Not long ago most companies were laying off people and looking to cut costs, now with the economy slowly picking up steam, we're seeing more job openings in the sports card industry than ever before.

That's good news if you collect cards + need a job!

Like many open jobs across the country today, only a small percentage of people that apply are even qualified for the job. Some of these jobs listed below require you to have an education - but if you have no knowledge of cards, it would be almost impossible to get hired. Therefore, if you have a blog, comment on forums or generally know a lot about cards - you can use that in your resume & it will actually help you get hired.

Just a quick scan around the industry yields these job openings:

Open Jobs at Panini America

FT - Customer Service Manager

Don't think you get a good response when you ask about your Kobe Bryant redemption? Think Panini could streamline the process so they actually get less call and make customers happier? This is the job for you.

FT - Business Analyst

You're going to need a degree in finance/accounting to land this job ... and it has far less to do with cards as it has to do with numbers. If you're a number cruncher - this is for you.

Open Jobs at Topps

FT - Logistics Analysis

Similar to the Panini Business Analyst, you're in charge of making sure things stay on budget so everyone can feed their families at night. Die-hard collectors probably wouldn't be great at this job - as you'd be cutting things out to make the numbers look better & the products less collectible to the consumer.

FT - Project Manager

Unlike logistics, this is the perfect job for a die-hard collector. You'd be in charge of an entire product line & making sure it pleases collectors. Extensive knowledge of Topps products would help you land this job.

Open Jobs at Upper Deck

FT - Collectible/Toys Brand Manager

Pretty interesting job not closely related to cards, but toys might be a far less complex market to break into if you don't have sports card experience.

Designer/Senior Designer

I hear a lot about how people don't like how cards look these days. With a little practice on PhotoShop & and an art design degree ... you'll be well on your way to creating beautiful works of art that collectors will love.

E-Commerce Marketing Specialist

Maybe you started your own online store & things didn't work out too well ... that's okay because your experience might help you in this job. Selling directly to consumers is what the companies should do more of, and you'll have your chance to make that happen in this job.

Redemption Clerk

Think the companies don't do a good job with redemptions? Here is your chance to make a difference and make some money.

Redemptions Supervisor

You know redemption cards are a big deal when the company actually has a title for the supervisor. My guess is you could really make some head-way in this segment of the business, as no company handles redemptions like they could (or should).

UDA Production Clerk

This job puts you on the front lines of making sure the process of getting an item to be signed is handled as smoothly as possible. This would be a pretty fun job.

UDA Distributor Account Manager

Here you're building relationships with other retailers to see how you can sell them more UDA products. If you have some close ties in the retail world, this would be an excellent choice.

Open Jobs At COMC

Office Assistant

Basically you're filling up coffee and making sure the ink in the printer is filled.

Order Fulfillment Clerk

Ever wonder how the cards get shipped to you when you buy off COMC? This job is the reason why you're cards arrive, and it would probably be an interesting job.

Trading Card Identification Specialist

Sounds like the most interesting job in the house. Identify cards = you must be a collector.

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2011 Leaf Ink Baseball 2011 Leaf Ink Baseball
Release Date: December 20, 2011

5 Cards Per Box
5 Autographs Per Pack

110 Factory Sealed Cases Produced
12 Boxes Per Case
Buyback Signed Cards

Leaf has been on a buying spree - and inside each Leaf Ink Baseball pack will be 4 autographs of previously signed cards. Presumably these will be cards produced by mainstream manufactures such as Topps, Panini and Upper Deck. All of the cards will be autographed and authenticated by PSA/DNA or JSA (James Spence Authentication). One card per box will be a themed 1/1 cut signature card from one of five subsets. Leaf will probably not release too much product information from this set because of a lawsuit filed by Topps regarding using images of their cards to promote their (Leaf) products.

Hand Signed Autographs
JSA or PSA/DNA Authenticated - 4 Per Box

Pride of the Pintstripes
NY Yankees Players

Beantown Heroes
Boston Red Sox Players

Brooklyn Boys
Brooklyn Dodgers Players

Philly's Finest
Philadelphia A's or Phillies Players
1988 Donruss Cal Ripken Jr. Autograph JSA
Example - card may not be in set

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2011 Panini Black Friday 2011 Panini Black Friday
Friday November 25, 2011

Special Packs Sent To Hobby Stores
Check your local shop for availability
Look on eBay: 2011 Panini Black Friday Cards

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2011 Panini Black Friday
Base Set Checklist
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Tom Brady
  • Adrian Peterson
  • Ray Rice
  • Jamaal Charles
  • Andre Johnson
  • Calvin Johnson
  • Steven Stamkos
  • Alexander Ovechkin
  • Sidney Crosby
  • Tyler Seguin
  • Jeff Skinner
  • Taylor Hall
  • Josh Hamilton
  • Albert Pujols
  • Mariano Rivera
  • Adrian Gonzalez
  • Matt Kemp
  • Starlin Castro
2011 Panini Black Friday Adrian Peterson

2011 Panini Black Friday
Rookie Checklist
  • Ryan Nugent Hopkins
  • Gabriel Landeskog
  • Adam Larsson
  • Mark Scheifele
  • Mika Zibanejad
  • Cam Newton
  • Mark Ingram
  • Julio Jones
  • Andy Dalton
  • A.J. Green
  • Anthony Rendon
  • Dylan Bundy
  • Bubba Starling
2011 Panini Black Friday A.J. Green Rookie RC

Draft Day Materials
Event Worn Jersey Cards
Panini Elite Update
Updated cards from Elite Series
TONS of Autographs
Complete Checklist TBA
EA Sports Autographs
Tim Tebow & Marshall Faulk

2011 Panini Black Friday
Pro Bowl Ball
Print Run Listed Below
* = Prime Parallel /2 or /1
  • PBAF Arian Foster /19
  • PBAP Adrian Peterson /22*
  • PBCJ Calvin Johnson /24
  • PBCJ Chris Johnson /20*
  • PBDB Drew Brees /20
  • PBDH DeAngelo Hall /18
  • PBJC Jamaal Charles /18
  • PBLF Larry Fitzgerald /21*
  • PBMR Matt Ryan /20
  • PBMV Michael Vick /23
  • PBPM Peyton Manning /5
  • PBPR Philip Rivers /19
  • PBRL Ray Lewis /24
2011 Panini Black Friday Larry Fitzgerald Pro Bowl Ball

2011 Panini Black Friday
Pro Bowl Ball Autograph
Print Run Listed Below
  • PBAF Arian Foster /1
  • PBCJ Calvin Johnson /1
  • PBDB Drew Brees /4
  • PBDH DeAngelo Hall /1
  • PBJC Jamaal Charles /2
  • PBMR Matt Ryan /3
  • PBMV Michael Vick /2
  • PBPM Peyton Manning /1
  • PBPR Philip Rivers /4
2011 Panini Black Friday Phillip Rivers Pro Bowl Autograph Ball

2011 Panini Black Friday
Pro Bowl Jersey
Print Run Listed Below
* = Prime Parallel /1
  • PBAF Arian Foster /23
  • PBAP Adrian Peterson /45*
  • PBDB Drew Brees /21
  • PBDB Dwayne Bowe /24
  • PBJC Jamaal Charles /22
  • PBLF Larry Fitzgerald /24*
  • PBMV Michael Vick /8
  • PBRL Ray Lewis /20
  • PBRW Reggie Wayne /7
  • PBSJ Steven Jackson /24
2011 Panini Black Friday Dwayne Bowe Pro Bowl Jersey

2011 Panini Black Friday
Pro Bowl Jersey Autograph
Print Run Listed Below
  • PBAF Arian Foster /2
  • PBDB Drew Brees /1
  • PBDB Dwayne Bowe /1
  • PBJC Jamaal Charles /3
  • PBMV Michael Vick /2
  • PBRW Reggie Wayne /3
  • PBSJ Steven Jackson /1
2011 Panini Black Friday Drew Brees Pro Bowl Jersey Auto

2011 Panini Black Friday
Pro Bowl Pylon
Print Run Listed Below
* = Prime Parallel /1
  • PBAF Arian Foster /24
  • PBAP Adrian Peterson /44*
  • PBCJ Calvin Johnson /44*
  • PBCJ Chris Johnson /23*
  • PBDB Drew Brees /24*
  • PBJC Jamaal Charles /24
  • PBLF Larry Fitzgerald /24*
  • PBMR Matt Ryan /23
  • PBMV Michael Vick /24
  • PBPM Peyton Manning /5
  • PBPR Philip Rivers /24
2011 Panini Black Friday Drew Brees Pro Bowl Pylon

2011 Panini Black Friday
Pro Bowl Pylon Autograph
Print Run Listed Below
  • PBAF Arian Foster /1
  • PBDH DeAngelo Hall /9
  • PBJC Jamaal Charles /1
  • PBMR Matt Ryan /2
  • PBMV Michael Vick /1
  • PBPM Peyton Manning /1
  • PBPR Philip Rivers /1
2011 Panini Black Friday Jamaal Charles Pro Bowl Pylon Auto

 

If you live near a baseball card shop be sure to ask them if they are participating in the 2011 Panini Black Friday Promotion. Select dealers will be given quantities of packs that will be given away to collectors during the 2011 holiday shopping season. Randomly inserted into 2011 Panini Black Friday packs will be autographs of some of the biggest stars in NHL, NBA and the NFL. You'll also get a sneak peak at the upcoming baseball products by Panini which includes 2011 Donruss Elite Baseball. Hobby shop owners are encouraged to give the packs away to customers who purchase packs at the store on Black Friday or during the shopping season. If you are a store owner and would like to participate email Rodney Alsup at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The goal for Panini is to create a wrapper redemption program similar to those found at big card shows such as The National and the Toronto Fall Expo. You can be sure that many of the cards will end up on eBay - probably well before Black Friday because dealers will open them and re-sell the cards. Sports Card Radio will update the Black Friday checklist and information for the insert and autograph sets as information becomes available.

2011 Panini Black Friday Tim Tebow Breast Cancer Autograph 2011 Panini Black Friday Kobe Bryant Autograph Patch 2011 Panini Black Friday Marshall Faulk EA Sports Autograph

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Complete Glossy Set

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball
Complete Glossy Set
Release Date: Available Now

999 Sets Produced - Cards are Serial Numbered
10 All New Rookie Cards
Complete 2011 A&G Base Set
Original SRP Price From Topps: $99.99

Insider Sports Card Hobby Tips 2011 Allen & Ginter Baseball Checklist



Something new for collectors who enjoy Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards is an exclusive factory set limited to just 999 total sets. Instead of the traditional matted finish of Allen & Ginter cards - these cards from the exclusive factory set will have a glossy finish to make them very unique. In addition to the 350 cards from the 2011 Allen & Ginter base set - Topps is throwing in 10 exclusive brand new rookie cards not found in the original set.  Every card in the set is also serial numbered to /999.
The 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Glossy Factory set is available online at the ShopTopps website for $99.99. Many of the single cards will be sold online - specifically eBay - as sellers will probably break up many of the sets and sell the cards individually.

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Eric Hosmer Glossy /999 RC
These should be somewhat desirable cards because they are serial numbered /999 and many collectors will be trying to get the players they are after. $99.99 seems like a fair price if you are looking to sell the cards individually or keep the set complete to hold for future value. The per card price is only about $0.30 cents per card after shipping costs. Sending these cards in to Check Out My Cards or selling them on eBay is perhaps a viable option.

Complete Glossy Set
You Get: 350 Card Base Set From 2011 Allen & Ginter

In addition to the 350 card base set from Allen & Ginter - you'll also get 10 exclusive cards that are only available in the high gloss factory set. Several of these cards could be quite hot when these cards go live - specifically the Eric Hosmer and Dustin Ackley. Check the links below to see if anyone has these cards for sale on eBay.
Drop ship with Doba

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