging investment industries during this time was fine jewelry, in particular, diamonds. Even before the coronavirus outbreak, business investor Mozes Victor Konig believed that diamonds made a sound investment choice.  He said: “The first thing I learned in… Continue Reading

Investors Banking on Lidar

More investors are joining the trend to invest on lidar technology – the remote sensing method that uses laser light to measure distances and has garnered ample interest from automakers in recent times. Until around 2015, lidar technology – which in a  nutshell uses laser light to measure distances – attracted a very specifically-defined section… Continue Reading

Rosalind Brewer Becomes 20th Black CEO in America

Rosalind Brewer has been named incoming CEO of Walgreens, effective March 15, 2021. This role makes Brewer, who is leaving her position as COO at Starbucks, the only Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. Brewer joins the other 19 Black CEOs — 17 men and two women — who have ever been listed as… Continue Reading

Celebrate Women Virtual Conference

Celebrate Women Virtual Conference

“Surviving (and Thriving) in Unsettling Times.” That is the theme and topic of the 15th annual Celebrate Women virtual conference set to begin on Friday, March 19, 2021. Alison Levine, American mountain climber, sportswoman, explorer, leadership consultant and best-selling author, will deliver the keynote address. Levine was team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition,… Continue Reading

Virtual is the In-Person of 2021

Most in-person marketing events and conferences are pivoting to virtual gatherings as professionals continue to seek to expand their network, grow their business, and up their game. Digital marketing conferences, enable the most innovative, creative, and imaginative marketing minds to come together. When considering hosting a virtual event, it is important to remember that a… Continue Reading

Funding Boost for NY Security Company

The New York City-based, BigID, a privacy and protection technology company, has raised $70 million in Series D funding. Salesforce Ventures and Tiger Global lead the investing this cycle. Longstanding supporters of BigID, Bessemer Venture Partners, Scale Venture Partners, and Boldstart Ventures put forth additional funding. Series A funding in January 2018 yielded $14 million… Continue Reading