Is Goal Line Art Officially Over?

Did anyone realize that Goal Line Art didn’t release a “Class of 2017” set last year?  With the Pro Football Hall of Fame getting ready to announce the 2018 class it got me wondering, is Goal Line Art officially over?  A statement on their website reads “Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to continue this series for the “Class of 2017″.  If anything changes or additional information becomes available, it will be posted on this site.”

Between 1989 and 2016 Goal Line Art released an annual set featuring members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  From 1989 to 1994 sets focused on past Hall of Famers.  Starting in 1995 and up to 2016 they were based on that specific year’s induction class.  Although they only produced one set per year, you have to admit these 4″ x 6″ artistic masterpieces have always been eye appealing.  Artist Gary Thomas painted all of them.  If you’ve ever attended an induction ceremony they are ideal for getting autographed.

So what happened?  That’s a good question.  I contacted them and received the same message they posted on their website.  Nothing more.  A few ideas do come to mind though.

Gary Thomas has been doing artwork for the Hall of Fame since the early 60’s.  Perhaps his age and health became an issue.  I reached out to him and got no response.

In April 2016 Panini’s NFL exclusive went into play.  Maybe that had something to do with it.  Goal Line Art released their “Class of 2016” set in June of that year.  Even though Panini’s exclusive was already in play they may have been allowed to squeeze out one more set.

I’d like to think that this was a one year fluke, but I’ve got a feeling it has to do with licensing.  That’s a shame.  Goal Line Art had a good 27 year run, and a loyal following.  You can still purchase past sets.  But it doesn’t look like they’ll be issuing anything new for awhile.  Nobody is talking.

Press Pass Is Officially Over

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Here it is folks.  The official statement released by Press Pass today.  In short, NO redemptions will be honored and NO replacements will be issued for damaged cards.  No official word yet when or if NASCAR fans will see their next trading card set.

We’re disappointed to announce that Press Pass, Inc. is closing the day to day operations, effective immediately.  Accounting and legal resources are in place to conduct a reasonable closure of the business should that be the end result.

We apologize but no redemptions, damages etc. will be honored.  We are very thankful for the years of support from all of our customers and consumers.  Over the past 22 years we’ve strived to produce compelling products that serve the interests of our end consumers.  While it has not always been perfect, we have truly enjoyed our successes, and the relationships we’ve built with so many who share our passion for trading cards.  Our hope now is that our paths will cross again soon.

Warmest Regards,

The Press Pass Staff

Topps Officially Has Valentine’s Day Covered

In 1961 Topps added another Valentine’s Day set to their crazy lineup of products.  The official name of it was Topps Giant Funny Valentines.  I refer to this set as the “tall boys” of Valentine’s Day products.  Unlike the other Valentine’s Day sets Topps issued in 1959 and 1960, these cards are much bigger.  The cards found in the 1961 set measure 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″.  I guess Topps thought they had to change things up a bit.  All of the drawings were done by Jack Davis.  On the front you’ll find a cartoon which sets you up for a punchline on the back.  Topps reissued them again in 1966.

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1961 Topps Giant Funny Valentines #53 front

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1961 Topps Giant  Funny Valentines #53 back – its not uncommon to find writing on the backs considering they were made to be given to people

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1960 Topps Funny Valentines front

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1959 Topps Funny Valentines front

Garbage Pail Kids also have a bunch of Valentine’s Day themed cards.

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